Hosehill Lake LNR
SUMMARY:
Designated site name: Hosehill Lake LNR   View map
LNR Type: Urban Fringe Type:  Biological
County: BERKSHIRE Natural England Area Team: Thames Valley (LNR)
Other overlapping designations:
SITE DETAILS:
Date of Declaration: 01/01/1998 Declaring Authority: West Berkshire Council
Area (Ha): 23.59 Grid Reference: SU 649 696
Owned By:  West Berkshire Council Managed By:  West Berkshire Council / Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust
Location: Situated between Theale and Sulhampstead. RG7 4BE
VISITOR INFORMATION:
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

By car - The entrance is opposite the Fox & Hounds Pub, Sunnyside, Station Road, Theale. Parking is currently permitted in the rear of the pub car park. From Reading and M4 Junction 12 - Head towards Theale along the A4. Go across the first roundabout after the M4 Junction and take the next slip road off the dual carriageway towards Theale Station. Follow and pass the signs for Theale Station towards Sheffield Bottom until you come to 3rd roundabout. Take a left here and immediately you will see the Pub.
From Newbury/Aldermaston A4 - Go along the A4 towards Theale and the M4. Go along the A4 dual carriageway from the roundabout (the A340 turnoff) and U turn back along the dual carriageway at the next roundabout. Take the next slip road off the dual carriageway towards Theale Station. Follow and pass the signs for Theale Station towards Sheffield Bottom until you come to 3rd roundabout. Take a left here and immediately you will see the Pub. From Burghfield - Take the Theale Road to Hose Hill. Go through the traffic lights and go left at the junction. The Pub is along the road to your right.
Train - The nearest Train station is Theale which is about ¾ mile away.

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: Hosehill Lake is essentially a lake with a perimeter path around the edge that takes you through a variety of habitats including meadows, woodland, reedbeds and a pond.
There have so far been a total of 168 different bird sightings including lapwings, little ring plovers, goldeneye, tufted ducks, pochard, gadwall, teal, widgeon, great crested grebes and a number of more unusual visitors like the bittern. A large sand martin bank can be viewed from the other side of the lake and house martins, swifts and swallow can be seen from March/April.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
FURTHER INFORMATION:
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.
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