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Haymill Valley

A peaceful wildlife haven in an urban and built-up area, with reedbeds and woodland that all local people can enjoy.


In 2006, a band of BBOWT volunteers began transforming this community nature reserve situated in the heart of urban Slough. Through hard work and dedication, including clearing paths, repairing fences and digging ponds, the Friends of Haymill Valley have created a peaceful wildlife haven with reedbeds and woodland for local people to enjoy.

Colours in the reeds

Yellow iris and marsh-marigold provide a splash of colour in the reeds. The cover of the reeds suits reed warblers which nest there. Brightly coloured kingfishers may be seen flying along the stream.

Birds and butterflies

In spring, the mixed woodland is carpeted with bluebells. Great spotted woodpeckers nest in the trees. Chiffchaffs and willow warblers are among the summer visitors. A variety of butterflies including orange-tip, brimstone and speckled wood can be seen flying along the woodland edge. Small mammals such as the wood mouse make use of the dense cover.


"We're all helping to create a nice place where people can walk and enjoy wildlife in what is a very urban and built-up area. It's a real pleasure to work here." BBOWT volunteer

Things to do

We have recently received funding to install a new boardwalk and to create and install some new art/interpretive panels. We are looking for people to help with practical tasks to assist with the project delivery. Interested? Please contact Dan Akam:, 01628 829574 ext 202

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Long Grove Wood
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Reserve information

Whittaker Road and Marescroft Road
Map reference
SU 942 820
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Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Open at all times
8.00 hectares
Walking information
Flat; bumpy, soft after rain; kissing gates
Heading north from Burnham station, after 200 m turn left at Burnham Lane; after 450 m take right fork into Haymill Road; after 450 m turn right at roundabout into Whittaker Road; reserve 450 m on right; street parking on Littlebrook Avenue
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01628 829574

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.