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Bucklebury Common

Bucklebury Common can be found about 2 miles to the NE of Thatcham and east of Upper Bucklebury. The main heath has its centre at SU558690. Approaching from Upper Bucklebury, park on the left at the crossroads at SU555691; cross the road and walk through a short stretch of woodland to access the Common. There is a smaller heath to the west. Most ornithological interest is centred on the heathland but the surrounding woodland has many footpaths and can make for some interesting birding with all the common woodland species being present.

On the heaths Nightjar, Tree Pipit and Woodlark may be found in season, and Woodcock and Tawny Owls are easily seen or heard at dusk or dawn. The scrub and vegetation on the edges can be good for migrants, including Garden Warbler. In 2005 major birch and scrub clearance was carried out by Pang & Kennet Valleys Countryside Project and West Berkshire Council on the main heath in order to restore the original heathland vegetation. This work was carried out under the auspices of the owners of Bucklebury Estate and their project manager Tim Culley. Hopefully the future of this small but important piece of Berkshire heath is assured.

Grid Reference: SU5568 & 9, 5668 & 9

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