Just north of Newbury lies this haven for wildlife which also happens to be a great place for a picnic…

On the very edge of the AONB lies Snelsmore Common which contains a range of habitats including heathland, wet mires and woodland making it home to nationally-rare bird species including nightjar, woodlark and tree pipit.  The Common supports a population of adders and you could also see grass snake, common lizard and slow-worm.  The large pond supports a breeding population of palmate newts. Due to the variety of wildlife,  Snelsmore is a great location to visit all year round and there are various walking routes through the reserve which can also be linked up  to other footpaths in the vicinity.

There is a car park and a wheelchair/buggy-friendly path as well as a roomy picnic area with raised barbecue pits.  The Common is managed by Berkshire Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).

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Grid Ref:  SU462710

Image: Snelsmore Common in Winter Credit: Ann Shepley