The Nature Discovery Centre

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View across Thatcham Lake

The Nature Discovery Centre is a nature centre in the town of Thatcham in the county of Berkshire in England. It is situated at Thatcham Lake, a flooded gravel quarry near to the Thatcham Reed Beds.

The Nature Discovery Centre opened in 1995 and currently attracts over 75,000 visitors each year. A further estimated 75,000 visitors use the surrounding site for recreational activities throughout the year. There are a number of paths, a wooden sculpture trail and bird hide. The Visitor Centre has a café and offers an extensive programme of events.[1]


The building was refurbished in 2007 giving the centre new features designed to make the building more sustainable and energy efficient and to reduce its impact on the local environment.[2]

The sustainable features include:

Panorama of The Nature Discovery Centre in winter


  1. ^ "Thatcham Tourist Information". TourUK. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  2. ^ "About The Nature Discovery Centre". West Berkshire Council. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  3. ^ "The Nature Discovery Centre sustainable features". West Berkshire Council. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 

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Coordinates: 51°23′59.93″N 1°16′25.76″W / 51.3999806°N 1.2738222°W / 51.3999806; -1.2738222