Enjoy the Outside with BBOWT
This May, the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust have a series of activities and events planned for people and families to enjoy.
Saturday 5 May 10am-12noon Letcombe Regis, Oxon
BIRD IDENTIFICATION WALK
An opportunity to observe some of the birds of Letcombe Valley Community Nature Reserve and to find out about them in the company of local expert Ian Taylor. Warm clothes, binoculars and sensible shoes recommended. 3 miles on gentle terrain with some uneven ground and wooden steps. Admission: Donations welcome. Children welcome. No dogs please. Meet: Letcombe Regis Village Hall. Contact: Michael Bailey 01235 769194 email@example.com.
Saturday 12 May 9am-12.30pm Oxford, Oxon
BBOWT UPPER THAMES REGION ANNUAL PLANT SALE
A sale of plants for your garden, allotment and house. In Seacourt Hall you can obtain guidance on gardening for wildlife and composting. Table top sale and refreshments also available. All proceeds go to the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. Admission: Free. Children welcome. Wheelchair access. Meet: Westway Shopping Centre and Seacourt Hall, Botley. OX2 0JE. Contact: Ros Grigson 01865 390540 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 13 May 2.30-4pm nr Charlbury, Oxon
FAMILY FUN - MEET THE NEWTS
Come along to Blenheim Farm Community Nature Reserve for an afternoon of wildlife discovery in the underwater world of Blenheim Farm pond. Dip into the pond with the help of pond ecologist, Rod d’Ayala, and help to record all the species that have made this habitat their home. Wear sensible footwear for walk to reserve. Admission: donations welcome. Children welcome. No dogs please. Meet: Blenheim Farm Community Nature Reserve by pond. Park in lay-by on B4022, on the hill off the Slade. Take footpath beside Blenheim Farm House for ½ mile to reach nature reserve. Contact: Helen d’Ayala 01865 775476 x217 email@example.com.
Saturday 19 May 10am - 4pm nr Henley-on-Thames, Oxon
Martin Harvey, Invertebrate Ecologist leads this introduction to butterfly ecology, identification and natural history. We will use a mix of indoor activities, presentations plus a field session to explore this topic. Information will be provided on the 40+ butterflies found in Berks Bucks and Oxon. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Admission: £30 (BBOWT volunteers free). Children 10yrs+ welcome. No dogs please. Meet: The Barn at Warburg RG9 6BL. Contact: Volunteering Office 01865 775476 firstname.lastname@example.org. 10yrs+
Saturday 26 May 10am-1pm nr Didcot, Oxon
GROW WILD IN YOUR GARDEN
Are you interested in learning more about wildlife gardening? Come and see our beautiful wildlife garden and discover ways you can help wildlife in your own backyard. There will be talks and information for adult visitors as well as activities for children. Closing date for booking: Monday 14 May. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Admission: £3 donation. Children welcome. Wheelchair access. No dogs please. Meet: Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre OX14 4TE. Contact: Rachel Strachan 01235 862024 email@example.com.
Saturday 26 May 2.30-4.30pm Didcot, Oxon
WALK - FLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES AT ASTON UPTHORPE DOWNS
A walk to explore this beautiful chalk grassland. If the sun shines, we may see grizzled and dingy skippers as well as small blue and small heath butterflies. Distance 2 miles on uneven ground. No stiles. Could be muddy in places. Admission: Free. Children welcome. No dogs please. Meet: Aston Upthorpe Downs, park at the grain store at the far end of the lane which runs southwards from the A417 near Aston Tirrold. Contact: Martin Sell 01189 471170.
Saturday 26 May 10am-1pm Henley-on-Thames, Oxon
DYS: CONSERVATION GRAZING
Louise King, Conservation Grazing Officer, leads this workshop which gives an introduction to why we have grazing animals. Find out the important role of livestock in our conservation management. There will be a short walk to meet the livestock. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Admission: £30 (BBOWT volunteers free). Children 10yrs+ welcome. Wheelchair users please contact organiser. No dogs please. Meet: The barn, Warburg Nature Reserve. RG9 6BL. Contact: Volunteering Office 01865 775476 firstname.lastname@example.org. (contact organiser) 10yrs+
Saturday 26 May 2-4pm nr Bampton, Oxon
GUIDED WALK AT CHIMNEY MEADOWS
Join us for a gentle stroll around Chimney Meadows nature reserve to explore the newly created meadows and enjoy their wildflowers. Max. distance 4km, no hills or stiles but there may be mud and uneven terrain. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Admission: Free. Children welcome. Wheelchair users please contact organiser. No dogs please. Meet: The public car park on your left as you enter Chimney Meadows nature reserve. OX18 2EH. Contact: Andy Fairbairn 01367 870904 email@example.com. Contact organiser
Thursday 31 May 9.30-11.30am nr Didcot, Oxon
A great new opportunity for your little ones to interact with and learn from nature. Come along for outdoor nature play, games, stories and craft on our wild and wonderful nature reserve. Please dress for the weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tea, biscuits and mud provided. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Admission: £2.50 per family. Children welcome. Wheelchair access. No dogs please. Meet: Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre OX14 4TE. Contact: Christine Donaldson 01235 862024 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about these events, visit their website http://www.bbowt.org.uk/whats-on