Reading has an extensive network of buses linking the different areas. They are relatively inexpensive and a quick way of travelling. It is therefore worth getting to know the bus routes that are of most use to you. The main buses that service the University of Reading are the 20, 20a and 21. These can be caught on campus on Chancellors Way as well as near the Main Entrance on Shinfield Road arriving approximately every 10 minutes and going to both the town centre and the large supermarket, ASDA, in Lower Earley. It takes approximately 15 minutes to get into town and only 10 minutes to get to Campus from Reading Railway station on theses buses. The cost into town or back from town onto campus is currently £1.80 for an adult or £1.30 if you are 19 years old or younger and you have obtained a free Readi-id card.
You can also purchase a SimplyUni card which gives you unlimited use on routes 20, 20a and 21 for either a whole term for £99 or a whole year for £297. If you use the buses a lot this can be a substantial saving. For information about the Readi-id and simplyUni cards, as well as other discount options for buying multiple tickets in advance see the bus website: www.reading-buses.co.uk/
Whiteknights campus is approximately 25 minutes walk from the centre of town or 35 min walk to the train station. Walking is a healthy way of getting around, but when it is dark or late it is not recommended to walk alone. Buses and taxis are a safer option.
At the University of Reading students are encouraged to cycle. Whiteknights Campus is ideal for cycling and cycling can save you time getting to and from lectures. There are bicycle racks at hall and on the main campus, so there’s always somewhere to lock your bike. Cycling in Reading town is more challenging and requires a good knowledge of road traffic rules and conventions. If you are unsure it is best to go with someone who has more experience before venturing out on your own. Cycle helmets should always be worn when cycling and when cycling at night and on dull overcast days, lights should be used and bright, preferably reflective, clothes should be worn.
New bicycles can be bought from a number of shops in Reading including Halfords, Argos and Berkshire Cycle Centre on Wokingham Road. You can also buy bicycles second hand for a lot cheaper from websites such as Gumtree.com.
The cost for the card is £28 for a year or £65 for 3 years.
You can purchase a 16-25 railcard at most train stations by filling in a leaflet at the station. You will need to have a passport size photo of yourself and your passport for proof of age. An ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) will also entitle you to purchase the rail card.
For more information about the railcard or to buy a railcard online and have it sent to you see this site: www.16-25railcard.co.uk/
Berkshire nature reserves ‘trashed’ after lockdown easing
More than 10 nature reserves in Berkshire have been trashed as anti-social behaviour hit “unprecedented” levels following the easing of lockdown in Berkshire alone, a wildlife trust has said.
Fly-tipping, littering and barbecue fires have increased, Berkshire (BBOWT) said. At Hosehill Lake (1 mile south Theale), boating and swimming has disturbed nesting birds including terns, lapwing, oyster catchers. People fishing in front of a specially created sand martin wall has thought to have caused a failure of nests there this year.
Fences and buildings have also been damaged. On Wildmoor (Crowthorne), people have cut fencing to reach restricted and protected areas of the reserve and at Moor Copse wildflowers and nesting areas for skylark have been damaged. People have broken into an old building at Greenham causing substantial damage to its structure and roof.
A trust director said it was the worst he had seen in 30 years.
Warm weather in recent weeks is also believed to have been a factor.
BBOWT director Christopher Williams said: “I’ve been shocked, saddened and angered by the frankly disgraceful behaviour and actions by some people which we have witnessed at our nature reserves in the last few weeks.
“I’ve worked in the sector for nearly 30 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Similar issues have hapenned in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, across 25 BBOWT nature reserves, volunteers have seen fly-tipping, littering, and trampled paths through reed beds, as well as fences cut and an old building damaged by a break-in.
BBOWT is asking anyone who witnesses any anti-social and criminal activity at any of our nature reserves, to contact the Police on 101. Details of how to report these incidents is explained on our website. We also ask people to spread the word that this is not acceptable through their own social media outlets. If the matter is serious, please contact BBOWT.
Fires and BBQs
Increase in dogs scaring sheep
Boating and Swimming – disturbs nesting terns, lapwing, oyster catchers
Fishing in front of sand martin wall – none nesting in it this year
Creating paths through the reedbed to get to the lake disturbing warblers etc.
Litter, BBQs, football games etc. including on neighbours property too
Dogs out of control chasing wildfowl and young.
Bike jumps, fires, treehouses, fences cut
Breaking into old building causing lots of damage to structure and roof, people drinking alcohol.
Fires and BBQs – a large fire on 30th May.
Drones, kites, model aircraft, picnics on lozenges, out of control dogs, fishing in ponds, fire beaters smashed, horseriding and cycling on lozenges,
Car park full and people parking on the road, BBQs all over site, fire, people going to the toilet behind the currently locked toilet building
People creating new paths through the meadows, damaging wildflowers and potential nesting areas for skylark.
Drive through demolition of gate into field.
Masses of flytipping
Logs thrown into river blocking watercourse and sluice downstream.
Motorcyclists, flytipping, drinking, littering.
Thatcham Reedbeds and Nature Discovery Centre
Vandalism, flytipping, littering.
Padlock/chain cut by motorcyclists to gain access to river crossing.
Lousehill Copse | Well Hidden Local Nature Reserve
A remnant ancient woodland that has been dated back to over 300 years ago, in the residential area of Tilehurst, In 1992 site was designated a Local Nature Reserve.
Lousehill Copse is dominated by a broadleaf canopy and mixed shrub layer. A circular path takes you round the wood with several spur paths connecting to local neighbourhoods. The wood includes steep slopes but as a result you do get a canopy eye view of the woodland!
The nature reserve is 13.03 hectares (32.2 acres) in size, and is under the management of the Reading Borough Council. The majority of the site comprises natural mature woodland surrounded by housing and featuring a pond, whilst the northern section of the reserve, also known as Comparts Plantation, is a grassy meadow area. To the south the reserve is crossed by Dee Road.
Along with Blundells Copse & McIlroy Park, Lousehill Copse forms part of West Reading Woodlands.
Lousehill Copse is located at Tay Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4DR
Clayfield Copse | Reading’s first Local Nature Reserve
A large, mainly natural open space consisting of fields and native woodlands adjoining the Oxfordshire countryside. Two fields are recreational areas. Some woodland is being actively managed as hazel coppice, and traditional dead hedging defines some of the ancient woodland areas. A wild flower meadow and other fields are being left to regenerate woodland. Beautiful bluebells spot in bluebell season.
Designated as a Reading Nature Reserve in 1991 (and was Reading’s first Local Nature Reserve). Clayfield Copse also features a Sculpture Trail (suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs) and two of the fields are recreational areas with a skate park.
Popular site for family walker, dog walkers
Clayfield Copse is located at Caversham Park Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 6R