Cuttlebrook Conservation Volunteers


The Cuttlebrook is a tributary of the River Thame. The Brook starts as a series of streams that emerge at the spring line from the chalk scarp of the Chilterns near the ancient villages of Aston Rowant, Kingston Blount and Sydenham, flowing past Thame Park and Moreton through agricultural land towards Thame, where it joins the main river.
The Cuttlebrook Nature Reserve is owned by Thame Town Council and managed by the Cuttlebrook Conservation Volunteers. The reserve starts at the old Phoenix Trail bridge and continues down to the Oxford Road.  The brook flows through the middle of the reserve and on to join the River Thame shortly afterwards. The local nature reserve is next to the Southern Road Recreation Ground. It covers about 12.5 ha (30 acres). The brook runs for nearly 900 metres through the reserve. New housing developments being built around Thame may have an impact on the water quality and wildlife of the area.
The Cuttlebrook volunteers started in 1993 and hold regular work parties on the third Sunday morning of each month to carry out practical work and to monitor wildlife.  There are also monthly Wednesday work parties. New volunteers are always welcome – no previous experience required!cbcvThe Cuttlebrook reserve is a mix of broadleaved woodland, flower rich meadows, the brook, reed and sedge beds, a pond and areas of thorn scrub and hedgerows. The volunteers do a wide variety of tasks – from maintaining paths  to hedge-laying – and carry out regular scientific surveys on the reserve.

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