Wildlife | Nature Reserves in Berkshire

What are Nature Reserves?

Why we need them

Nature reserves in Berkshire
when to visit nature reserves
Who does the conservation work?
Local Organisations

Reserve Management


British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV)

BTCV is at the heart of a growing National and International movement of people who care passionately enough about their environment to take practical action to improve it. They offer

  • help and advice for local communities wishing to improve their local environment.
  • Practical nature conservation opportunities,
  • training events,
  • residential "Natural Break" working holidays,
  • project management and consultancy on environmental matters,
  • corporate team building events.


Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)

BBOWT is one of a national network of County Wildlife Trusts. BBOWT represents its members who want to protect wildlife in these three counties. In the last few years, BBONT has saved 16 ancient woodland, 500 acres of prime downland, 24 wetland sites and lakes, 21 old flower meadows, and 125 acres of heathland.Since 1912 The Wildlife Trusts have been speaking out for nature in Britain. The organisation is a network of 46 Wildlife Trusts, 52 Urban Wildlife Groups and Wildlife Watch (their junior branch).Believing that wildlife is essential to a healthy environment for human beings, they work with people from all walks of life - government, industry, landowners, communities and families - to make sure nature gets a chance among all the pressures of the modern world.With years of experience and the services of the UK's top naturalists, The Wildlife Trusts are playing a key part in restoring the balance between new developments and the natural world. Using the specialist skills of our volunteers and staff we manage 2,300 nature reserves ,which are among the finest wildlife sites in Britain.


The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading charity dedicated solely to the protection of our native woodland heritage. By acquiring woodland sites we bring them into care and protection. Many of the woods were previously under threat from development pressure or unsympathetic management.

Woodland Protection Since we were founded in 1972 we have grown to care and protect over 1000 sites covering 17,280 hectares (42,700 acres). This includes nationally and internationally important sites as well as small urban and village woods. Nearly 360 of our sites contain ancient woodland, over 6,200 hectares, of which 70 per cent is semi-natural ancient woodland – land which has never been cleared or replanted by man. We also protect over 110 woodland Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the UK’s finest examples of wildlife habitats.
Woodland creation We have created 2,200 hectares of new native woodland and have a target of creating a total of 3,000 hectares by 2003.Local Support Groups are a new addition to the work of The Woodland Trust. The project that is being piloted in London and the South East is being set up for three main reasons, to:

  • Provide a local focus for members & supporters Help raise their profile
  • Raise money for important work


The Royal Society for the prevention of cruelty to Birds (RSPB)

RSPB nature reserves provide excellent opportunity to watch birds and other wildlife in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. There are over 140 RSPB nature reserves throughout the UK, covering more than 240,000 acresThe RSPB is Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity with over 1,000,000 members. They already have over 9,000 committed volunteers who:

  • play a vital role in protecting ospreys and red kites in the UK help to manage over 150 RSPB nature reserves for wildlife help tens of thousands of people enjoy our wildlife at first hand carry out important scientific research
  • run a network of RSPB local groups for adults and young people across the UK.

There are almost 170 RSPB members' groups throughout the UK for your nearest group visit the rspb website


Nature reserves aren't the only place that you can improve conditions for wildlife. Your garden has many habitats in a small area, and with 16 million of them in the UK many animals and plants can be encouraged to thrive in your back garden.

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