Western Thames Basin

Caesar's Camp by Alex Cruickshank

This area has ancient woodland, heathland, acid grassland, meadows and wetland. Our vision is to make these habitats bigger, better and more joined up, through restoring neglected habitat and increased use of traditional management techniques such as grazing and coppicing.

By working with farmers and landowners to manage heathland and waterways in a way that is sensitive to wildlife we can connect formerly isolated patches of habitat into a wildlife-rich landscape and encourage species such as otters, woodlarks and nightjars to flourish.

The Trust manages four nature reserves in the area. These sites provide high quality wildlife habitat and act as examples for wildlife friendly site management. Pamber Forest is our largest reserve and provides high quality rich greenspace for people to enjoy.

Where is it? 

This area encompasses Pamber Forest and Silchester Common in the east and then extends westwards along the River Enborne valley, partly overlapping the North Wessex Downs AONB.

This Living Landscape adjoins the BBOWT West Berkshire Living Landscapes area along the county boundary, the River Enborne.

Nature Reserves

Pamber Forest and Upper Ingham's Copse - is the Trust’s flagship reserve in north Hampshire and is important for rare butterflies, insects and birds. The Enborne is a small, relatively unmodified river flowing north-east into the Kennett and forming the border between Hampshire and Berkshire at Greenham Common. This is a beautiful landscape and is important both for biodiversity and the rural economy.

Ron Ward's Meadow - This 10 hectare grassland was nurtured, carefully managed and passed on as a legacy to the Trust by Ron Ward. A survivor from yesteryear, this traditional meadow is exceptionally rich in wildflowers. A multitude of plants are found here, including dyer’s greenweed, yellow rattle, saw-wort, field scabious, quaking grass, southern marsh-orchid and common spotted-orchid hybrids.

Headley Gravel Pits -  Once quarried for gravel, these seven hectares of woodland and grassland have become colonised by important wildlife, including reptiles and orchids. It has a population of black adders, thousands of green-winged orchids in late spring and interesting lichens.