Heathwatch

Scrub removal by Liz Child

This programme is ideal for Berkshire Cub or Scout groups looking to complete the Naturalist or Global Conservation Activity Badge, or the Environment Partnership Award.

Join our Community Wildlife Officer on a free visit to Wildmoor Heath. Take part in one of the following activities:

  • Pine pulling and practical habitat management
  • Minibeast hunting and identification
  • Pond dipping and water quality assessment
  • Simple survey work

BBOWT can also come to one of your meetings to give a talk on heathland habitat.

To find out more and to book a session, contact Dan Akam at berkshireoffice@bbowt.org.uk or 01628 829574 ext. 202. 

Learning to love heathland

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Please join your local wildlife trust today

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Silver-studded blue butterfly by Debbie LewisSilver-studded blue butterfly by Debbie Lewis

Learning to love heathland - Thames Basin Heath education project

We hope that the project will help children to respect and value the special wildlife where they live.

Rhiannon Harrington, Community reserves officer (Berks)

Over many decades we have seen the delicate heathland of east Berkshire, part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area, suffer an onslaught from urban development and overuse. Fly tipping, vandalism and arson are just a few of the challenges that wildlife and conservationists face on a regular basis.

BBOWT is working with Bracknell Forest Council to pilot a heathland education project with six local schools and children’s clubs near Wildmoor Heath.

Our aim

By giving children aged 10–11 opportunities to experience and enjoy heathland wildlife at an early age, we aim to help them understand the importance of conserving and protecting it. 

Our plan

Introductory classroom sessions will be followed by outdoor site visits with hands-on activities, such as survey work.

We are also introducing a Heathwatch initiative, which will enable youth groups from the Scout and Guide movements to earn badges or awards through the completion of heathland-themed activities.

Resources for children

Resources for teachers