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