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Friends of
Clayfield Copse

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Friends of
Mapledurham Playing Fields

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Friends of
McIlroy Park

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Friends of
Reading Old Cemetery

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Friends of
Waterloo Meadows

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Reading Urban
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Friends of Clayfield Copse

Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Wood are located on the northern outskirts of Reading, on the Berkshire and Oxfordshire border, and consist of open meadows and native woodland. Some of the woodland is actively managed as hazel coppice whilst the meadows include areas of wild flowers and regenerating woodland. In 1991 the site became Reading's first local nature reserve and in part is designated as ancient woodland containing service trees, wild pear, bluebells, common orchids, wood anemones, etc..

Approximately eight hectares in size, the site is the only outcrop of London Clay north of the Thames River in Reading and makes up the southern tip of the Chilterns.

Isolated specimens of cedar and Scots pine date back to the time when the site was part of Caversham Park - the mansion house is now home to the BBC world wide monitoring station. (In the storm of 1990, one of the mature cedars was blown over and shire horses were used to pull out the remains of the once mighty tree so as to minimise disturbance of the woodland floor.)

Formed in 1989, the 'Friends' organise monthly tasks on the 1st Sunday and the 3rd Monday of the month throughout the year, see Programme for further details.

Photographs from Clayfield Copse

Contact: Peter 07748 766 340

Email:  Clayfield Copse

Reading Borough Council Site Description

Natural England - Local Nature Reserve Designation

Where to find us:  Google

Future Activities

Unless stated otherwise tasks are from 10:00 until 12:30. Meet at the Car Park, Caversham Park Road car park. A summary of current planned activities follows, for full details please visit our Programme.

Activity
Summary

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Sunday
1st May 2022

05:00 - 07:00
Dawn Chorus Walk

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Sunday
1st May 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Monday
16th May 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Sunday
5th June 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Monday
20th June 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Saturday
2nd July 2022

11:00 - 15:00
Meadows Day

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Sunday
3rd July 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Monday
18th July 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Sunday
7th August 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Monday
15th August 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Sunday
4th September 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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Saturday
17th September 2022

19:15 - 21:30
Bat and Moth Evening

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Monday
19th September 2022

10:00 - 12:30
Regular monthly task

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No new activities planned in the current programme

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