Visitor centres

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Our visitor centres offer a great day out for all the family, whatever the weather.

We want you to get the most out of your visits to us, so that you can learn about and appreciate the special wildlife and wild places found in our area. The knowledgable staff and volunteers at our visitor centres will help answer your wildlife questions and inspire you about the wildlife you find.

Both of these sites also offer education programmes for schools and community groups, and a programme of events that everyone can take part in.

Follow a walk route and explore, then come back for refreshments in the cafe!

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.

Learn about the natural history of the nature reserve and discover a range of interactive puzzles and activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Take a stroll around the lake, feed the ducks and let off steam in the adventure playgrounds.

Facilities include:

  • Lakeside café offering delicious hot and cold refreshments
  • Gift shop
  • Picnic facilities
  • Toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing
  • Signposted walk routes and Wildlife Discovery Trail
  • Thatcham Community Orchard
  • Bird hide overlooking Thatcham Reedbeds - pick up a key from reception
  • Car parking and admission to the centre are free. We welcome donations.

Assistance dogs are permitted inside the centre. Dogs are welcome on the reserve, but we ask that you keep them under close control at all times.

Find out more on the Nature Discovery Centre page. Follow the centre on Twitter and Facebook.

Where to find us

The Nature Discovery Centre
Muddy Lane, Lower Way
Thatcham
West Berkshire
RG19 3FU

 

BBOWT is managing the Nature Discovery Centre on behalf of West Berkshire Council.

College Lake, Buckinghamshire

College Lake

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

The visitor centre is an ecosustainable building that offers a panoramic view of the reserve.

Our younger visitors can pick up a fantastic Nature Passport that guides them around the reserve as well as participating in various challenges and activities.

Facilities include: 

  • Lake view café offering delicious hot and cold refreshments
  • Gift shop
  • Picnic facilities
  • Toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing
  • 11 bird hides around the reserve
  • Signposted walk routes and 'QR' code trail
  • Farming and wildlife exhibition
  • Car parking and admission to the centre are free. We welcome donations.

Assistance dogs are permitted inside the centre but dogs are not allowed out on the reserve.

Find out more on the College Lake reserve page. Follow the centre on Twitter.

Where to find us

College Lake
Upper Icknield Way
Bulbourne
Tring
HP23 5QG

 

 

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Your local Wildlife Trust

BBOWT Inkpen Crocus field by Adrian Wallington

 

Your local Wildlife Trust brings people and nature together to protect our environment. Our experts work with more than 1,400 volunteers to look after over 80 nature reserves, four education centres and run hundreds of amazing events. We rely on the generosity of individuals, charitable trusts and businessesSupport our work by donating just £5 a month.

Photo by Peter Creed. 

What's on

Nature Tots - College Lake

Thursday 30th March 2017,
10.00am - 11.30am

Venue: College Lake Nature Reserve

Join us at College Lake with your pre-school little ones for seasonal nature discovery, games, craft, fun and exploration. Booking essential. Nature Tots is suitable for pre-school children. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Remember to dress for the outdoors. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

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