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BBOWT is the only voluntary organisation in the region concerned with all aspects of nature conservation.

The year in review

Watch our Chief Executive Estelle Bailey share all the wonderful things we've achieved for wildlife during 2016-2017.

We aim to

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust Conservation Report

  • Inspire, encourage and support people to take action for wildlife,
  • Buy, create and manage nature reserves to safeguard species and habitats,
  • Work with partners to conserve and enhance wildlife in the wider countryside and urban areas.

Read BBOWT’s exciting new Strategic Plan 2016-2021: Be part of nature’s recovery with our ambitious targets for 8% of land across the three counties to be rich in wildlife by 2020, and restoring 10% of unprotected land to wildlife-rich habitats by 2030. Our strategy aims to embed nature into people’s lives, giving them more natural green spaces to explore and discover their local wildlife. Find out how to be part of delivering our Strategic Plan: contact Estelle Bailey

Click on the image below to read the full Strategic Plan.

Highlights from 2016-17

Conservation Impact Report 

Every three years BBOWT carries out an audit of the ‘health’ of the wildlife that we are directly responsible for on our nature reserves, to assess the impacts and benefits of the conservation work that we do. The Conservation Impact Report (below) identifies seven habitats managed by BBOWT where conservation strategies show significant positive impacts for indicator species. This is in strong contrast to the general backdrop of decreasing biodiversity in the three counties.

The decline of wildlife species on unprotected land will only be halted when land managers improve habitats that contribute to a network of wildlife-rich spaces between the existing protected areas. The data and conservation strategies outlined in this Conservation Impact Report show how this can be achieved.

Click on the image below to read the Conservation Impact Report. 

How does BBOWT achieve these aims?

We look after nature reserves

We look after 88 nature reserves spanning more than 2,500 hectares across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Our nature reserves act like 'reservoirs' from which wildlife can spread back in the wider countryside and are central to our work to secure a better future for wildlife. Read our conservation report to find out how we make a difference.

Visit one of our nature reserves

We run wildlife events

Our programme of exciting events includes family activities, wildlife walks and illustrated talks. Reserve work parties give you the opportunity to get hands-on experience of nature conservation.

Try one of our events

We campaign for wildlife

We run campaigns to save precious habitats and vulnerable species. We lobby decision makers and aim to influence local plans and policies that affect wildlife by working with politicians, planners and members of the public

Read about our current campaigns

We work with other landowners

We encourage farmers, local authorities, private landowners and businesses to manage their land in a wildlife-friendly way. We offer advice and help to people managing local wildlife sites.

Learn about our Living Landscapes

We educate children about wildlife

We run environmental education centres catering to thousands of schoolchildren each year. We offer training for teachers and schools to help them teach their pupils about wildlife.

Find an education centre near your school

We train conservationists

We run training programmes to ensure that the next generation of conservationists have the skills and experience they need to improve habitats and outlooks for wildlife.

Explore our training opportunities

We provide wildlife advice

We offer information and advice about wildlife to help individuals, planners, developers and landowners protect and enhance habitats for wildlife. We champion wildlife gardening at our centres, through our training events and right here on our website.

Find out more about wildlife