Padworth Lane Gravel Pit
Gravel extraction finished fairly recently at this pit near the A4 east of Aldermaston and it has since become overgrown around the edges which makes it difficult to view as there is no access as at October 2023. Conservation work is underway and it’s hoped access might be granted. Views can be obtained from the road or better still from the footpath along the River Kennet. Parking is also a bit difficult and a field gate entrance close to the river bridge is usually used, but please don’t block the gate.
Birds in season include Common and Green Sandpiper, Lesser and Common Whitethroat, Grey and Yellow Wagtail, Siskin, Redpoll, Fieldfare, Redwing, Shoveler, Goldeneye and Pochard. Winter birds have included Shelduck, Great White, Cattle and Little Egret, White-fronted Geese, Common Scoter, Pintail, Smew, and Mealy Redpoll. Summer birds have included Hobby, Ringed and Little-ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit, and Red-crested Pochard, whilst on passage, birds recorded have included Common, Black and Sandwich Terns, Garganey and Wood Sandpiper.
Until access is granted, birdwatchers are requested not to attempt to enter the site to prevent disturbance to sensitive species nesting.
Grid Reference: SU6067