Otmoor Nature Reserve is one of the my favourite places to walk in Oxford. It’s usually totally deserted, so it’s a great place to walk, pray, think. A watery world of sea and sky, lagoon-like ponds reflecting the sky, punctuated by the honks of wild geese and swans, and the quacks of ducks,and the cries of herons and seagulls.
Otmoor Nature Reserve is a tranquil area of marshland with a few gravel roads visitors can walk. (The reserve has no postcode, but OX3 9TD will take you into Otmoor Lane, and just follow this road to the reserve car park at the end.) To see birds well, you need binoculars, or even a telescope. We went to enjoy the scenery.
The reserve is known for blackthorn. Similar to hawthorn, but can be distinguished because it flowers earlier.
I was surprised by the quality of the iphone photo below: