Padworth Common Local Nature Reserve and Wildlife Heritage Site
A haven for wildlife and a tranquil place to spend some time
Padworth Common is a delightful area of heathland and wet woodland containing a number of ponds.
The common is bisected by the Padworth Road which runs between Tadley and Burghfield.
In the summer it hosts the elusive Nightjar. A number of other heathland specialist birds are either resident or regularly breed here such as Dartford Warbler, Tree Pipit, Stonechat and Woodlark.
Padworth is also home to a variety of reptiles including adder, grass snake and slow worm and amphibians including common frog, toad and both palmate and smooth newts.
During the spring and summer months the heath buzzes with activity, butterflies including Grayling use the heath and a particular highlight is the main pond on North Common with dragonflies, damselflies and a variety of aquatic invertebrates and larvae.
Padworth Common is in the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme which helps fund nature conservation work on the common for the benefit of these important habitats and associated species.