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Lye Valley
LNR Type: Urban
County: Oxfordshire
Natural England
Regional Team:
South East
Year of Declaration: 1995
Declaring Authority: Oxford City Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SP 547 058
Location: Slade Road, Headingon, Oxford, OX3 7HP
Owned by: Oxford City Council
Managed by: Oxford City Council
SSSI Type: Biological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Car: Girdlestone Road off the Main B4495 The Slade.
Bus, the No 15 Bus stops in Girdlestone Road from which it is a short walk to the entrance next to 173 Slade Road. Other Bus services: 31, 31A, 45, Circleline 40.
Train: Oxford
Visitor facilities: There is a path that runs from the Slade Road down through the Reserve.
What to see: The site contains a range of habitats including spring-fed lowland fen, a variety of ponds, and wet woodland with small representations of lowland calcareous grassland, wood pasture and parkland. Lye Valley has one of the best examples of a calcareous valley fen, a nationally rare habitat. The plant and animal species of the Lye Valley fen are thought to have lived there since they colonised the spring areas after the retreat of the last ice age perhaps 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Oxford Conservation Volunteers
For more information contact Cathy Rose
Email or
Tel 01844 355 506
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Oxford City Council
Tel. 01865 252240
General enquiries
Tel 01865 249811
Email using the online contact forms
Website address and other links:
alternatively try and search for Lye Valley Local Nature Reserve

Last updated 26/03/13
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