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Oughtonhead Common

Oughtonhead Common is a local nature reserve with a wide variety of wildlife habitats. The common is dominated by the Grazing Common and the River Oughton, a spring fed chalk stream. The Common has a diverse range of habitats including the river, sedge and reed beds, dry and wet grassland, woodland and scrub, resulting in a rich variety of wildlife.

The River Oughton meanders along the edge of the common, eventually joining the River Hiz. Trout, from the local trout farm, sticklebacks and tadpoles can be found in the rivers which are generally very clean.

The site has a rich array of wildlife including over 200 different types of plant, many species of birds, over 20 species of butterfly, various dragonflies, moths and other insects, frogs toads and newts and some mammals. Birds such as herons and kingfishers have been seen and mallards are plentiful.

There is an extensive network of surfaced paths suitable for wheelchair users. Footpaths link with Ham Bridge Way, Icknield Way and the Chilterns.

Park in the Swinburne Avenue playing fields car park.









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