BBO Wildlife Trust
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 richer in wildlife.
We look after nature reserves
We look after 88 nature reserves spanning more than 2,500 hectares across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Our nature reserves act like 'reservoirs' from which wildlife can spread back in the wider countryside and are central to our work to secure a better future for wildlife. Read our conservation report to find out how we make a difference.
We run wildlife events
Our programme of exciting events includes family activities, wildlife walks and illustrated talks. Reserve work parties give you the opportunity to get hands-on experience of nature conservation.
We campaign for wildlife
We run campaigns to save precious habitats and vulnerable species. We lobby decision makers and aim to influence local plans and policies that affect wildlife by working with politicians, planners and members of the public
We work with other landowners
We encourage farmers, local authorities, private landowners and businesses to manage their land in a wildlife-friendly way. We offer advice and help to people managing local wildlife sites.
We educate children about wildlife
We run environmental education centres catering to thousands of schoolchildren each year. We offer training for teachers and schools to help them teach their pupils about wildlife.
We train conservationists
We run training programmes to ensure that the next generation of conservationists have the skills and experience they need to improve habitats and outlooks for wildlife.
We provide wildlife advice
We offer information and advice about wildlife to help individuals, planners, developers and landowners protect and enhance habitats for wildlife. We champion wildlife gardening at our centres, through our training events and right here on our website. Find out more about wildlife sites along or near the Thames
4 miles north-west of
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A hidden wildlife gem nestling in the Chilterns hills, rich in wildlife that will lift your spirits whatever the season.
The last mile of lane from Bix to Warburg Nature Reserve is in very poor condition and due to be patched. Please consider walking to the reserve from Maidensgrove or Nettlebed, using the Henley Wild Walk leaflet. Opening Times: Reserve open at all times Toilets: open at all times Interpretation Centre open daily 9am - 5pm (There is no cafe at this centre)
7 miles north-west of Reading
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Parking: Please do not park on verges and in gateways on Gatehampton Road leading to Hartslock nature reserve. Park at Goring & Streatley railway station and walk along Gatehampton Road towards Upper Gatehampton Farm. At left hand bend before the hill, take track on right to the reserve. Or park in Goring village and walk along Thames Path 1.5 miles, then take path to the left, up steep slope into the reserve.
Enjoy magnificent views of the winding River Thames and sloping chalk grassland full of national rarities.
Explore the reserve and surrounding area with our Goring WIld Walk. Starting in Goring, this 8km circular walk takes in Hartslock nature reserve and a section of the Thames Path. OS Explorer Map 171, 1:25,000 scale, covers the route of this walk.
Opening Times Open at all times. No parking on site or in the road leading to the reserve.
- Chimney Meadows
9 miles west of Abingdon
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An ancient landscape and a vital refuge for wading birds, Chimney Meadows is the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust's largest nature reserve in Oxfordshire and its fields are part of an ancient landscape, created by the Thames and shaped by centuries of farming.
Wonderful wetland vista
The large hide overlooking our wetland area provides views of feeding cormorant, little egret and kingfisher. At the smaller hide, which overlooks our northern pond, you can see little grebe, jay and long-tailed tit.
Opening Times: Open at all times
- Hurley Chalk Pit
2.5 miles east of Henley-on-Thames
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Parking: On A4130 2.5 miles east of Henley, park in lay-by 100m west of Black Boy pub; take the bridleway opposite pub for 0.5 miles.
A sliver of beech woodland and chalk grassland, Hurley Chalk Pit is visited by 15 species of butterfly and home to wild orchids. Opening Times: Open at all times
- Iffley Meadows
1.5 miles south of city centre
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Parking: Take A4144 (Abingdon Road) from Oxford centre or ring road; turn at B4495 (Donnington Bridge Road); park in Meadow Lane on right after bridge; cross back over bridge, take ramp down to towpath, reserve is on right.
The sight of thousands of purple and white chequered snake's-head fritillaries at these ancient wet meadows will take your breath away.
Open all year
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Fun on the River Thames doesn't always have to cost you. There are plenty of free ways to have a cheap day out with the kids on the River Thames. Take a stroll, get on your bike, catch a fish or play Pooh Sticks...
There really is so much to do on the river and nearby, that a day is not long enough. There are plenty of family-friendly places to stay nearby or on the river. Make your base at one of our family friendly hotels and you can discover history or enjoy a spot of camping...
Don’t forget there are endless ideas for adventure on the river. Check out our ideas for Great Family Days Out. The simplest way to explore the river is a rowing boat For a rainy day visit one of the Thames Valley Museums.