Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Dinton Pastures 2018
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 09:30


On a rather cold morning 18 people arrived at the pub car park, to avoid paying the £6 parking charge at the main centre.

We walked down the side of Black Swan Lake towards the sailing club seeing gadwall, wigeon, pochard, teal and tufted duck.

We then crossed the road into Lavell's Lake car park and saw a great spotted woodpecker and small birds like long tailed tit, blue tit and great tit.

At the bittern hide, there is a new scrape and new fencing that has been put up which looks very good. From the hide we saw a buzzard in the oak tree.

At Lea Farm hide we saw nuthatch, reed bunting, lapwing, black-headed and common gulls, but very little else that we hadn’t already seen.

Walking back up the side of the the Loddon river one of the group heard a kingfisher. Crossing the road to the Sandford hide we saw a larger group of pochard and gadwall. Also three snipe on one of the islands.

On White Swan Lake there were seven little egrets, plus a little grebe, a Siskin was heard. There were very few smaller birds and no redwing or fieldfare. We saw 47 species and two were heard.

We arrived back at the pub to find that they hadn’t taken our booking, so went to the local garden centre for lunch.

Happy Christmas to all who have come and supported the outdoor walks.

Click Here to see photos from the visit


Dinton Pastures, 12/12/2018, overcast

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose







Tufted Duck



Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite


Common Buzzard





Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Wood Pigeon

Kingfisher (H)

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker




Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Long-tailed Tit





Song Thrush




Siskin (H)

Reed Bunting

47 Bird Species seen plus 2 heard

Other Wildlife

Domestic Duck

Grey Squirrel

18 People

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Dinton Pastures
Dinton Pastures

Meet at 9.30 am in the Wheelwrights Arms car park off Little Hill Road, RG10 0TR

The pub car park entrance is at OS SU786716, Lat/Long: 51.4385, -0.8698   Free parking

Due to the high cost of parking at Dinton Pastures (£6 for four hours), we have arranged free parking at the Wheelwrights Arms. After our walk, you may wish to spend a little time in the pub, for a drink or a bite to eat.

There are toilets at the Dinton Pastures car park. There are also toilets at the pub once it opens at midday.

There are seven lakes and three public hides.

Expect to walk about three miles, no hills, mainly decent paths, except along the Loddon where it can be muddy. We shall walk around the main lakes, including a visit to the Lavell's Lake Local Nature Reserve.

Click here for a map of the Car park entrance location

Click here for the Friends of Lavell's Lake website

Click here for a report of our 2015 visit

Click here for the Dinton Pastures web page

View across a lake at Dinton Pastures

Dinton Pastures country park was created from flooded gravel pits along the river Loddon. Lavell's lake is a separate nature reserve at the northern end of the park. Expect to see 40-50 species of waterfowl and woodland birds, perhaps including stonechat, kingfisher, water rail, red-crested pochard, goosander, goldeneye, smew, bittern or lesser spotted woodpecker.

Welcome sign at Dinton Pastures

The Museum Of Berkshire Aviation is close to Lavell's Lake and is open on Wednesdays until 5pm - visit the Museum Of Berkshire Aviation website for more details