Withymead Nature Reserve (Bridleway, Goring-on-Thames, RG8 0HS) is managed by the Anne Carpmael Charitable Trust. Bordered by the river Thames on one side and the Ridgeway Path on the other the grounds extend to 22-acres consisting of woodland, marshland and the relics of Saunders’ Boatyard, much of which has remained untouched for many years. There’s lots going on in the next weeks:
- Saturday 23 August – continuing the annual wildflower meadow ‘cut and rake’ at Little Meadow Reserve next to Gatehampton Railway Bridge. 10am – 1pm.
- Friday 5 September from dusk ’til late – regular monthly Moth Night. Free session.
- Saturday 6 September, 10am – 1pm – ‘1st-Saturday-in-the-month’ regular conservation volunteer session (refreshments and tools provided). This is likely to involve cutting and clearing this year’s reed-fen section of old reeds and Willow trees.
- Saturday 20 September, 10am – 4pm – ‘Introduction to Plant Galls’ course – there are some lovely galls at Withymead just now. Charge £25, BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
- The ‘Monday Morning Brews’ Club – light gardening and conservation tasks.
- Mondays and Wednesdays walkers / cyclists on the Bridleway are now able and welcome to visit the Study Centre and surrounding Wildlife Garden.
Walks can be arranged round Withymead Reserve, binoculars, hand lenses, books and microscopes can all be borrowed / used.
Study Centre is open on Sunday afternoon, 1- 4pm.