The pool dates from the 1790's and, like the adjacent reservoir, was constructed to provide the Oxford Canal with a water supply. The area is now a reserve of the Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust with the pool and its surroundings covering 4 hectares (for oldies like me that is 10 acres).
A small quantity of Spindle, Euonymus europaeus, is present near the entrance. With its small, yellow-green flowers it is easily overlooked but later in the year it is a different matter. Its bright, sealing-wax pink fruit are quite striking - and poisonous.
A few Spindle bushes occur near the reserve entrance.
Byfield Pool. 3 May, 2017
|The path snakes between willow trees. Byfield Pool. 3 May, 2017|
|A little Bugle was present. Byfield Pool. 3 May, 2017|
The caterpillar of the Drinker Moth. Byfield Pool. 3 May, 2017