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Pamber Forest and Upper Inhams Copse

An ancient woodland with heath and wood pasture, rich in butterflies and bees

Pamber Forest is a large ancient woodland site traditionally managed by coppicing and grazing. The open sunlit rides and clearings of this woodland are busy with butterflies in summer, with species such as purple emperors and white admirals appearing here. The woodland is predominantly oak and birch, and the heath and wood pasture on the east of the site make an interesting contrast to the woodland site. Three species of woodpecker, woodcock and a variety of warblers are some birds of note to be found here.


We have a guide to Pamber Forest and a self-guided trail to follow here and you can find out the latest goings on at the reserve via the newsletter.


Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust manage our nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife and we would like to thank all of our visitors that take care when walking on our nature reserves. We are working hard to engage with the dog walking community, in particular those that visit our nature reserves with their dog. The Trust’s "Dogs on Reserves" project has produced a leaflet that explains how to act responsibly on our nature reserves, along with some general guidance for dog walking visitors and advice about walking amongst cattle.


Pamber Forest is owned by the Englefield Estate and is managed by us in partnership with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, who lease it from the Estate. The Reserve Annual report can be downloaded here.

Getting to Pamber Forest

The nearest town is Tadley which is half a mile away. The grid reference for the site is SU 616 608. 

Car: from Basingstoke take the A340 to Tadley then at the first roundabout turn right. At a T junction turn right into Pamber Heath, after about 500m turn right into Impstone Road and just as the road veers right park in the gravely area on the left.

Public transport: From Basingtoke take the bus, Jazz 2, get off just before you reach Tadley at Skates Lane. At the Tadley and 30mph sign you will find a track leading onto the reserve.

Nearby nature reserves

Upper Inhams Copse
1 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Ron Ward's meadow
1 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Decoy Heath
2 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

0.5 miles from Tadley
Please see 'Getting to Pamber Forest'
Map reference
SU 616 608
Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
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Opening Times
Open at all times
194.00 hectares
Please contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Wellingtons or sturdy boots may be needed if conditions are wet. There is a large network of wide rides and tracks and smaller paths on the reserve.
Car park on the left near the end of Impstone Road
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Graham Dennis, Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0118 970 0155