Nature Discovery Centre
Due to staffing issues, the visitor centre will be closed on the following dates in October: Mon 04/Tue 05; Mon 11/Tue 12; Mon 18/Tue 19. The car parks and the rest of the site will be open as normal.
BBOWT will be carrying out path improvement works around the Nature Discovery Centre lake between Tues 19 and Thurs 21 October. While the path will not be fully closed there will be machinery working in the area so please take extra care and be prepared for the possibility of a short delay to your walk.
The Nature Discovery Centre offers a great day out for all the family
The Nature Discovery Centre is packed full of interactive wildlife and natural history displays. There is a network of footpaths ranging from small family-friendly walks to longer paths for the more adventurous. Surrounded by a mosaic of different habitats, there is fantastic wildlife to see all year around.
- Lakeside café offering delicious hot and cold refreshments
- Adventure Playgrounds
- Gift shop with a great range of wildlife themed gifts, toys and books
- Picnic facilities
- Toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing
- Signposted walk routes and seasonal Wildlife Discovery Trail
- Thatcham Community Orchard
Download a map and directions
The Nature Discovery Centre is now open Monday - Sunday, 10am-5pm. This includes the cafe (takeaway only), shop and outside toilets.
Get the most from your visit
The centre, cafe and toilets are wheelchair accessible. The Red Trail around the lake is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Gentle slopes, gates, benches, unsurfaced paths may become muddy in wet weather. There are trails suitable for all abilities.
Bringing your dog
Dogs are welcome on the reserve, but please keep them out of the lake. We ask that you keep dogs under close control at all times. Dogs, except assistance dogs, are not permitted inside the visitor centre.
Birds at the Nature Discovery Centre
Throughout the year, one of our volunteers surveys the species of bird found on site. Below is a list showing the trend of different species and numbers of each throughout the year.
Our volunteer also leads regular walks around the reserve to help visitors learn about what they can see and hear during their visit, and to learn more about each species. Visit our events page to find details of all our bird walks.
What's on at The Nature Discovery Centre
More ways to get involved
Hire a space at one of our visitor centres or nature reserves, join a wildlife club, or plan a group visit.