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About us

Short-eared owl by Ben Hall/2020VISION

Our Wilder Vision.

We have a bold vision of a wilder Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, with more nature everywhere – for everyone – in towns and rural areas.

We all need nature – for clean water, food and fresh air - but nature needs us too. Our mission is to bring about nature’s recovery by inspiring and empowering local people and partners to help bring nature back.

To put nature into recovery, we need 30% of all land in our region properly managed for wildlife by 2030. And that’s good for our climate too.

By working together, we can create bigger, wilder, more connected landscapes across our three counties, so nature and people can thrive.

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The natural beauty of the ancient woodlands among the Chiltern Hills, Oxfordshire’s riverside wildflower meadows, and the amazing blaze of colour on the Berkshire heathlands is our heritage. It’s our responsibility to protect it and help nature’s recovery by supporting the Wildlife Trust.
Steve Backshall MBE
President of BBOWT, naturalist, television presenter, writer

How we work

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working for wildlife across the UK.

Using a science-led approach, we protect and restore natural habitats, which are home to some of our most precious wildlife. We work to promote natural solutions to the climate crisis – such as restoring floodplain meadows to tackle flooding and capture carbon.

Thanks to our generous supporters, our team of 150 staff look after 86 nature reserves and four education centres, run hundreds of inspiring events, and campaign to make nature’s recovery a reality.

We are lucky to have an army of more than 1,700 fantastic volunteers to help us do this.

We also work alongside and in partnership with local landowners, councils, organisations and communities, to encourage them to take action that benefits nature too.

Read our Annual Review

Read our Annual Report and Accounts

More about us

BBOWT has been a champion for local wildlife since 1959. More than 60 years on, with nature and climate in crisis, our vital work is more important than ever.

The Trust has over 50,000 members – the highest number in our history. If we all work together, our future can be wilder.

Sydlings Copse

Sydlings Copse by Andy Fairbairn

Nature reserves and the wider countryside

We have a history and a future

Our new Nature Recovery Network shows how we will bring nature back – by creating a wilder, more connected landscape right across our three counties, far beyond the boundaries of our 86 nature reserves. 

Explore our Nature Recovery Network

Explore our nature reserves

Water vole in river with reeds

Water vole by Terry Whittaker/2020VISION

Wildlife conservation

We bring wildlife back

We restore and create vital wild spaces for a huge range of wonderful wildlife, including rare birds, and butterflies, mammals and reptiles. 

Started in 1998, our water vole recovery project is the longest-running scheme of its kind in the country. We restore freshwater habitats and monitor populations to track their progress

Water vole recovery project

Badger vaccination project

Children hunting for insects with a magnifier

Children hunt for insects with a magnifier as part of The Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild challenge in June. Credit Matthew Roberts.

Events and education

We inspire people about nature

Our wild events and education sessions help connect people of all ages with the wildlife on their doorsteps. This can spark a lifelong love of nature, so people care for wildlife on their patch.

We inspire local communities to value a healthy natural world for their wellbeing and empower them to tackle the nature and climate crisis.

Explore our events

Find out about our education programmes

badger vaccination

Badger vaccination by Tom Marshall

Campaigning for wildlife

We give wildlife a voice

We champion the natural world through our advocacy and planning work, and our campaigns. We help put nature at the heart of all key decisions in our region, by speaking to our local MPs and councillors and empower others to do the same.

Get involved with our campaigns

Our planning advice

Hedgehog in autumn leaves

Hedgehog by Tom Marshall

Working with communities

We work with you

Local communities are at the heart of everything we do. Volunteers, partners, community groups, schools, businesses, councils and landowners are all key to achieving our wilder vision.

Our Hedgerow Havens project

Our Wild Verges project

Together we can bring nature back to Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and put wildlife at the heart of all of our lives – good for nature, for people and for climate.

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Highlights from our year, 2020-21

Read our latest blogs

News about our work

Join in with our work

As a voluntary organisation, we rely on the support of our members and volunteers to help us protect wildlife in our area. Find out how you can join in.

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Jobs

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Surveying by Matthew Roberts

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Kingfisher by Margaret Holland

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Being accountable

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. We have made a public Promise to adhere to best practice, honesty, transparency, clarity and accountability in all fundraising activity, enabling you to give with confidence.

If you have any concerns about the way 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 and Oxon Wildlife Trust. Read our Complaints Procedure here. If we cannot resolve your complaint, we accept the authority of the the Fundraising Regulator to make a final adjudication.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our work or would like to support our wilder vision, please get in touch.

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