What We Do


We are a group of volunteers who help to manage the Cuttle Brook Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in conjunction with Thame Town Council.

We usually meet on the third Sunday and last Wednesday of every month to do seasonal tasks on the reserve and, occasionally, special projects .

Tasks are often physical, but there is good disabled access on the reserve and we encourage volunteers of all ages and abilities, as there is always something that somebody can do.

Tasks can include:

  • Repairing paths and boardwalks
  • Maintaining and creating habitats for wildlife
  • Surveying wildlife: Birds; Bats; Butterflies; Flora
  • Managing the reed beds
  • Litter picking
  • Hedge laying
  • Shrub/tree planting
  • Mowing and strimming paths
  • Monitoring and managing hydrology, especially on the reed beds


We also meet formally four times per year to plan the work parties and discuss matters concerning the reserve and volunteers. These planning meetings are open to all volunteers and are overseen by a small core committee.

There is an informal, monthly pub meeting on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday work party. This is also open to all, and is more of a social to get together to discuss the coming work party.


  1. cuttlebrook September 5, 2014at 12:14 pm

    My mother Beryl Benzing recently passed away having lived in Thame on Chiltern Vale since 1960. My Mother loved animals and wildlife and was a frequent user of the reserve, walking the dogs once or twice a day.
    I would to plant a small coppice of suitable native trees within the nature resenrve in her memory, which I would fund and also help with the planting as appropriate.
    Could you please let me know if this would be possible and/or make contact to discuss through in more detail

  2. cuttlebrook September 5, 2014at 12:14 pm

    Please can you tell me how many acres/hectares cuttlebrook is on. Thank you Archie

    • cuttlebrook September 5, 2014at 12:14 pm

      The reserve is approximately 11 hectares.

  3. cuttlebrook September 5, 2014at 12:14 pm

    I am a recent retiree, living in Kingston Blount, with time on my hands looking for voluntary work in conservation. I have contacted a number of similar agencies locally, with this in mind but unfortunately the vast majority can only offer weekend participation, while I am looking for something to help occupy my weekdays. I am reasonably fit & enjoy physical work, if a little out of practise! If there is any way that you think that I could contribute, please let me know.

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