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West Berkshire Council

The RSPB and West Berkshire Council

Working in partnership for people and wildlife

The RSPB and West Berkshire Council

Working in partnership for people and wildlife

West Berkshire Council

Important notice

Management of the Nature Discovery Centre at Thatcham has transferred to the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT). To find out more about opening hours, family activities and schools programmes please see the BBOWT website.

Top things to do in Spring

  1. See the arrival of common terns and watch close-up on the Tern Raft camera
  2. Enjoy Easter Trails around the Centre, including the new butterfly area
  3. Get up early to marvel at the dawn chorus, at its noisiest in May

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Try pond dipping at our newly-renovated pond!
  2. How about minibeast hunting in the woodland area?
  3. Join in with our regular bird walks or sessions in the hide

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Marvel at the variety of fungi growing
  2. Try your hand at tree identification, before all the leaves drop off!
  3. Learn about migration and hibernation - build a hibernation home!

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Watch visiting winter waterfowl on the lake
  2. Come into the classroom to try some craft activities
  3. Learn how you can help birds through a cold winter

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We haven't got any events planned here at the moment. Check out our main events pages to find something up your street (or at least quite near to it).

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  • Long tailed tit
  • Waxwings!
  • Frozen Lakes
  • Bullfinch
  • Fighting Canada Geese

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