The Nature Discovery Centre is the ideal venue in a peaceful lakeside setting, with easy parking and good transport links
Nature Discovery Centre by Liz Child
The Nature Discovery Centre offers a wide ranging and varied programme of events throughout the year designed for the whole family.
Arts and crafts by Helen Walsh
The Nature Discovery Centre is surrounded by a mosaic of different habitats with fantastic wildlife to see all year around.
Common tern by Amy Lewis
The Nature Discovery Centre offers a great day out for all the family.
This fantastic visitor centre is packed full of interactive wildlife and natural history displays. There is a network of footpaths ranging from small family-friendly walks to longer paths for the more adventurous, and the bird hide offers a perfect opportunity to watch the world go by. Click here to download a map of the reserve
Important News 31 July 2014
Large amounts of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) have formed in the lake at the Nature Discovery Centre. These could produce toxins that are harmful to people and can kill animals.
Not all blue-green algae blooms and scums are toxic, but you can’t tell just by looking at them. BBOWT is adopting a precautionary approach and is assuming that they are toxic.
BBOWT has reported the blue-green algae blooms to Public Health England and the Environment Agency (EA).
Signs have been put up to advise visitors to the Nature Discovery Centre to keep themselves and their dogs out of the lake, and alert them to the possibility of toxins in the water.
Download the EA leaflet on Blue-Green Algae to find out more about the toxins and risks to the health of people, which could include: skin rashes, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle joint pain.
The toxins the algae may produce are also toxic to animals and can cause severe illness and death. Pet owners are advised to keep their animals away from affected waters.
Blue-green algae occur naturally during the summer on lakes, estuaries and the sea, and they are important contributors to the aquatic biology of fresh and marine waters.
During a bloom the water becomes less clear, which blocks sunlight and stops plants in the water from growing. Scums form during calm weather, and can disperse quickly after heavy rain or wind.
The Nature Discovery Centre offers a wide ranging and varied programme of events throughout the year. With hands on wildlife activities, craft workshops, walks and talks there’s something to suit every member of the family.
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Are you looking for a venue for a family celebration, children's party, business meeting or team building day? The Nature Discovery Centre is the ideal venue in a peaceful lakeside setting, with easy parking and good transport links.
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There are activities for children and young people of all ages through our wildlife clubs. So if you are aged between 0 and 16, love wildlife, practical conservation and nature activities there’s something for you at the Nature Discovery Centre.
Find out more about our Wildlife Clubs
The Nature Discovery Centre is a great setting for outdoor education, with specifically designed areas perfect for getting closer to nature. Book a visit for your school group today.
Education at the Nature Discovery Centre.
The lake in front of the Nature Discovery Centre provides the perfect setting to view a wide variety of wildlife. The internationally important Thatcham Reedbeds is a short walk from the lake.
Find out more about the wildlife you can see.
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