Birds, insects and bats fly above wonderful wild flowers at Bray Pit.

Water wildlife

Common blue damselflyBray Pit is a small flooded gravel pit surrounded by a strip of woodland, a mature hedge and a wide grassy bank. Hoards of dragonflies and damselflies use the lake, and bats hunt over the open water at dusk and dawn. Aquatic and woodland birds thrive here too. The reserve draws not only water birds such as herons, common terns, great crested grebes and kingfishers but also swallows, swifts and house martins as well as great spotted woodpeckers. 

Wild flower meadow

A large number of colourful wild flowers were sown to create meadow areas along the margins of the lake. Look out for oxeye daisy and wild carrot. The wild flowers in turn attract insects - including over 20 species of butterflies, lots of buzzing bees and numerous noisy bush crickets. 

Things to do

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Nearby nature reserves

Haymill Valley
3 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Chawridge Bank
3 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Hurley Chalk Pit
6 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

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Reserve information

Location
2 miles south-east of
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 2AZ
Map reference
SU 905 787
Great for...
birdwatching
butterflies
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Dec - Aug
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.00 hectares
Walking information
Flat overall; unmodified paths, slight cross slope and uneven in places
Parking
On A308 heading south from Maidenhead, take left into Monkey Island Lane, turn left after Bray Marina onto water sports lake and park in car park 0.25 miles from reserve
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01628 829574
info@bbowt.org.uk

Smartphone Safari

Every weekend on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Oxford we broadcast a Smartphone Safari. Listen along as we explore some of our fantastic reserves and introduce you to the wildlife you can see.