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Wildlife & Countryside Survey Door Drop FAQ's

Over the next few weeks you may find a lovely Wildlife & Countryside Survey 2017 from BBOWT on your door mat. This document consists of a short survey regarding local wildlife and BBOWT’s interaction with it, as well a membership form; which all neatly folds into an envelope ready to be sent to the BBOWT office. During February & March 2017, we will be mailing this to people in our three counties. If you receive one of these in the post, and are already a member, feel free to fill in the survey and send it in, or pass it on to someone who may like to join. For more information please read our FAQs here or email our membership team.

What's happening in membership

BBOWT Recruiters on your doorstep

If you live in the postal region of RG30, RG31, RG1, RG2, OX1 & OX3 you may get a visit this week from our new Membership Recruiters who are knocking on doors and asking people if they would like to become members of BBOWT.

This is something we do from time to time, and is one of the main ways that we find new members cost-effectively. Apologies If you are already a member and they knock on your door. Read our FAQs about the recruiters, or email us if you have any questions.

New Member Event

We would like to invite you to one of our events especially for new members. Bring all the family or simply come on your own.

The next event is at:

College Lake Nature Reserve, Buckinghamshire

Saturday 25th March 2017, 10:30am

Join us to explore our beautiful reserve created on the site of an old chalk quarry. It is widely regarded as one of the best places in Buckinghamshire for water birds with many hides overlooking the lake.

RSVP here.

Thank you for supporting BBOWT

Welcome to the members' part of the website!

You help us protect some incredible places across our three counties. We want to share some of the sights and experiences that, without your support, probably wouldn't exist!

Feel free to share your thoughts and stories and meet some of the other people that, like you, have stepped up to protect our local wildlife. This page will be updated regularly, so check back soon!

Chaffinch by Margaret HollandWhat to do this month

 

 

Take a walk through the woods and enjoy the sound of birdsong. More woodland flowers are starting to bloom this month too. Look out for lesser celandine, wood anemones and the strange looking lords and ladies or cuckoo-pint. Dancersend, Bucks and Sydlings Copse, Oxon are both wonderful woodland reserves to explore.

March is also the time to pay a visit to Inkpen Crocus Field, tucked away in west Berkshire. Hundreds of thousands of wild crocuses bloom here each spring and they’re starting to bloom now. No-one knows the exact origin of the crocuses but the spectacular display is well worth a visit.

Read our blog to see which other reserves are great to visit this month

See which are our top 10 species to look out for this month 

Our members

What's your wild place?

 

View from Hartslock by Jim Asher

Hartslock Nature Reserve, near Goring, is the place I go to recharge my batteries! Climbing the hill is worth the effort for the spectacular views over Goring Gap at any time of the year.

I like to walk here from Goring along the Thames Path. In summer the reserve is renowned for the wild flowers and butterflies but it's a very special place in autumn and winter too. 

Sarah, BBOWT Member 

Email membership@bbowt.org.uk to share your wild place.

 

 

What your membership has meant for wildlife...

 

We’ve been managing hundreds of metres of hedgerow across our three counties this winter to help precious wildlife including brown hairstreak butterflies and farmland birds.

Brown and black hairstreak caterpillars are entirely limited to blackthorn – black hairstreaks require mature blackthorn while brown hairstreaks need young, tender growth for laying their eggs. Populations of both have declined substantially across the UK as hedgerows are removed or managed by flailing. We coppice some sections of blackthorn to provide the young growth needed by brown hairstreaks and keep areas of older blackthorn for black hairstreaks.

Hedgelaying is particularly good for farmland birds including yellowhammers and linnets. This traditional way of managing hedgerows creates thick, bushy hedgerows which provide nest sites for birds and shelter from predators.

We’ve been making the most of the winter months to carry out work on hedgerows. All of this work will need to stop soon so we can let birds nest in peace. Find out more about why hedgerows are important habitats here.

It is only thanks to the generosity of our members that we are able to carry on with our habitat management work at all of the fantastic 88 sites. So, on behalf of us all here at BBOWT, thank you!

Tell us what you love about your local wildlife: email membership@bbowt.org.uk to share or tweet @bbowt

Hedgelaying by Charlotte Karmali

BBOWT photographer of the month!

Reed Bunting by Dan Ransley

BBOWT’s photographer of the month is Dan Ransley with this gorgeous photo of a reed bunting taken on a (very!) cold winter day at BBOWT's Weston Turville reserve. Dan spent most of the afternoon tucked up in a hide, sheltering from the lashing rain and looking out over the frozen water. Luckily his patience was rewarded when, not long before sunset, the rain stopped and the reed-beds were bathed in beautiful winter sunlight for a while. Making the most of the break in the weather, a pair of reed buntings took the opportunity to feed among the reeds just in front of the bird hide, giving Dan the perfect opportunity to get this shot. We'd love to see your photos of wildlife through the seasons. Share them with us on Twitter and Facebook

Do you want to be considered for photographer of the month? Share your photographs with us on Flickr (and please remember to make them available under a "creative commons" license!).

Your local Wildlife Trust

BBOWT Inkpen Crocus field by Adrian Wallington

 

Your local Wildlife Trust brings people and nature together to protect our environment. Our experts work with more than 1,400 volunteers to look after over 80 nature reserves, four education centres and run hundreds of amazing events. We rely on the generosity of individuals, charitable trusts and businessesSupport our work by donating just £5 a month.

Photo by Peter Creed. 

Read the BBOWT Blog

Get an insider's view into the work of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust. Find out what conservation work we're carrying out and meet some of the wonderful people, from our reserves staff to our trainees, that are behind everything we do.

Read the blog.