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Snail sculpture at the entrance to Dinton Pastures Country Park

Dinton Pastures Country Park is a country park in the civil parish of St Nicholas Hurst, in the borough of Wokingham, near Reading in the English county of Berkshire.

Geography and site

The park is 450 acres (180 ha) in size. It has seven lakes, two rivers, three public bird hides, and meadows. One of the lakes, Lavells Lake is designated as a local nature reserve. The two rivers that flow through the park are the River Loddon and the Emm Brook. The Museum of Berkshire Aviation and the headquarters of the British Entomological and Natural History Society are both located in the park.

The site is popular for a number of sports including sailing, angling, kayaking, and canoeing. Other facilities include play areas and a cafe.

History

Anglo Saxons farmed the park's river meadows and called the area Whistley, where "wisc" means marshy meadows and "lei" means a woodland clearing. From the start of the 17th century, much of the area then belonged to Windsor Forest.

The present day cafe was originally a farmhouse built in 1904, which was called 'High Chimneys'. In 1924 the area was sold to a farmer who renamed the farm after his home village of Dinton, near Aylesbury.

The country park is part of the river Loddon's flood plain and so makes a good source of gravel, between 1969 and 1979 an extensive gravel extraction program was carried out. Much of the gravel was used for the M4 and the A329(M).

In 1979 Dinton Pastures was opened to the public. In 1992, part of the country park, Lavells Lake, was declared as a local nature reserve by Wokingham Borough Council.

Fauna

The site has the following fauna:

Mammals

Invertebrates

  • Anax imperator
  • Aeshna grandis
  • Aeshna cyanea
  • Aeshna mixta
  • Brachytron pratense
  • Orthetrum cancellatum
  • Sympetrum striolatum
  • Sympetrum sanguineum
  • Libellula quadrimaculata
  • Libellula depressa
  • Cordulia aenea
  • Cordulegaster boltonii
  • Aeshna juncea
  • Calopteryx virgo
  • Pyrrhosoma nymphula
  • Enallagma cyathigerum
  • Coenagrion lunulatum
  • Ischnura elegans
  • Erythromma najas
  • Pieris napi
  • Pieris brassicae
  • Anthocharis cardamines
  • Pieris rapae
  • Gonepteryx rhamni
  • Pyronia tithonus
  • Maniola jurtina
  • Melanargia galathea
  • Aphantopus hyperantus
  • Pararge aegeria
  • Polygonia c-album
  • Vanessa cardui
  • Aglais io
  • Vanessa atalanta
  • Aglais urticae
  • Polyommatus icarus
  • Celastrina argiolus
  • Aricia agestis
  • Lycaena phlaeas
  • Thymelicus sylvestris
  • Thymelicus lineola
  • Ochlodes sylvanus

Birds

Amphibians and reptiles

Fish

Flora

The site has the following flora:

Trees

Plants

  • Impatiens glandulifera
  • Leucojum aestivum
  • Ulex europaeus
  • Anthriscus sylvestris
  • Dipsacus
  • Primula veris
  • Phragmites communis
  • Inula helenium
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