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Nature Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 3FU
Thames Valley branch

Come along and find out about the myriad of fauna and flora found throughout the mosaic of habitats on our visit to the Nature Discovery Centre at Thatcham.


This visit will include a brief presentation on the work of the centre, followed by a guided tour of the internationally important Thatcham Reedbeds nature reserve led by Dr Michael Keith-Lucas.

The Nature Discovery Centre is run by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust and is part of the West Berkshire Living Landscape Partnership project with West Berkshire Council, which aims to connect local people with their natural heritage and link up and improve the wildlife habitats.

The nature reserve is one of the largest areas of inland reedbed in southern England and is home to a number of breeding birds, such as Water Rail, Reed Bunting, Cetti's, Sedge and Reed Warblers, as well as 14 species of dragonflies and damselflies and the rare reedbed specialist, Desmoulin's Whorl Snail.

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust was founded in 1959 (as the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Naturalist Trust - BBONT) by local ecologists who could see the extent of harm being done to the wonderfully rich natural environment of the three counties. Since then they have worked with local people to make Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire rich in wildlife.


The Nature Discovery Centre is located 2.6 miles from Newbury railway station and 1.7 miles away from Thatcham station. Please see the map for details of how to get there.

Booking and further information

This is a free event but limited to 25 places, which will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, so to avoid disappointment please login or register to make a booking. Please note that a maximum of 3 places are permitted per booking due to the restricted numbers. If you have any problems booking your place please contact the RSB Team and if you have any queries then please contact Thames Valley branch.