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Burgess Field Nature Park
Burgess Field Nature Park entrance 1.jpg
The southern entrance of the nature reserve
Burgess Field Nature Park is located in Oxfordshire
Burgess Field Nature Park
Burgess Field Nature Park
OS grid reference SP 49725 07491
Civil parish
  • unparished
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Oxford
Postcode district OX2 0NL
Dialling code 01865
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
  • Oxford West and Abingdon
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51°46′27″N 1°16′42″W / 51.774257°N 1.278283°W / 51.774257; -1.278283

Burgess Field Nature Park (also known as Burgess Field) is a nature reserve next to Port Meadow, Oxford, in Oxfordshire, England, managed by Oxford City Council.


The site is between Port Meadow to the west and the railway line to the east, just north of the Aristotle Lane entrance to Port Meadow and the Trap Ground Allotments. The reserve is on a reclaimed landfill site and is approximately 30 hectares (74 acres) in area. There are open grass areas, some woodland, and a path around the edge of the site, as well as some paths crossing the site. Wildlife includes birds such as cuckoo, short-eared owl and jack snipe.

The site was used for landfill until the 1980s and is thus higher than Port Meadow, which regularly floods. The area was landscaped, with trees and hedge planting in the 1990s. The name may derive from the burgesses who endowed Godstow Nunnery with land.

John Thompson

John Thompson memorial stone, Burgess Field Nature Park
John Thompson memorial stone

The site includes a memorial stone to John Thompson (1941–2015), the city of Oxford's landscape architect, who inspired the nature reserve and planted over 10,000 trees in Oxford.

Friends of Burgess Field

There is a Friends of Burgess Field organization, formed in 2018. Volunteers help to maintain the site.

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