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Paices Wood Country Parkland

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.

Please note: owing to works on the fishing lakes the main barrier at the entry to Paices Wood has been temporarily closed. Parking is available for visitors to the Country Park in the car park beside the height barrier from where people can walk onto the reserve. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Beautiful all year round

Paices Wood

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. 

Fishing available

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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Nearby nature reserves

Decoy Heath
2 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Ron Ward's meadow
2 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Padworth Common
2 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
A340 south of
Aldermaston
Berkshire
Great for...
a family day out
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Nov to Feb: 7am-4pm
March: 7am-6pm
April: 7am-8pm
May: 7am-9pm
June to Aug: 7am-10pm
Sept to Oct: 7am-8pm
Size
35.00 hectares
Walking information
There are a number of waymarked routes around the reserve. Routes around the lakes are generally level but there are several steeper routes, particularly through the woodland.
Parking
Paices Wood Country Parkland is accessed off the A340 south of Aldermaston. Follow the brown Country Park signs. There are three car parks.
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) in conjunction with Young Estates & Land Ltd (owners)
Tel: 01635 35157
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.