Kintbury Newt Ponds

Kate Dent

Kintbury Newt Ponds

Home to a breeding colony of the nationally-rare and protected great crested newt, the reserves provides ideal nesting conditions for a range of summer migratory birds. A precious local resource.

Location

5.5 miles west of Newbury
Berkshire
RG17 9XR

OS Map Reference

SU386663
A static map of Kintbury Newt Ponds

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

In Kintbury village, take Inkpen Road south towards Inkpen; take third left (The Green), park at the end of cul-de-sac; walk 20 m to reserve; please do not block access for residents.

Access

Flat; gentle slope, uneven ground in places; gates; kissing gates

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to August

About the reserve

Newt home

The ponds in this nature reserve are home to a breeding colony of rare great crested newts. The statutory protection of the great crested newt saved this reserve from being swallowed up by a nearby housing development in the late 1990s. These newts are marked out from their more common relatives by their warty skin and larger size. The bizarre male resembles a small dinosaur with its large jagged crest, prominent during its elaborate courtship display. Smooth and palmate newts also live here.

Wetland habitats

This small Berkshire reserve is made up of several ponds, reedbed, scrub and grassland. Under the magnificent oaks at the southern end of the reserve, damp meadow plants like creeping-Jenny and wild angelica can be found. The dense blackthorn scrub around the ponds provides perfect nesting conditions for a range of summer migratory birds, including warblers.

 

Contact us

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Contact number: 01628 829574
Contact email: info@bbowt.org.uk