Wildmoor Heath Nature ReserveParks & Walks
- All the family
- School age
Wildmoor Heath In Crowthorne
Wildmoor Heath in Crowthorne, a large 99-hectare lowland heath site that provides a rich habitat for wildlife, including several rare species of birds.
Over 55 bird species have been recorded at Wildmoor, including three rare birds - the woodlark, nightjar and Dartford warbler. It's also a great place to spot dragonflies and damselflies - more than 20 species have been recorded here!
Unlike many flat heathlands, Wildmoor Heath is situated on a slope, so you can enjoy some lovely views of the heathland and surrounding woodland. The heathland is very pretty at the moment with an abundance of bright yellow gorse.
There's an information board in the main car park, with a map of the various paths to follow, including a 1.5 mile circular Wildlife Walk (follow the badger waymarkers). There's a mixture of surfaced and unsurfaced (muddy) paths, so the walk is not suitable for pushchairs. The Wildlife Walk takes you to the boggy stretch of the heath where you can walk along the newly constructed boardwalk (at the point where the main footpath runs parallel to the A3095 Rackstraw Lane). Keep young children supervised at all times.
There are plenty of other paths to follow around the nature reserve - Julia followed her own circular route to take in the entire heathland and provide you with lots of photos! A few of the paths in the middle of the nature reserve appear to be blocked off at the moment, so the map can be a little confusing at times (if in doubt ask a dog walker!)
As with all our walks, some areas can be very quiet, so we would always advise you to enjoy your walk with a friend.
In collaboration with Julia Morris Photography.
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