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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 RG1, RG4, RG30 & RG31 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!

Snowdrops by Andy FairbairnWhat to do this month

 

 

Look for early signs of spring!

Will you spot the first woodland flowers poking through the woodland floor this month or will the ground be covered in snow? Look out for snowdrops, primroses and violets which flower early in the year, making the most of the sunlight that reaches the ground while the trees are bare.

On a walk through a woodland nature reserve, listen out for great spotted woodpeckers drumming on trees, and flocks of long-tailed tits flitting through the trees. Bowdown Woods, Berks, Whitecross Green Wood, Bucks/Oxon border and Warburg Nature Reserve, Oxon, are wonderful woodland reserves to explore.

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 planted 125 metres of hedgerow at Wells Farm in Oxon. Each of the 1,125 native trees that make up the hedgerow was painstakingly hand-planted. The species chosen are great for wildlife, providing different sources of food at different times of the year and places for birds to nest. They include blackthorn (great for nesting birds plus a very early nectar source for emerging bees), hawthorn, spindle (good berries), dog and guelder rose, hazel (nuts and catkins), field maple and purging buckthorn.

Not only do hedgerows provide shelter and food sources for wildlife, they provide vital shelter from the elements for our livestock who overwinter at the farm. Hedges also allow wildlife to move from one area to another. With all these benefits, they really are a ‘superhighway’! The new hedgerow will be a great legacy. As long as we manage it properly and lay it when it is around 3m tall, it will outlive any of us!

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

Robin by Margaret Holland

BBOWT photographer of the month!

Tree Creeper by Simon Blackwell

BBOWT’s photographer of the month is Simon Blackwell with this delightful photo of a Tree Creeper taken in the village of Kencott on the edge of Oxfordshire. Simon works on a farm in this area and is lucky enough to have permission to set up a private hide to get close and view all the woodland has to offer. As well as working on the farm Simon is a keen amateur wildlife photographer who enjoys watching wildlife as much as he does photographing it for others to see. Birds common or rare are his main passion as he says ‘they all seem to have their own personality’. He is currently trying to capture an image of a merlin that he has viewed in the area on a number of occasions. We wish Simon the best of luck with his mission and cannot wait to see the result! 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

Who we are

 

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 Cat Prior-Holt. 

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.