Visiting Spindleberry Nature Reserve

 Following our pumpkin patch visit it was time for hubby to choose how he wished to spend the remainder of the day. Despite the weather threatening to throw rain down upon us he plumped for a set of geocaches around Spindleberry Nature Reserve.

Visiting Spindleberry Nature Reserve
Spindleberry Nature Reserve is located behind Oxford's Football Stadium. While the football ground can be rather a noisy place given the concerts and football that inevitably goes on there. The nature reserve by contrast is a rather quiet, reflective place where wooden structures can be found and wildlife dominates.

Visiting Spindleberry Nature Reserve

The girls still excited after seeing a pumpkin patch were still full of denergy and when they spotted a sleepy wooden carved dragon head they decided it would make for a great game of climbing and trying not to wake the dragon up.

Visiting Spindleberry Nature Reserve

This was soon followed by a game of walk the plank and stepping stumps. Of course as soon as the youngest had seen her sister being led around it she was up for the challenge too. As it had rained recently the wood was a little slippery underfoot but I made sure to keep a firm hold of the girls as they had fun.


Visiting Spindleberry Nature Reserve

Then on to the pond where the ducks were being very audible. So audible that our youngest was soon chanting 'duck'. The pond is not enclosed so I was fearful that they may run around it and slip in! Fortunately the girls didn't and they were as oblivious of the heron as they were of the danger the water could pose.

Visiting Spindleberry Nature Reserve

Close to the pond was a carved owl. It always amazes me how talented wood carvers are as they ciut away at the wood and create an object of beauty without a slip of the tool it seems.

All too soon it was time to get back to our car and conclude our little day of discovery.

Have you ventured to a nature reserve? What has been your experience?

Comments

  1. What a great place to have close to the pumpkin patch. I've never been to a pumpkin patch but they strike me as a lot of fun for a short amount of time and then you need something else. It looks like the nature reserve had just the right things to fire your girls imaginations. #CountryKids

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  2. What a lovely way to end the day and it looks like you had the place to yourselves. We have a few nature reserves near us, they are ideal to take the kids to and let them run off some energy.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend. x

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  3. Looks like a lovely place to escape the crowds. We have spindleberry bushes in our woods, they are beautiful at the moment and I love the name! #CountryKids

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  4. We love nature reserves and you’ve proved just how little I know the area I live in as I’ve not heard of this one. Will investigate #countrykids

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  5. This looks like a lovely place to spend an afternoon. The dragon head carving is so neat. We recently went to a sculpture garden. #countrykids

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  6. That dragon’s head looks like the perfect spot for some imaginative play to burn off some energy. Stepping across stumps is always fun too. Love the carved owl and we love seeing ducks too. #CountryKids

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  7. What a fab nature reserve to have in the middle of Oxford! I remember many moments around ponds like that with my heart in my mouth hoping Caroline wouldn't slip but wanting to allow her the freedom of adventure! They are tough Mummy moments. #CountryKids

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  8. I love the owl! And stepping stumps are always a favourite for us. It’s really fab that there are so many great nature reserves and other nature areas to visit, I often think the best days out are those that are just spent exploring nature without too much of a plan, just going with the flow x #CountryKids

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  9. What a lovely place - my pair would love the stepping stumps! #countrykids

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