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A Gentle Stroll through the Paices Wood Nature Reserve
Paices Wood is found just to the south of Aldermaston, entered through the unlikely-looking Youngs Industrial Estate on the A340. Centred on a string of 7 lakes, the nature reserve has a range of habitats; mature trees, coppiced woodland, regenerating woodland and a small section of heathland, which is gradually establishing itself. We were guided round the reserve by John Lerpiniere. The main interest on this mid-July day, in bright sunshine, were the butterflies and daytime moths. Birdlife was scarce (although a common tern was circling one of the lakes). Lapwing nest on the reserve, and wood larks visit the heathland. Jean disturbed a grass snake, although we didn't encounter any adders. But for a small reserve close to industrial activities, this woodland would repay a visit at any time of year. Note the opening times - unfortunately the reserve is not open on Sundays.
Butterflies seen included small heath, common blue, comma, silver-washed fritillary (many and glorious), small skipper, red admiral, disputed white admiral or purple emperor, gatekeeper, meadow brown, ringlet.Click here for the latest (2012) leaflet on Paices Wood.
Thanks to Ricki for the photos.
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