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BBOWT Recruiters on your doorstep

If you live in the postal region of OX5, OX2 or OX9. 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

The next event is at:

Dancersend Nature Reserve, Buckinghamshire

Sunday 3rd September 2017 - 11.00am

We would like to invite you to one of our events especially for new members. Take a walk with us through this wonderfully mixed reserve deep in the Chilterns, with large areas of chalk grassland habitat, home to the delicate local speciality, the Chiltern gentian.

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!

heather speciesWhat to do this month

 

 

Look out for heathland turning all shades of pinks and purples as the heather comes into flower this month. There are three species of heather to look out for: heather or ‘ling’, bell heather and cross-leaved heath.
Heather is the classic heathland plant that turns heathland shades of purple and pink in August and September.
Bell heather has vibrant purple bell-shaped flowers and grows on drier parts of heathland.
Cross-leaved heath grows on wetter, boggier areas of heathland, where the soil is more acidic. The greyish-green leaves grow in groups of four, in a cross-shape, up the stem and the pale pink flowers form a cluster at the top of each stem.

As well as heather, Decoy Heath is also a great place to spot dragonflies and damselflies, no fewer than 23 species have been known to breed around its shallow pools. 

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?

 

Orange-tip on cuckooflower

I love Moor Copse in Berkshire. The woods and meadows are really special places in spring when the flowers start to bloom.

But anytime of year is a good time to visit this reserve! Summer has butterflies, autumn has fungi and winter brings atmospheric misty mornings. 

Kate, BBOWT Member 

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

 

 

What your membership has meant for wildlife...

It's thanks to the generosity of members that BBOWT can manage 449 hectares of meadow, including 5% of the remaining floodplain meadows in England, creating precious havens for the wildlife within them.

These rolling meadows filled with wild flowers, insects and birds are actively-managed grasslands, and without your help would be at risk of disappearing forever.

See our infographic about our meadow conservation work here

It's only thanks to the generosity of our members that we are able to carry out this habitat mangement, helping these and many other precious species.

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

Meadow infographic

BBOWT photographer of the month!

Good to Be Home by Cat Prior-Holt

BBOWT’s photographer of the month is Cat Prior-Holt’s entry in the 2016 Photo Competition. Her photo was highly commended in the Oxford Festival of Nature 2016 Photo Competition with this surprising photo of a solitary wasp burrowing in the sand. June is the month of festivals of Nature and this year we have two! The Oxford festival of Nature is back and bigger than ever and this year for the first time we are hosting the Milton Keynes Festival of Nature so be sure to visit the events if you are in the area. The 2017 Oxford Festival of Nature photo competition is now open and you can enter here. Be sure to check out last year’s winners to get some top tips. 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

Adonis blue by Colin Williams

 

Photo credit: Adonis blue by Colin Williams.

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.

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.