|SEE OUR PHOTOS OF
BLUE TITS AS THEY WERE FLEDGING.
Blue tits nested in the wall of our patio in May. On Saturday 1 June 2013, the first chicks appeared in daylight. Take a look at our lovely photos in our Wildlife Gallery.
If you have a love of nature, it's worth spending time relaxing at the Flowing Spring. The wildlife here on the edge of the Chilterns is wonderful.
Fantastic Red Kites circle the skies every day. Owls make themselves heard at night. The majestic trees create a real stir in the breeze.
Below is a list of just some of the amazing wildlife we've seen and heard here. Several are linked to photos taken here.
Red Kites, Buzzards, Sparrowhawks and Kestrels (often in the garden, three fledged here in 2019)
Tawny Owls, Little Owls (at least four chicks born here in 2017) and Barn Owls
Grey Herons (fishing in our stream most days)
Green Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers (new family born in 2017 and 2020)
Kingfishers (particularly when it floods)
Rooks, Jackdaws, Magpies, Cuckoos and Jays
Treecreepers (yes, since the lockdown we've seen treecreepers lots of times)
Fieldfares and Song Thrushes
Garden Birds including Blue Tits (and their fledglings), Bearded Tits (2020), Great Tits, Long Tailed and Coal Tits, Robins, Wrens, Sparrows, Starlings, Blackbirds, Pied Wagtails, lots of Goldfinches
Swans (with their cygnets born in June), Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, Mandarins, Various Geese, Lapwings
Pike (swimming downstream to spawn)
Carp (spotted in the garden when it floods!)
Muntjac with Roe Deer, Fallow Deer, Red Deer and Sika Deer nearby
Wonderful Badgers and Weasels
Frogs and Toads (scores of froglets every June!)
Field Mice and Voles
Various moths and butterflies
Dragonflies, damselflies, ladybirds, spiders
Bees, wasps and beetles
The ancient Berry Brook, mentioned in the Domesday Book, runs along two sides of our garden and joins the Thames further downstream at Shiplake. The actual spring from which the pub is named trickles out of the chalk hills on the opposite side of Spring Lane. The spring is naturally shrouded by rushes and reeds in a protected, ecological area of beauty. The spring water flows into Berry Brook, heading for Shiplake through the meadows.
The pub is sited on a natural flood plain so the garden gets plenty of water (and the car park) but the floods never reach a level that threatens the building itself.
It seems that flooding in the last decade has been exacerbated by gravel works which started around 2005, resulting in a large boating lake with a weir that directs surplus water our way, over the meadows through Sonning Eye, through our land and over Spring Lane towards Shiplake. There are campaigns to stop the gravel works which, locally, are pointed at as the major cause of increased water levels that bear less relationship with the River Thames than in past years. The gravel works continue, excavating their way to Shiplake, carving up the beautiful countryside.
The pub sits half in the Chilterns and half in the Thames Valley, with the chalk of the Chilterns butting up against the clay of the Thames Valley. This explains the building's sloping walls and floors with not a right angle in sight! One of the beams in the bar marks the meeting point.
Please take a look at our many photos in our Gallery, taken over each season.
TRY OUT OUR CIRCULAR WALKS TO DUNSDEN AND BEYOND DESIGNED BY US!
PERFECT FOR BOXING DAY (WE'RE OPEN FROM 10:30AM)
Choose 2 miles, 3 miles or 7 miles.
Download or print it here. One A4 page.
This map is copyright Shrooms Foods Ltd 2016
OUR OTHER WALKS MAP
DOWNLOAD OUR A4 SIZE MAP OF WALKS, SPECIALLY DESIGNED BY US FOR OUR CUSTOMERS. IT SHOWS HOW TO GET HERE FROM READING, CAVERSHAM AND THAMES VALLEY PARK (SOUTH SIDE OF THE THAMES), TO AND FROM SHIPLAKE (NORTH SIDE OF THE THAMES), TO WARGRAVE (SOUTH OF THE THAMES), FROM EMMER GREEN, FROM CAVERSHAM PARK VILLAGE, TO AND FROM BINFIELD HEATH, TWYFORD AND CHARVIL - AND WE SHOW TWO CIRCULAR WALKS!
DOWNLOAD IT HERE!
This map is copyright Shrooms Foods 2013
The pub nestles within hills, fields and woodland and the views are beautiful. There are plenty of walks starting at the pub, whether a leisurely stroll along Spring Lane or into the woods opposite, or taking one of the many footpaths over the Chiltern Hills to Dunsden, Binfield Heath, and beyond. The River Thames is just minutes away at Sonning Bridge. Our map shows how to reach Sonning Bridge safely, avoiding the busy Playhatch Road. From Sonning Bridge there are towpaths towards Shiplake, Henley and Wargrave heading East and to Caversham and Reading heading West.
There is a highly popluar circular walk starting at the Flowing Spring, up through the hills (and Bluebell Woods in Spring) to Binfield Heath, down to Shiplake, past the church to the Thames and along the river to Sonning. It's about 6.5 miles taking just over two hours. We have also deisgned another circular walk, heading to Wargrave on the South side of the Thames, hopping on the train to Shiplake and then heading back on the North side of the Thames.
And don't forget our own circular walks through Dunsden, Crowsley and Binfield Heath over the rolling Chilterns. seven miles of sheer pleasure.
Anyone wishing to organise a group walk is welcome to park at our pub but it is essential you obtain prior agreement from us. Please do not assume you can just park here and wander off.
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