Shepperlands Farm

Woodland walk at Shepperlands nature reserve

Shepperlands Farm by Em Shaw

A beautiful trio - meadow, heath and wood teeming with wildlife


1 mile north-west of Finchampsted
RG40 4QF

OS Map Reference

A static map of Shepperlands Farm

Know before you go

10 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Take A327 south from Reading, 1.5 miles after Arborfield Garrison take a left into Park Lane, parking on right in layby north of Shepperlands Farmhouse. Or at western end of Nine Mile Ride, turn south into Park Lane, 0.25 miles to park in layby on left

Grazing animals



Bridleway and paths, soft after rain, tree roots, kissing gates, rough ground in heath. No dogs in the fenced heathland.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to November

About the reserve

Heathland restoration

The small heathland glade was resurrected from pine plantation, and is developing into a valuable addition to this regionally significant habitat.

In the summer the ground is carpeted in a haze of purple heather; while tucked away in sheltered sunny spots common lizards can be seen basking, and the lucky visitor might even spot an elusive adder.

Regular effort is required to prevent pine and birch from colonising and shading the flowers and shrubs. Grazing is also essential to stop purple moor-grass from dominating.

Insect heaven

There are some wonderful old oak trees scattered through the younger, straighter trees on the reserve. These trees and their decaying wood make homes for countless insects, as well as the woodpeckers and treecreepers and the hard-to-spot purple hairstreak butterfly. The woodland floor has low-lying areas filled with leaves and rotting timber, also adding to the diversity of insect life that thrives here. These are ideal spots for foxes and badgers to forage for worms amongst the leaf litter. 


The small damp meadow is a rare wildlife survivor escaping the ravages of modern intensive farming. In spring and summer, wild flowers such as common bird's-foot-trefoil, buttercups, vetches and cuckooflower, create a paradise for butterflies and grasshoppers.

Traditional management by cutting and grazing at the end of the long hot summer days ensures that the vigorous grasses are kept in check, allowing the delicate flowers to bloom.

A wonderful legacy

This wildlife-rich haven was saved, nurtured and passed on by Len and Marie Goodwin, who, amongst many amazing achievements, recognised just how special their corner of Berkshire was.

Contact us

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Contact number: 01628 829574
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