Scouting and Guiding groups

The Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and the Natural History Museum are supporting the Cub Naturalists Activity Badge and are providing exciting new resources to encourage Cub Scouts to get outdoors and explore nature.

Many of these resources are also suitable for other groups, such as Scouts and Brownies, to enable them to achieve similar badges, such as the Wildlife Explorer Badge.

Win our Hedgehog Award

Hedgehog Award

Earn eight stickers on your hedgehog award card to claim your Hedgehog Award certificate. Details and award cards are available from staff at our visitor centres:

 

Alternatively, you can sign up on the Wildlife Watch website to complete the award online.

Inspiring tomorrow's wildlife champions

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) works in a wide range of ways to teach children (and adults) about the natural world to ensure that wildlife remains a pririority for future generations. We offer opportunities for people young and old to become enthused and informed about wildlife through our events, our schools programme and right here on our website. 


Education centres

BBOWT has an environmental education centre in each of our three counties. The centres are wonderful places for children to learn about our natural world. They provide indoor and outdoor facilities for our education sessions for schools and wildlife-rich venues for family events.

Each centre runs a range of outdoor learning programmes for different age groups.

Find our centre nearest you

Family Watch (Photo by Rob Appleby)

Our Family Watch membership is specially designed to provide resources and opportunities for children and their families.

Members receive exclusive fun-filled magazines, wildlife posters, stickers and invitations to our special members' events. Explore the natural world as part of the UK's leading environmental action club for kids.

Learn more about Family Watch

Self-guided educational visits

Do you want to lead your own educational visit to one of our nature reserves? Please contact us so we can help you get the most out of your visit with extra information about the site, including health and safety issues. You can also help us protect any sensitive areas of the site.

Schools and other groups can also borrow pond dipping and mini-beast equipment.

Contact us

 

Events (Photo by Cliff Hide)

We run a calendar of great days out and fascinating talks for wildlife enthusiasts.

We also run events that will introduce your children to the natural world and give them opportunities to follow their enthusiasm for wildlife. Sign up for our family newsletter to receive regular updates about school half term and holiday events.

Find an event for your family

Go Wild at Your School

Why not 'Go Wild' in your school grounds with your local Wildlife Trust?

Our popular workshops are run by knowledgeable environmental educators who are experts in making outdoor learning enjoyable, exciting and fun. They aim to inspire your children to become budding nature enthusiasts and future wildlife caretakers...

Book a visit to your school

Wildlife Advice (Photo by Tony Croft)

BBOWT can help you with information about wildife or advice about wildlife gardening.

We have advice pages on bees, garden birds, ponds, hibernating animals, wildflower meadows and heathland all full of downloable information and posters.

We also give advice on how to attract wildlife to your garden.

Go to our wildlife pages

 

Conservation skills

We provide courses and training for adults to help them learn more about wildlife and its conservation.

Our traineeships can give you the experience you need to launch a career in conservation.

One of the best ways to learn about the habitats and species of the three counties is to help look after them as a BBOWT volunteer.

Volunteer with BBOWT

Ecological research

If you are a student in an environmental or conservation field of study you can undertake applied ecology research on our reserves.

You will have opportunities to have a direct impact on our conservation work and to present data to the conservation movement. 

A variety of projects are available for students.

Our research opportunities

Learning to love heathland

BBOWT is piloting a heathland education project with six schools and children’s clubs near Wildmoor Heath in Berkshire. Introductory classroom sessions will be followed by outdoor site visits with hands-on activities, such as survey work.

Our heathland resources for pupils and teachers are available to everyone.

Go to our Thames Basin Heath education project page

The Peregrine Project

Aylesbury Peregrine Project

Once again peregrines are nesting on Aylesbury Town Hall! Watch live footage from the Pergerine Cam or come along to one of our Peregrine Watch events on 28 May, 2 and 4 June. 

Sign up to our Family Fun E-Newsletter

Sign up to our Family Fun e-newsletter, with half-term and holiday events, seasonal highlights suitable for families and fun activities you can do at home and in your garden.

Children with badger at SCEEC by Sarah Hannington

Sign up to Family Fun

What's on

Fantastic Wildlife Fridays: Build a bug hotel

Friday 18th August 2017,
11.00am - 12.00pm

Venue: The Nature Discovery Centre

Spend some time looking for some of the fantastic bugs that you’ll find here then be creative with different materials to make your own bug hotel to take home so that you can encourage insects into your own garden.

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