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Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre and Reedbeds

Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre is situated just to the south of the A4 between Newbury and Thatcham. The centre and café are open to the public at certain times but the lake and Reedbed Nature Reserve are open at all hours. As well as the reedbeds, there are lakes, damp woodlands, the river and canal, all forming a varied wetland landscape. This mixture of different habitats makes this area very attractive to wildlife and is especially important for breeding birds including Reed, Sedge and the increasingly numerous Cetti's Warblers. Nightingales used to have a stronghold but are fewer nowadays as is the Cuckoo.

Grid Reference: SU506670

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