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Avery's Pightle

Avery's Pightle is one of Berkshire's few remaining unspoiled meadows. It is rich in insect life and nesting birds, and 137 species of plants have been recorded here.

Ancient meadow

Avery's Pightle (rhyme it with 'title') is an ancient meadow known for its abundance of wildlife. At one time such wet meadows were common, but now most of them have been drained, ploughed and fertilised for high-yield grasses or grain. Avery's Pightle is one of the few unspoiled meadows left in Berkshire. It shows what has been lost from our meadows in the way of wild flowers, insect life and homes for birds. Pightle is the medieval world for a small enclosed meadow.

Ridge and furrow

Ancient ridge and furrow lines can still be seen here. In summer when flowers clothe the ground, you can see stripes of different shades, because some plants prefer the drier ridges, while others thrive in water-holding furrows. The 137 species of plants recorded here include 16 species confined to ancient grasslands, such as adder's-tongue fern, pepper-saxifrage, betony and sneezewort. There are also orchids, and the area near the stream has a colony of broad-leaved helleborines.

Butterflies and birds

The reserve is also rich in insects and butterflies such as gatekeeper, meadow brown and ringlet. The thick hedges provide many nesting sites for yellowhammers and many lively little warblers.

Things to do

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Nearby nature reserves

Rack Marsh
3 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Audrey's Meadow
3 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Kintbury Newt Ponds
3 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
3 miles south-west of
Newbury
Berkshire
RG20 0JY
Map reference
SU 435 651
Great for...
birdwatching
butterflies
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.50 hectares
Walking information
Flat overall; uneven underfoot; ground soft after rain; gate
Parking
Park on soft verge on Church Lane, 0.5 miles south of Enbourne
Dogs
Guide dogs only
Grazing animals
Yes
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.