Flagship nature reserves

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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.

Nature Discovery Centre, Berkshire

Nature Discovery Centre

The Nature Discovery Centre is surrounded by a mosaic of different habitats with fantastic wildlife to see all year around.

Wander along the lake, visit the internationally important Thatcham Reedbeds nature reserve or explore some of the nearby woodland.

Find out more on the NDC page.

College Lake, Buckinghamshire

College Lake

An outstanding centre for wetland wildlife and chalk grassland flowers, which delights wildlife watchers of all ages.

College Lake houses a modern visitor centre and one of our Educational Centres

Find out more on the College Lake reserve page.


Warburg Nature Reserve, Oxfordshire

Warburg Nature Reserve

A wildlife showpiece combining ancient woodland and chalk grassland, rich in exciting plants and animals all through the year.

Warburg offers a visitor centre, toilets, picnic areas, bird hides and trails of all lengths.

Find out more on the Warburg reserve page.

Bowdown Woods, Berkshire

Bowdown Woods

Mysterious hidden valleys, sunny glades and patches of heathland hold a wealth of wildlife in this expanse of ancient woodland.

Bowdown Woods is part of our West Berkshire Living Landscape project.

Find out more on the Bowdown Woods reserve page.