Ladybird. Photo by Rachel Scopes
Our Membership Team has answered your most frequently asked questions. Use the links below to jump to the section you are interested in.
- Questions about membership
- Questions about reserves
- Questions about BBOWT's work
- Questions about ways to help wildlife
- Questions about door step recruiters
- How do I become a member?
- How do I get in touch with you to make a change to my membership details? For example, change my address, my subscription amount/day/frequency or add children to a Watch membership?
- How do I leave a legacy to BBOWT?
- What do I receive if I become a member?
- Why must I pay by direct debit in order to receive a reserves handbook?
- How does BBOWT benefit from my donation at the car park at College Lake?
You can join by various methods. Click here to join online, call 01865 788300 to speak to our Membership Team, email email@example.com or write to us at BBOWT, The Lodge, 1, Armstrong Road, Oxford OX4 4XT.
How do I get in touch with you to make a change to my membership details? For example, change my address, my subscription amount/day/frequency or add children to a Watch membership?
You can easily update your contact details, the amount you donate and anything else to do with your membership by getting in touch with our friendly Membership Team on 01865 788300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leaving a legacy in your will to BBOWT will make a huge difference to the wildlife you love! Legacies have been used in the past to buy precious natural habitats, improve reserves, provide bird hides and help volunteers make places for wildlife. Large or small, your gift will make a difference. Download our Guide to Making a Will booklet which is full of helpful information about making or changing your Will. Get in touch with the membership office for more details or to receive a hard copy of our booklet.
New members who pay by Direct Debit receive a copy of our full-colour exclusive handbook to BBOWT nature reserves, Where to go for Wildlife, free of charge. All members receive a copy of our magazine Wildlife News three times a year with our diary of events in the three counties. Watch members also receive a copy of the junior magazine Wildlife Watch and a poster four times a year.
Paying by Direct Debit helps us to keep our administration costs low and allows us to spend more of our income on vital conservation work across the three counties.
If you make a donation it may be used as Contributory Third Party Payments to Landfill Companies in order to unlock Landfill Community Funds. For each £1 donated we can unlock £10 to invest in habitat conservation projects across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. By making a donation you consent to this payment.
- What are the nearest reserves to me?
- What are the best reserves to see at this time of year?
- How can I let you know about an exciting wildlife sighting on one of your reserves?
- I want to let you know about a problem on one of your reserves
- Why must my dog be kept on a lead on BBOWT’s reserves?
- Do I need to be a member of BBOWT to visit your reserves?
- Which of your reserves require a permit to visit?
- Which of your reserves have bird hides?
You can find full details of all BBOWT’s reserves, including travel information, in our reserves handbook Where to go for Wildlife, which is available to all members who pay by Direct Debit. Alternatively our reserves page let's you search by postcode to find reserves close to you.
Visit our Seasonal Spectacles page for plenty of information on the best reserves to visit at different times of the year, or consult your handbook, Where to go for Wildlife, which lists our reserves under categories such as Seasonal Spectacles and Local Treasures.
Did you manage to get a photograph? We'd love to see it! Please upload it to our flickr group and tag it with the reserve name.
If you saw something particularly rare or unusual, you can head over to our monitoring wildlife page, where you'll find an online form to report wildlife sightings to our Biodiversity Team, and information about volunteering as a wildlife surveyor.
Please call 01865 775476 or email email@example.com and we can put you in touch with the relevant person.
The majority of BBOWT’s reserves welcome dogs on a lead. This is because unleashed dogs, however well behaved, can disturb wildlife and cause damage to plants.
No. All of our reserves are open to members and non-members. But as a member you will be helping to protect the wildlife on our reserves, now and in the future.
- Foxcote Reservoir
- Swains Wood
- Windsor Hill
You can get information on these reserves and how to get a permit on our permit only reserves webpage.
- Chimney Meadows
- College Lake
- Foxcote Reservoir
- Lashford Lane Fen
- Nature Discovery Centre
- Warburg Nature Reserve
What is BBOWT’s position on HS2/the badger cull?
Please click here for our position on:
- I am interested in volunteering. Who do I contact?
- What can I do in my garden to help wildlife?
- Help! I found an injured animal or bird.
Have a look at our full list of work-parties. In the first instance you should contact the leader of the work party you are interested in. If you have any further questions please get in touch on 01865 775476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lots of things! We've written about a few of the things you can do in our online guide to wildlife gardening.
You can also visit the Wild About Gardens website for even more ideas for your wildlife garden.
BBOWT does not have the resources to help with individual cases of animal injury. If you have an injured animal or bird, please call either:
- RSPCA: 0300 1234999
- St. Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital: 01844 292292
- Are these new recruiters employed directly by BBOWT?
- Why are you using this technique?
- Why are you asking for £10 a month?
- How can I join BBOWT?
No, they are employed by REAL Fundraising Ltd who are an agency we are working with to approach members of the public because we do not have the resources to run this kind of project on our own.
It can be hard to find people who may support BBOWT if they knew more about the work we do, but have never been given the opportunity. We use various ways to recruit new members such as talking to people at various local venues, but we find calling on people in their homes to explain the benefits of being a member one of the most effective means.
£10 a month would enable us to do so much after a year, such as building two brand new barn owl nest boxes, or protecting ten thousand square metres of traditional hay meadows.
First of all, a massive thank you from all of us here at BBOWT for choosing to support us! You will be helping to protect all the wonderful wildlife that the Trust works very hard to protect.
There are various ways that you can join us:
- Call our membership team on 01865 788300 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
- Join online here
- Write to us at Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, The Lodge, 1 Armstrong Road, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4XT