We had been meaning to do the Bernwood butterfly trail for some time but only got round to doing it a few days ago. I must warn you, do NOT go without your wellies, despite it being one of the hottest days when we went, it was muddy in a lot of areas!
The forest is located just inside Oxfordshire on the border with Buckinghamshire, so is within easy reach from Oxford, Bicester, Aylesbury and Thame. The full walk is about 2 miles long, and circular but you can cut it short if you want.
As the name indicates, it is famous for its butterflies. The trail comprises clearly marked paths which weave through woodlands. You can stick to the wide grass paths or get lost in the woods like we did, either way you will see quite a few butterflies fluttering around you. We were a built spoilt on our recent visit to the Stratford butterfly farm but the wall overall is quite nice (and very natural). There are trees to climb, logs to balance on, branches to make dens with. We even spotted a wooden treehouse like structure
🗺 Between Stanton St John and Oakley, OX33 1BJ
🚘 Free parking
🚽 No toilets or refreshments
👶 Doable with buggy if you stick to the paths but can be bumpy- better avoid it
🐕 Dogs allowed
🍕 No cafe or refreshments
🧺 Picnic allowed
FUN FACTS: The wood contains about forty species of butterflies making it one of the most important habitats in Britain.
🦋 Carefully managed ancient hedgerows support the rare black and brown hairstreak butterflies.
🦋 Grassland butterflies include the marbled white, meadow brown, small copper and the dainty common blue.
🦋 Many day-flying moths can also be seen here, including the burnet companion and the distinctive metallic green forester moth.
🐜 Lots of other insects and minibeasts including ants, grasshoppers, dragonflies, Beatles and ladybirds
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