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Padworth and Burghfield Commons

Padworth Common is a partially-wooded heathland nature reserve managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. The extensive woodland to the north east of the reserve is largely coniferous plantation with patches of broadleaf, predominantly Oak, woodland. This is one of the best areas in Berkshire for Nightjar, which breed on the heath and plantation clearings. Crossbill and Siskin sometimes breed in the coniferous forest areas. Berkshire listers should note that the county boundary runs along the southern edge of Padworth Common, east along Padworth Road and southeast to Mortimer.




Access The coniferous plantations of the Englefield Estate lie to the west and north of Four Houses Corner (SU 644 658) on the road from Burghfield Common to Heath End, with several road-side pull-offs available for parking on this, and the two roads going north to Ufton Nervet. Padworth Common lies to the south of the same road (SU 624 648) and has a network of footpaths criss-crossing the area. On the linked Google map, Padworth Common car park is place-marked.