Paices Wood by Roy Young
BBOWT continues to work closely with the site owners, Young Estates and Land Ltd to ensure that your visit to this special place is thoroughly enjoyable. Whether you are coming for some well-earned fresh air and exercise on your own, with family or friends or if this is one of your favourite spots to walk the dog, you are always likely to encounter some wonderful wildlife. We have recently installed new orientation boards at the main entry points to the reserve, these are designed to help you navigate your way around and learn a little more about the landscape and wildlife of Paices Wood. The boards include maps showing points of interest and the main walking routes, including the two waymarked trails. The old waymark posts on these two trails have been re-painted and re-installed. A new wildlife education pond has also been created over the winter months. This will be a wonderful resource for school groups and an additional haven for wildlife. BBOWT secured funding and support from West Berkshire Council to undertake these improvements and we hope that visitors to Paices Wood country park continue to enjoy this special place.
Beautiful all year round
In spring bluebells carpet the woodland floor. On sunny days during the summer you can see butterflies such as the common blue fluttering across woodland clearings. Later in the year keep an eye out for fungi such as chicken of the woods springing up on logs and stumps of wood.
Refuge for amphibians
On one side of the lake is a network of ponds and grassland filled with amphibian life.
Seven Lakes Angling run a day ticket fishery in the park. Tickets available on the banks or buy online.
Things to do
- Wildlife walks: Orange (approx 3 miles) guides you around different features such as the lakes, woodland and amphibian area. Blue (approx 1.3 miles) concentrates on woodland, ranging from alder coppice in the wet bottom of the valley to sweet chestnut and cherry trees further up the valley.
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