Lobbying Act

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) seeks support from politicians and candidates across the political spectrum for nature conservation in order to achieve our aims of a Living Landscape throughout our region.

Along with other Wildlife Trusts, BBOWT is not a registered campaigning organisation with the Electoral Commission under the rules covering the period before elections. Details are available from The Wildlife Trusts.  

Campaigns

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Take action for wildlife.

The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust leads and takes part in local and national campaigns to build public and political support for protecting wildlife. We work with politicians, planners and members of the public to influence wildlife policy and decisions. You can keep up with our campaigns and other work by subscribing to our e-newsletter.

Campaign success stories

Wildflower meadow saved from Eco-town development

In 2008, BBOWT mounted a major campaign to save Woodsides Meadow, one of the most exquisite wildflower meadows of Oxfordshire, which was threatened by a proposed Eco-town. After significant publicity, a huge amount of lobbying behind the scenes and around 5,000 letters of objection by BBOWT members, the proposal was dropped.

Special Protection Area for Berkshire's birds

Conservation groups led by BBOWT and RSPB helped to ensure that part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area which covers Ascot, Berkshire continues to protect rare ground-nesting birds including Dartford warbler, nightjar and woodlark. Read more...  

Current campaigns

Children at Warburg by Ric MellisAct for Nature

The Wildlife Trusts and other wildlife charities are challenging the political parties to Act for Nature and commit to a ‘Nature and Wellbeing Act’, not only for wildlife’s sake but also for the contribution nature makes to people’s health and wellbeing. Find out more on the Act for Nature page.

HS2: The countryside under threat by Helen Walsh /www.lonelycottage.co.ukHS2

The Government’s proposal for High Speed Two railway between London and Birmingham and beyond to the north of England, is currently one of our major campaigns.

The proposed HS2 route would affect more than 150 wildlife sites along the London to Birmingham route, including four Wildlife Trust reserves and many Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Keep up to date on the HS2 page to read about our latest campaign activities

Dartford Warbler by Vicky NallEU Habitats and Birds Directives

We are very concerned about the Government’s proposed changes to the Habitats and Birds Directives, EU legislation that has helped to protect special areas such as the Thames Basin Heaths for wildlife.

Much of our campaigning work is out of the public eye as we meet and discuss our concerns with MPs and key decision-makers with the aim of influencing them to speak up for wildlife on our behalf. Find out more on the EU Habitats and Birds Directives page.

Jewel anemones by Sally SharrockMarine Conservation Zones

The Wildlife Trusts are calling for the designation of 127 Marine Conservation Zones around our coasts. Although 31 sites around the British Isles are proposed for designation as MCZs, these are not enough. The best way to protect such diverse and unique habitats is to select a suite of sites that form a network. Find out more on the Marine Conservation Zones page.