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

Dinton Pastures November 2017
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 8 November 2017 at 09:30


The weather was kind again being dry if a little cold. We now park at the pub across the road to avoid parking charges.

The number who turned up was 17 which is down on previous years. We walked down past the children’s play area to the edge of the lake where the ducks and geese are fed. We saw mallard, gadwall, great crested grebe and mute swan.

We then walked on hoping to see the ferruginous duck which had been reported the previous day. We nearly walked past it when someone spotted it on a small lake opposite Black Swan Lake.

Walking on to Sandford Lake we saw cormorant, shoveler, wigeon, teal and tufted ducks. We also saw goldcrest and goldfinch feeding on the alder trees.

We went to Lea Farm hide to see little grebes, snipe, lapwing and various gulls.

We then moved on to the Bittern hide but it was rather muddy as they are making new scrapes and moving some of the reed beds back. On the feeders at the Bittern hide we did see some greenfinch, goldfinch, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, blue tit, long tailed tit, coal tit and great tit. There were also five snipe on one of the scrapes but they were very difficult to see because they were so well camouflaged.

We walked back to the pub car park and went in for refreshment. We had walked about four and a half miles and seen 52 different species which is very good and up on the last couple of visits.

Click Here to see our photos from the visit

Dinton Pastures, 8/11/2017, sunny intervals

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Egyptian Goose







Ferruginous Duck

Tufted Duck



Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Common Buzzard





Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker


Ring-necked parakeet



Carrion Crow


Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long-tailed Tit









House Sparrow

Pied Wagtail




52 Bird Species seen

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

17 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 in Dinton Pastures. 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. - visit the Museum Of Berkshire Aviation website for more details