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Wind In The Willows Nature Reserve Hogmoor Copse 'Is Popular Gay Sex Cruising Hotspot'

21/05/2013 09:37 BST | Updated 21/05/2013 13:47 BST

It is the pastoral setting believed to have inspired Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic, The Wind In The Willows.

And the Hogmoor Copse nature reserve, located near Pangbourne, Berkshire, is back in vogue – if for different reasons entirely.

For the riverside enclave where Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger shared camaraderie and adventures is now a popular gay sex cruising hotspot.

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Kenneth Grahame's The Wind In The Willows was first published in 1908

The Cruising Gays City Hookup Guide lists the area as suitable for “Anyone from smart to truckers, to younger, older, all types.”

It awards the site three-and-a-half stars out of five and gives directions “through a hedge”, to a picnic area and trail “where most hang out.”

A spokesman for Thames Valley police told the Huffington Post UK the force was aware of a "dogging problem".

She added: "It is something they are aware of. They regularly patrol the area and have conducted operations in the past. There will possibly by further operations in the future to combat the problem too."

One walker told The Mirror the authorities should “give it back to the right kind of nature lover”.

An online guide to Exploring the Thames Wilderness says: "There are masses of bluebells in spring and fungi in autumn. Other spring flowers are wood anemones, primroses and dog violets... Roe deer live amongst the trees and water voles are beside the River Rang."

Grahame's books - based on bedtime stories he told his son Alistair - were first published in 1908. In 1909, US President Theodore Roosevelt wrote to Grahame to tell him that he had "read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends."