Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Thatcham Nature Reserve 2018
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 09:30

Details:

On a rather dull day, 20 members turned out to walk around the discovery centre. It was rather muddy in places but the weather did improve with a little sun at times.

The lake by the centre had the usual mallard, gadwall, pochard with coots and moorhens. Walking on round the path across the marshy area, we did see Cetti’s warbler, reed bunting and some saw a bullfinch.

We walked towards the River Kennet and reached the hide at Lower Farm. Here we all saw the best bird of the day which was the black-necked grebe. Also from the hide we saw shelduck, snipe, grey heron, shoveler and wigeon.

On the way back from the hide we saw greenfinch, goldfinch and kestrel, all in the same tree. As a group we saw a total of 50 species, which is good.

We headed back to the centre along the River Kennet and walked over the railway line hoping to get lunch at the centre but it was closed, so some found a local pub.

Thatcham Nature Reserve, 7/3/2018, sunny periods

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose

Shelduck

Wigeon

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Shoveler

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Cormorant

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

Red Kite

Common Buzzard

Moorhen

Coot

Lapwing

Snipe

Black-headed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Feral Pigeon

Wood Pigeon

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Kestrel

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Cetti's Warbler

Long-tailed Tit

Treecreeper

Wren

Blackbird

Redwing

Robin

Dunnock

Chaffinch

Bullfinch

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Reed Bunting

50 Bird Species seen

20 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Thatcham Habitat

Meet at 9.30 am in the Discovery Centre car park, off Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3FU. Lat/Long: 51.4014, -1.2737 OS SU506671

Click here for a map of the free car park

Click here for information about the centre

Discovery Centre (BBONT) facilities include toilets, a shop and a café - open from 10:30am

We will walk round part of the centre and Reedbeds Nature Reserve and then over the Kennet and Avon Canal to Lower Farm where there is a bird hide. A walk of about four miles.

The Discovery Centre area contains lakes, woodland, a stream, meadows, grassland, an orchard, a railway and a canal. The adjacent Thatcham Reedbeds Reserve (BBONT) is one of the largest inland reedbeds in the South.

Click Here to see report and photos from our visit in 2013

 

Thatcham Sign