Hutchcomb's Copse: "A quiet, secluded gem of an ancient oak woodland
with clear conservation potential."
Oxfordshire Badger Group recently purchased Hutchcomb’s Copse, a small ( 2 acre) parcel of ancient and semi-ancient natural oak woodland (ASNW) on Cumnor Hill close to Oxford City. The site has been wooded continuously since before 1600. Some of the great oaks are over 150 years old. This vibrant and diverse habitat needs careful conservation to thrive.
We plan to restore and manage the wood as a permanent habitat for native wildlife - including some very lucky badgers. This challenging and exciting community project offers many new volunteering opportunities.
We need your help to raise £30,000 over the next three years
We were delighted to be invited to buy Hutchcomb’s Copse and conserve it as a nature reserve. Thanks to a generous Trustee loan, we could quickly complete the purchase. Now we have the vital task of raising funds to repay the loan within the agreed pe
We need volunteers to help conserve the copse
Our first tasks are establishing safe paths and securing the boundaries. We are arranging professional surveys to check the condition of the woodland and see what species are present. The surveys will help us identify any urgent conservation work and create a longer-term management plan for the wood.
We're keen to form a community of supporters and volunteers dedicated to looking after the wood. We’ll call for people to join small work parties as soon as we're ready to start. Maybe you want to help without getting your boots dirty in the field? We need people willing to do fundraising and general project management.
The wood is not open to the public. In time, we plan to organise educational visits and guided walks to show people around while minimising any disturbance.
Visit our website for more information and join our Hutchcomb volunteer mailing list.