Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Dinton Pastures May 2017
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 09:30


On a lovely hot day 25 people arrived for a walk around Dinton Pastures. Having met up in the car park we walked towards Black Swan and White Swan Lakes. On the way we heard Blackcaps calling but they were very difficult to see because all the trees have their leaves.

We went hoping to see the Nightingale but only a few were lucky, although we all heard it calling.

Then we walked on towards Lea Farm hide where we saw Common Terns, Cormorants and Black Headed Gulls on the island. Near the hide is a Sand Martin wall which was being used by at least 12 pairs. It is a man made wall and this is the first time in two years that it has been used.

When we came out of the hide there was a Mandarin Duck with young swimming in the River London.

Then we walked to the Bittern hide to see Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher but the highlight for most people was the Terrapin floating on a piece of wood sunning itself. A Terrapin has been seen before but it may not be the same one.

Having left the hide we walked back through the sailing club hoping to see the Spotted Flycatcher but no luck.

Because it was so warm the fish in the lake were swimming near the surface catching flies. Some of the fish were at least two foot long. Not sure what they were but may have been Pike which will eat young chicks.

We then walked back to the cars and some went home while others went for a well needed drink and something to eat having seen 43 species of birds, plus rabbits, a fox and various types of butterflies.

Click Here to see some photos from the Dinton Pastures walk

Dinton Pastures, 24/5/2017, sunny

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose

Mandarin duck



Tufted Duck



Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite





Common Tern

Black-headed Gull

Lesser Black-Backed Gull

Wood pigeon


Great Spotted Woodpecker





Blue Tit

Great Tit

Sand Martin


Cetti's Warbler

Long-Tailed Tit


Blackcap (H)

Garden Warbler



Song Thrush




House Sparrow



43 Bird Species + 1 heard

Other Wildlife


Grey Squirrel

Red Fox

Red-eared Terrapin

Cabbage White Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly

Brimstone Butterfly

Orange Tip Butterfly



25 People

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Meet at 9.30 am in the car park off B3030 (Davis St), RG10 0TR

Car park entrance at OS SU786717      Lat/Long: 51.4395, -0.8703
Pay-and-display, £1.50 per hour, maximum of £6 for over 3 hours

Facilities at the pay & display car park include toilets and the Dragonfly Cafe.

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 council's 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. - visit the Museum Of Berkshire Aviation website for more details