Welcome to Aston’s Eyot

Aston’s Eyot is a nature reserve with public access in East Oxford, managed by the charity Friends of Aston’s Eyot.

The eyot is a 32-acre island in Oxford. It’s formed by the River Thames, the River Cherwell and Shire Lake Ditch. Once upon a time, it was a rubbish tip. Now it’s a haven for wildlife. It’s a mosaic of woodland, open area and scrub, ready for you to enjoy responsibly. It’s a great place for a quiet stroll, dog walking, running, picnicking by the river, and watching wildlife.

In 2022 Christ Church College, the owners of the land, granted the Friends of Aston’s Eyot a longstanding lease to act as custodians of the reserve, maintaining and restoring habitats. Please support the work of the Friends of Aston’s Eyot by making a donation. Your gift will be used for vital conservation work.

Be a Friend of the eyot

Access to Aston’s Eyot is free. But, maintaining it and restoring habitats needs funds. Become a Friend and help preserve it.

Visiting the eyot

You can access Aston’s Eyot for free and enjoy everything the nature reserve has to offer, responsibly.

Get Involved

Fancy rolling up your sleeves and volunteering? Maybe you know your nettles from your woundwort? Or perhaps you can make a donation towards our conservation?

Contact us

Seen something on the eyot? Spotted a rare bird? Want to report an issue with a path? Contact us by emailing info@friendsofastonseyot.org or through our Facebook page.