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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 OX5, OX2, 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:

Bowdown Woods Nature Reserve, Berkshire

Saturday 29th April 2017, 10:30am

Stretching from the vast heathland of Greenham Common down to the River Kennet, Bowdown Woods is a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife thanks to its variety of habitats including ancient woodland, heathland, streams and ponds.

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!

Bernwood Meadows by Kate TitfordWhat to do this month

 

 

Bluebells bloomed early this year but you can still enjoy the sight of carpets of bluebells in some of our woodland reserves. Look out for early-purple orchids growing amongst the bluebells at Bowdown Woods, Finemere Woods, Moor Copse and Warburg Nature Reserve.

Other orchids are starting to bloom now too. There are green-winged orchids at Bernwood Meadows, at their peak thousands of these flowers bloom here thanks to careful management of these old meadows.

Migrant birds are still arriving in the UK for summer, listen out for cuckoos, nightingales and swifts. We’d love to know when you hear them.

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...

 

We’re midway through lambing season at Chimney Meadows nature reserve. Around 30 lambs have been born so far with more than 100 due altogether. In time these lambs will head out to some of our nature reserves to graze the vegetation.

We use sheep, cattle and ponies to graze our reserves, using different animals depending on the habitat. Without grazing on chalk grassland or in hay meadows, for example, the coarse grasses would start to dominate these habitats, followed by woody plants and, if left long enough, grassland would eventually become woodland.

Next time you see livestock on a reserve, swathes of beautiful wild flowers in spring and summer or even ground nesting birds which need the ‘tussocky’ habitat created by grazing, remember this is thanks to a return to a centuries old way of managing habitats, which BBOWT is continuing for the benefit of our local wildlife, and it’s all thanks to your support.

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

Chimney Meadows Lambs by Mark Bradfield

BBOWT photographer of the month!

Tadpoles by Peter Garner

BBOWT’s photographer of the month is Peter Garner with this mysterious & beautiful photo of tadpoles taken in April at Stonepit Field in Milton Keynes. This is the perfect time of year to see tadpoles as frogs come to ponds to breed during the spring. However, due to human activity, including the drainage of land for agriculture and the loss of ponds through development, has resulted in the disappearance of many wetlands. This has taken its toll on wetland wildlife like frogs The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with planners, developers and farmers to ensure our wetlands are protected. You can help: encourage frogs and other amphibians into your garden by having a wildlife-friendly pond and leaving piles of logs for hibernating beneath. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden. 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

Nuthatch by Phill Luckhurst

 

Photo credits: Foxholes' bluebells by Steve Gray.

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.