An expanse of ancient woodland with mysterious hidden valleys, sunny glades and patches of heathland
Bowdown Woods by Rob Appleby
An outstanding centre for wildlife that delights wildlife watchers of all ages
A wildlife showpiece rich in exciting plants and animals all through the year
The Nature Discovery Centre is surrounded by a mosaic of different habitats with fantastic wildlife to see all year around.
Nature Discovery Centre. Photo by Liz Child.
Flagship nature reserves are a great introduction to the sheer variety of wildlife that you can see on your doorstep.
We are lucky enough to live in a part of England that is truly blessed for wildlife.
Steve Backshall, BBOWT President
If you are planning your first visit, we recommend that you head down to Bowdown Woods or the Nature Discovery Centre in Berkshire, College Lake in Buckinghamshire, or Warburg Nature Reserve in Oxfordshire.
The Nature Discovery Centre, College Lake and Warburg have information centres, picnic areas, wildlife gardens and lots more.
The key to seeing and enjoying wildlife is to wait, look and listen. Switch off your mobile phone and tune into the sights, smells and sounds around you.
Useful kit to bring
- Wear sturdy shoes and sensible clothing for the weather conditions,
- Take a pair of binoculars to see wildlife in the trees or across the lake,
- If you are visiting with children, pack paper and pencils and get them to jot down what they see.