Protect wildlife for the future

We have produced a clear and practical leaflet to help you leave a legacy to the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust.

You can request a hardcopy of our advice booklet by contacting us on membership@bbowt.org.uk or 01865 788300.

BBOWT is a member of the Fundraising Standards Board

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Registered Charity Number 204330

The Lodge, 1 Armstrong Road, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4XT

Leave a Legacy

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Aston Clinton Ragpits by Tim Read

A legacy to BBOWT is a gift that will help our wildlife for generations to come.

A legacy to BBOWT is a gift that will help our wildlife for generations to come. These gifts, no matter how small, help us nurture and protect wild spaces, so that local species can thrive. Your future support could help BBOWT achieve remarkable things.

Recent legacies have helped us to:

  • restore a wet meadow on the Upper River Ray to help protect wading birds like redshank, snipe and curlew,
  • double the size of our Finemere Wood Nature Reserve in Bucks, important for the nationally-rare black hairstreak butterfly,
  • maintain our Warburg Nature Reserve in Oxon – one of our most diverse and popular reserves. 

Our amazing supporters

Marbled white butterflyThese are just a few of the committed supporters whose love of nature and local wildlife lives on through gifts made in their wills.

Rowland Money had supported BBOWT for many years and loved butterflies. His gift was used to restore areas of precious chalk grassland that have become a haven for butterflies. It also allowed rare seed for a variety of chalk-loving plants to be sown across a huge field that in summer brims with wildflowers and butterflies.

Bob Brocklehurst volunteered for years for the Trust and the gift in his will was used to make lasting improvements to College Lake nature reserve including the planting of a traditional orchard, creating a new trail and a bird hide.

When BBOWT had the opportunity to purchase Gallows Bridge Farm in Buckinghamshire, it was a gift in Pauline Goodhinde’s will that paved the way for other key funders to add their donations.

Len and Marie Goodwin, keen supporters of the Trust for many years, wanted to ensure the long-term protection and appreciation of the Berkshire wildlife they loved. They saved and nurtured Shepperlands Farm, now a BBOWT nature reserve.

Lillian Watts was one of BBOWT’s earliest members and a long-term supporter of the Trust’s work. Among other things, Lillian’s gift in her will helped us to purchase Watts Bank in Berkshire.

Vera Paul worked hard during her lifetime to raise the funds for BBOWT to buy Warburg Nature Reserve near Henley – and her legacy now helps us look after it.

Help to secure the future of local wildlife

If you would like to discuss the best way to leave a legacy to your local Wildlife Trust, or would like us to send you a booklet, please contact our membership team by email membership@bbowt.org.uk or call us on 01865 788300 to talk in confidence.

Do something amazing...

Bucket list

Inspired by the 2007 film The Bucket List starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, a bucket list is defined as a number of experiences or achievements a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.

Many of us set annual goals, wish lists or resolutions. For wildlife lovers, goals may include seeing a red squirrel in the wild or experiencing the unforgettable sights and sounds of a starling murmuration forming shapes in the autumn sky.

Your bucket list could go that one step further. It could be the start of something amazing: it could change your life and the lives of others. If you love wildlife, leaving a legacy to the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is the ultimate bucket list achievement.

Whichever of the three counties’ wild places or species has your heart – whether it’s a woodland or a meadow, the otter or the barn owl – BBOWT is working to protect it. Leaving a legacy of any size to BBOWT will help to protect habitats, plants and animals beyond your lifetime and enable others to enjoy, learn about and care for them as much as you do.

And compared with some bucket list ambitions it’s easy to do – there’s no need to jump out of a plane at 13,000 feet, trek the Peruvian mountains or spend days with a foreign language tape.

If you’d like to talk about leaving a legacy please email membership@bbowt.org.uk or call us on 01865 788300 to talk in confidence.