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.

Strategic Plan 2016-2021

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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.

 

Annual Review 2015-2016

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Read our Annual Review 2015-16 to find out how BBOWT works in partnership with a wide range of supporters, partners and funders. As a charity, we very much rely on the generosity of people like you to support our work. Our funding comes from a variety of sources including individuals through membership subscriptions, gifts in wills and donations.

We are also supported by community organisations and a wide range of corporate supporters. We are grateful to everyone who makes our work possible. Thank you.

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.

BBOWT has about 100 members of staff, who are guided by a Board of Trustees.

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

We put on education programmes and events that inspire people about wildlife to ensure that as many people as possible appreciate the precious natural resources of our three counties.

Being Accountable

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.

 

Message from Steve Backshall

Steve Backshall introduces the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

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News

  • Two weeks of non-stop wild fun with the Oxford Festival of Nature

    Monday 22nd May, 2017

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  • Help us raise £5,440 to continue the Nature Memories Café!

    Monday 8th May, 2017

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What's on

Nature Tots - Didcot

Thursday 25th May 2017,
9.30am - 11.30am

Venue: Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre

An opportunity for your pre-school little ones to interact with and learn from nature. Come along for an outdoor nature play, games, stories and craft on our wild and wonderful nature reserve. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

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