The Loddon Nature Reserve's lake and shallow fringes create ideal conditions for wintering birds, such as gadwall, tufted duck, pochard and snipe.

Location

Twyford
5 miles north-east of Reading
Berkshire
RG10 9RR

OS Map Reference

RG109AD
A static map of Loddon Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
14 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park in Twyford car park 250m from nature reserve; take High Street west from town centre for 200m to nature reserve entrance at the rear of the Waggon and Horses pub

Access

Flat; partly flooded in winter with muddy, short slopes; gate, boardwalk

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

December to August

About the reserve

Shallows and islands

This large, flooded gravel pit has several islands and a ragged, scrubby fringe that skirts around the shallows. This creates ideal conditions for wintering birds such as gadwall, smew, tufted duck, pochard, cormorant and snipe. The shallows of the lake are perfect feeding areas for wetland birds, while its islands provide quiet spots where common terns and oystercatchers can breed safely away from predators such as foxes. During the winter months, the handsome male smew attracts many birdwatchers. The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust looks after this community nature reserve with the help of local volunteers, who enjoy this delightful retreat in the heart of Twyford. 

Bird delights

The scrubby perimeter of the lake is home to blackcaps, whitethroats and other songbirds. Look out also for nesting wetland birds such as great crested grebe, moorhen and coot. These birds nest among the reeds and other aquatic plants where overhanging branches of willow trail into the shallows. Herons may be seen like statues waiting to spear a fish. In early spring, you might be lucky enough to spot the elaborate courtship 'mirror dance' of the great crested grebe in which the male and female swim beak to beak and rise out of the water whilst shaking their heads.

Bats and insects

The plant life around the lake attracts a range of butterflies, dragonflies and other aquatic insects. On summer evenings, bats will take advantage of the rich pickings as they hunt over the lake. Smartphone Safari Listen along as we explore Loddon Nature Reserve and introduce you to come of the wildlife you might see.

 

Contact us

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