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Dinton Pastures Country Park Saproxylic Day

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 10:00 to 17:00

Dinton Pastures Country Park was opened to the public in 1979 after 14 years of gravel extraction on the site, which was previously farmland. Wokingham District Council Countryside Service manages the site with the aim of balancing wildlife needs with public amenity access to the park. The park is over 335 acres, including large lakes of which there are seven. Two rivers flow through the site (the Loddon and the Emm Brook) and there are three public bird hides. Habitats include small areas of mature and young woodland, small and large water bodies, marsh and water meadows, so there is plenty to explore. Much of the dead and felled wood is left for wildlife, with a few piles of chippings that can be quite productive.

The emphasis of the day will be on exploring the site, identifying the key features, and discussing habitat requirements of the species found. After an initial introductory talk in the BENHS (P-C) building we will spend most of the day in selected habitats (through lunch if preferred, so it is recommended that you bring your own – there is a good cafe on site but it is often crowded at the weekends and getting food and drink can take ages). We will reconvene at the P-C building at around 3 pm for discussion and specimen identifications with plenty of microscopes available.

This is a joint meeting of the BENHS Saproxylic Group, which aims to bring together members with an interest in the natural history of deadwood invertebrates, and the BENHS Berkshire Invertebrate Group that represents invertebrate interest and recording in the county. Leaders on the day are Jon Cole and Keith Alexander. Please register for this event by email with Jon Cole, as places are limited.

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for ages over 11

Cost details

No attendance cost, but site parking fee of £6 applicable

Register in Advance

To attend this event please register in advance.

Did you know?


Insects breathe through spiracles, abdominal openings to air spaces within the insect body.

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