The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK to achieve the shared aim of securing a better future for wildlife.
BBOWT was founded in 1959 (as the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Naturalist Trust - BBONT) by local ecologists who could see the extent of harm being done to the wonderfully rich natural environment of the three counties. For more than 55 years we have worked with local people to make Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire rich in wildlife.
The Year in Review
Watch our Chief Executive Estelle Bailey share what we’ve achieved for wildlife during 2015-16.
BBOWT highlights 2015-16
Take a look at the fun and fascinating work that BBOWT staff and volunteers have done.
Who we are
BBOWT currently has about 54,000 members and 1,400 active volunteers. It is thanks to our members and volunteers that we are able to keep going - we do not receive any core governmental funding. Our income comes from a range of sources including grants, legacies, business support and charitable trusts donations, but most important of all are our membership subscriptions. So thank you for helping us.
Links to our latest publications are in the box to the left. You can also read Wildlife News, our members’ magazine and other publications here.
What we do
We protect wildlife
We work to give wildlife a helping hand across the three counties. This includes monitoring species and running projects to support declining species such as water voles, and threatened habitats such as chalk grassland.
We look after nature reserves
We look after 86 nature reserves spanning more than 2,500 hectares. Our nature reserves are central to our work to secure a better future for wildlife.
We create Living Landscapes
We work with other landowners to create Living Landscapes for the benefit of wildlife and people. Large-scale projects bring large-scale benefits for wildlife.
We provide wildlife advice
We offer advice to individuals, planners, developers and landowners about how to protect and enhance gardens and habitats for wildlife.
We campaign for wildlife
We run campaigns to save precious habitats and vulnerable species. We work with politicians, planners and members of the public to influence policy and decisions affecting wildlife.
We educate people about wildlife
As a member of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust has made a public Promise to adhere to best practice, honesty, transparency, clarity and accountability in all fundraising activity, enabling you to give with confidence.
We hope that our membership of the FRSB will build trust and confidence in charitable giving and encourage more people to provide essential support for nature conservation. As members of the scheme, we follow the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice and make the following promise;
We are committed to high standards
- We do all we can to ensure that fundraisers, volunteers and fundraising contractors working with us to raise funds comply with the Code and with this Promise
- We comply with the law including those that apply to data protection, health and safety and the environment
We are honest and open
- We tell the truth and do not exaggerate
- We do what we say we are going to do
- We answer all reasonable questions about our fundraising activities and costs.
We are clear
- We are clear about who we are, what we do and how your gift is used
- Where we have a promotional agreement with a commercial company, we make clear how much of the purchase price we receive
- We give a clear explanation of how you can make a gift and amend a regular commitment
We are respectful
- We respect the rights, dignities and privacy of our supporters and beneficiaries
- We will not put undue pressure on you to make a gift and if you do not want to give, or wish to cease giving, we will respect your decision
- If you tell us that you don’t want us to contact you in a particular way we will not do so
We are fair and reasonable
- We take care not to use any images or words that cause unjustifiable distress or offence
- We take care not to cause unreasonable nuisance or disruption
We are accountable
- If you are unhappy with anything we've done whilst fundraising, you can contact us to make a complaint
If you have any concerns about the ways we fundraise, we encourage you to get in touch with your feedback. Please do so by contacting George Murray, Head of Marketing at the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust. If we cannot resolve your complaint, we accept the authority of the FRSB to make a final adjudication.