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The Letcombe brook is one of only two chalk streams in Oxfordshire and consequently contains some fascinating and unique wildlife, making it an essential destination for any wildlife enthusiasts visiting the area. The clear waters are home to water voles and unusual fish such as bullheads, brown trout and brook lamprey. The river banks and surrounding remnants of ancient woodland are home to rare flies, kingfishers, egrets, Daubenton's bats (at dusk), barn owls and a huge variety of wild flowers.
Regular events are held at the reserve, including bird and bat watching, moth trapping and wildlife discovery days. If you miss these, you can always follow the self-guided nature trail (see website).
Parking areas can be found on Bassett Road, a short walk away from the reserve. Alternatively, the reserve is a 1.5 mile walk (approximately) from the Ridgeway National Trail.