Berkshire Nature and Wildlife
Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the 'Attractions' and 'Historic Properties and Gardens' pages.
We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.
Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens - "Beale Park is an outdoor wildlife park within 40 acres set against the River Thames" - with fun, adventure, animals, gardens, play and activities on the banks of the picturesque River Thames - Lower Basildon, Reading -
Disabled and Pushchair friendly / baby changing. All activities are on ground level with paths around the park and ramps to all areas. The restaurant and shop can be easily accessible by wheelchair. - download their Access Statement from their website www.bealepark.co.uk
Bucklebury Farm Deer & Safari Park - Reading - "a 70-acre farm nestled in the beautiful Pang valley in West Berkshire." "The farm is home to an extensive deer herd with four different breeds including Red deer, Sika, Fallow and Axis. Tractor rides offer visitors special up-close access to this wonderful herd. The farmyard is home to a small herd of rare breed Berkshire Pigs, Pygmy and Anglo-Nubian goats, Alpacas, Donkeys, Shetland Ponies, Lambs and Chickens!" www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk
Dinton Pastures Country Park - Country park set around lakes, café, play area, walks, wildlife, golf, activity centre, fishing and sailing lakes - Disabled & Pushchair friendly, mobility scooters available, one accessible bird hid, accessible toilet and baby changing facilities, including a Changing Places - www.dinton-pastures.co.uk
Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre - Bracknell - "we offer a variety of amazing opportunities from a Half-Day Hands On Experience session and Family Falconry Sessions, to the more unusual experiences such as the Family Owl Encounter or awesome Bird of Prey Birthday Parties!" - At the time of adding this listing in March 2022 the centre is not open to the public but intend to do so in the future, all the above experiences and encounters are currently available - feathersandfur.co.uk
Greenham and Crookham Commons - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust - 444 hectares "on the southern edge of Newbury forms the largest area of lowland heath in West Berkshire – a fragile and threatened habitat full of very special wildlife – and is particularly important for some of Britain’s rarest ground-nesting birds, including nightjar, woodlark and lapwing." - There are a wide variety of routes – The main tracks across the common are level and accessible for those with limited walking ability, cyclists and horse-riders. Other waymarked routes are colour coded and cross varying terrain.- There is a café on the site run by Greenham Common Control Tower" - www.bbowt.org.uk
The Living Rainforest - Hampstead Norreys, nr Newbury - "Come to the Living Rainforest to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a lush tropical rainforest. Our three glasshouses are home to over 850 types of rainforest plants and animals – including rare and endangered species of global conservation value.". - "Wheelchair accessible: We are fully wheelchair accessible and have designated disabled parking spaces. Assistance dogs on a lead are welcome in the outdoor cafe seating area and other outdoor zones. We regret that we are not able to allow assistance dogs inside the rainforest glasshouses, as their presence is stressful for our animals." - www.livingrainforest.org
Nature Discovery Centre - Thatcham - "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." Adventure playgrounds, Nature Reserve, Café, Shop and picnic facilities - "The centre, cafe and toilets are wheelchair accessible. The Red Trail around the lake is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs." - www.bbowt.org.uk/nature-discovery-centre