Englemere Pond Nature Reserve covers an area of 27.6 Ha (68.2 acres) and consists of a shallow acidic lake offering a wide range of habitats that are important for wildlife. The site, which is located off Swinley road in Ascot, is extremely popular with dog-walkers, ramblers and nature lovers.
Facilities and key features
- a site noticeboard containing general site/wildlife information and temporary notices
- a circular marked nature trail that starts and ends at the car park
- a bench near the pond which serves as an excellent bird observation point
For much of its recorded history the site has been part of a great Royal Hunting Forest that surrounded Windsor Castle and today it is still part of the Crown Estate.
The site is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) for its important range of habitats and associated species. Open water and marshes are surrounded by commercial forest and heathland areas, each of which provide their own variety of plant species and a home for many birds, insects and animals.
The reed bed and shallow lake is important for many specialised birds and insects including grass snakes and the boggy areas are important for round-leaved sundew, a plant listed in the borough’s Biodiversity Action Plan.
Englemere Pond is managed under a licence agreement by Bracknell Forest Council.
The site is being enhanced as a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANGs) in order to create an enjoyable natural environment for recreation, away from the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area.
The Scots pine woodland is managed as a timber crop by The Crown Estate. Oak, mountain ash, willow and silver birch are also to be found here and alder trees are a favourite haunt of wintering migrant birds, such as siskins and redpolls who feed on the seeds.
How to get there
Located in Ascot, and in the parish of Winkfield the site can be accessed via Englemere car park, Swinley road, Winkfield, SL5 8BA. Grid reference SU905685.
If you are on foot you can access the park from Swinley Road, along the London Road by the traffic lights at the junction with Fernbank Road and further along the London Road towards Ascot via a narrow gap beside a locked metal field gate.
Sleeper bridges and boardwalks have been installed and surfacing has been provided in particularly wet areas of the trail.
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