The Nature Discovery Centre offers a great day out for all the family The 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.

Facilities include:

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


The centre, cafe and toilets are wheelchair accessible. The Red Trail around the lake is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Walking information

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.

Throughout the year, one of their volunteers surveys the species of bird found on site. Their 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 their events page to find details of all our bird walks.

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