A great example of what local people passionate about wildlife can achieve
Haymill Valley by Jim Asher
Take a delightful stroll around this charming lake
Loddon Nature Reserve by Jim Asher
A pocket-sized treasure of old mixed woodland
Long Grove Wood by Jim Asher
A peaceful haven, delightful for walking and studying
Bleinheim Farm by Jim Asher
This tranquil woodland and pond once belonged to CS Lewis
CS Lewis Nature Reserve by Jim Asher
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust works in local communities to enhance places for wildlife and people.
Community Nature Reserves
Berks Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust Community Nature Reserves are special places that we actively manage to engage local communities. They are not only a refuge for wildlife, they are also a fantastic community resource to be enjoyed by all. We work with volunteers to look after the wildlife and also to run activities to help local people enjoy these local treasures.
Community Work Parties
Why not join one of our community reserve work parties? You'll have fun, keep fit and meet new people. Several of our Community Nature Reserves have regular conservation work parties, when we get our hands dirty improving these sites for wildlife and people. You can help clear paths, dig ponds and learn to survey for wildlife.
- For Berkshire, contact Daniel Akam on 01628 829574 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Buckinghamshire, contact Cathie Hasler on 01442 826774 or email@example.com
- For Oxfordshire, contact Mark Bradfield on 01865 775476 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BBOWT run the Dorothy Morley Community Awards every two years to celebrate a dedicated campaigner on rural issues and a Berkshire community wildlife project. Find out about past winners or how you can enter.
Wells Farm Allotments
On a quiet corner of Wells Farm nature reserve, we run a community allotment and orchard. All allotment tenants live close to the site, so are able to walk rather than drive, and grow
fresh organic food virtually on their doorsteps. A real coup for sustainable living!
In 2008, Artist Pippa North worked with local people to create two giant sculptures of kingfishers from reclaimed metal for BBOWT's Haymill Valley Community Nature Reserve. As part of this community project, school children learned about kingfishers and other local widlife and created artworks of their own, while local people helped clear space for the kingfishers to stand.
In 2010, four artists and two hundred children transformed the interiors of four bird hides at College Lake into works of art that reflect and enhance their setting and purpose. The bird art surprises, inspires and educates adults and children. Visit College Lake to see these unique hides.
James Aldridge brought together found objects, historical data, vintage luggage and manipulated maps to explore bird migration and industrial heritage.
Martin Prothero enabled the plants and animals of the reserve to draw directly in the soil and represent themselves as art.
Stu McLellan played with the format of the graphic novel to portray his hide as a portal to a surreal and surprising universe.
Lynda Cornwell illuminated the ultraviolet markings of local birds and insects with shifting rainbows of white light reflected from the sun.