Wildmoor Heath bog

Wildmoor Heath bog - BBOWT

Wildmoor Heath is a precious survival of rare heathland habitat and home to a rich, but fragile, community of fungi, insects, reptiles, birds, mosses and flowering plants.

Location

On Crowthorne Road, 1 mile north of Sandhurst Station
Crowthorne
Berkshire
RG45 7PW

OS Map Reference

SU838630
A static map of Wildmoor Heath

Know before you go

Size
91 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Surfaced car park

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Circular Wildlife Walk (1.5 miles) - follow the badger waymarkers

Access

Variable, mainly firm, gently sloping, sandy paths, some boggy peat, some rough underfoot, can be very muddy in winter; gates, stiles, boardwalks

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Unusual variety

Unlike many other flat heaths, Wildmoor Heath is situated on a slope and offers visitors a wonderful range of habitats and views, from wet and dry lowland heath and valley bog, to mature pine and broadleaved woodland. Wildmoor's varied habitats attract a range of birds, including endangered ground-nesting birds. The open heath with its scattered cover of scrub provides ideal conditions for the tree pipit, stonechat and woodlark. The 'churring' call of the well-camouflaged nightjar can be heard at night.

A separate part of the reserve called Broadmoor Bottom can be accessed from Magdalene Road off the A3095. This area contains heathland, mire and woodland and is crossed by a number of paths.

Amazing plants

The valley bogs, fed by small springs from the higher ground, contain wet, peaty areas with a carpet of no less than nine species of bog-mosses, scattered with locally scarce plants such as bog asphodel, butterwort and white beaked-sedge. Look out for the round-leaved sundew, which feeds on small insects trapped by the sticky hairs on its leaves. This unusual plant can live for up to 50 years!

Grazing successes

Dexter cattle from the Wildlife Trust's herd are making a critical difference to the bogland habitats, by preventing the coarse purple moor-grass from taking over. This creates ideal conditions for dragonflies and damselflies - 20 species have been recorded here. You can enjoy these beautiful insects from boardwalks that cross some parts of the bog.

Reserve champions - supporting their favourite reserve

Colin Wilson: "Enjoy this place, there is so much nature to explore."

Things to do

Try our circular Wildlife Walk (1.5 miles).  Just follow the badger waymarkers. Explore the reserve and surrounding area on our Sandhurst Wild Walk. Starting in Sandhurst, this 9km circular walk takes in Wildmoor Heath nature reserve and part of Crowthorne Wood. OS Explorer Map 160, 1:25,000 scale, covers the route of this walk. 

Contact us

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

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)