Butterfly Sites in Berkshire


This map has been produced from the Ordnance Survey “Get-a-map” service. It is reproduced here with the kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.


A Bowdown Wood SU501656 A Wildlife Trust reserve 2 miles southeast of central Newbury, adjacent to Greenham Common. An area of mixed woodland. Car parks at SU501656, SU505653 and SU512651, all accessed from tracks off Bury’s Bank Road. Species include Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral.
B Decoy Heath SU612634 Infilled former gravel pits 1½ miles southeast of Aldermaston village owned by John Stacey & Sons and managed as a reserve by the Wildlife Trust. An area of woodland, heath and bog. Car park at SU614635 off Soke Road. Species include Grayling.
C Greenham Common SU500645 A Local Nature Reserve 2½ miles southeast of central Newbury on former Ministry of Defence land now managed by BBOWT. A very large site, previously a military airfield, which has restored to its original status as heathland. Car park beside the old control tower at SU499652 (off Bury’s Bank Road). Car park donation is requested. Species include Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Grayling, Dark Green Fritillary.
D Lardon Chase & Lough Down SU589811 A National Trust site on the western side of Streatley. An area of chalk downland overlooking the River Thames. Car park at SU583807 off the B4009. Species include Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Adonis Blue, Chalk Hill Blue, Small Blue.
E Maidenhead Thicket SU853809 A National Trust site on the western edge of Maidenhead. An area of deciduous wood and common land. Car park at SU 857809 off the unclassified road (old A404) that leaves the A4 at the roundabout just east of the A404(M) junction. Species include White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak.
F Moor Copse SU637740 A Wildlife Trust reserve 1½ miles south of Pangbourne. An area of wood and grassland adjacent to the River Pang. Park in layby on the A340 at SU633738. Species include White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary.
G Seven Barrows SU329828 A Wildlife Trust reserve 2½ miles north of Lambourn. An area of chalk downland, including a number of prehistoric burial mounds. Car park at SU329827 off the unclassified road between Lambourn and Kingston Lyle. Species include Dingy Skipper, Chalk Hill Blue, Small Blue.
H Wildmoor Heath SU842627 A Wildlife Trust reserve 5 miles southwest of Bracknell. An area of woodland, heath and bog. Car park at SU838631 off Crowthorne Road. Species include Silver-studded Blue, Grayling.