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Kintbury Newt Ponds

Home to a breeding colony of the nationally-rare and protected great crested newt, the reserves provides ideal nesting conditions for a range of summer migratory birds. A precious local resource.

Newt home

The ponds in this nature reserve are home to a breeding colony of rare great crested newts. The statutory protection of the great crested newt saved this reserve from being swallowed up by a nearby housing development in the late 1990s. These newts are marked out from their more common relatives by their warty skin and larger size. The bizarre male resembles a small dinosaur with its large jagged crest, prominent during its elaborate courtship display. Smooth and palmate newts also live here.

Wetland habitats

This small Berkshire reserve is made up of several ponds, reedbed, scrub and grassland. Under the magnificent oaks at the southern end of the reserve, damp meadow plants like creeping-Jenny and wild angelica can be found. The dense blackthorn scrub around the ponds provides perfect nesting conditions for a range of summer migratory birds, including warblers.

Things to do

Nearby nature reserves

Inkpen Common
1 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Inkpen Crocus Field
2 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Sole Common Pond
3 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
5.5 miles west of
Newbury
Berkshire
RG17 9XR
Map reference
SU 386 663
Great for...
ancient trees
birdwatching
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.50 hectares
Walking information
Flat; gentle slope, uneven ground in places; gates; kissing gates
Parking
In Kintbury village, take Inkpen Road south towards Inkpen; take third left (The Green), park at the end of cul-de-sac; walk 20 m to reserve; please do not block access for residents.
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.