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The network of community groups committed to the care of the environment, greener living and development of the local economy in Berkshire
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Bucklebury Heathland Conservation

Bucklebury Heathland Conservation is a group within the West Berkshire Countryside Society.
The Bucklebury Heathland Conservation Group hold regular working parties to restore and conserve the heathland habitat on Bucklebury Common. Over the past winter volunteers have enabled a large area of birch scrub to be cleared which will be monitored for future heather regeneration.
Berkshire's remaining heathlands are just 2% of what they were in 1761 and Bucklebury Common forms an important part of what remains. Some of the Biodiversity target species which we hope to help are the nightjar, sand lizard, woodlark, silver-studded blue butterfly, marsh clubmoss and large bumble bee.
Volunteers are needed for the new season which starts in September - tools and training are provided, all skills and none catered for.
For more information e-mail: enquiries@westberkscountryside.org.uk
Visit www.westberkscountryside.org.uk


Elm Farm Research Centre

Elm Farm Research Centre is an international research, advisory and educational organisation based in the village of Hamstead Marshall near Newbury. The business of Elm Farm Research Centre is to change agricultural practice and policy to bring about a greater uptake of organic farming as a way of contributing towards sustainability in farming and land use in the UK and internationally. Elm Farm welcomes visitors on Open Days and at special events. School visits can also be arranged.
Further info on opening times, courses and events visit website www.efrc.com


Five-a-Day Market Garden

We are a not-for-profit gardening and environmental art project situated in Englefield. We grow fruit and veg for sale in the community shop.
Contact: Pam Goddard 07939 676050, e-mail: pam@fiveaday.org.uk
More about what we do at www.fiveaday.org.uk


Goring and Streatley Environmental Group

Goring and Streatley Environmental Group are small but active. In the past year they have carried out surveys of hedgerows and field boundaries and other features of the natural environment and planted a 400 metre hedge along a lane.
They recently purchased a meadow with grant funding from Thames Water and the landfill tax which will be managed in partnership with the Local Wildlife Trust and Environment Agency.  Contact the Secretary, Kay Baker on 01491 872169 or the Chairman, Brian Baldwin on 01491 872797.


Greenham and Crookham Conservation Volunteers

Voluntary conservation work on Greenham and Crookham Commons near Newbury, West Berkshire. Much of the site is the former Greenham Common Airbase, famous for cruise missiles and peace protesters, but a parish boundary runs right across the area so it is actually two adjacent commons, hence our name. The commons are now owned by West Berkshire Council, and we work with the site Ranger.
We meet at 10 am on the third Sunday of each month and usually work until about 4 pm, but there is absolutely no obligation to stay all day. Much of the work is the good ol' favourite: tree and scrub-bashing to prevent the heathland reverting to woodland, but we do a range of other tasks too.
See our website www.gccv.org.uk for more detail including information about Greenham Common, dates, directions etc.


Hungerford Environmental Action Team

The aim of HEAT is to reduce the impact of the Hungerford area on climate change through meeting targets for the reduction of CO¬≤ emissions, specifically reduction of 50% by 2016.
HEAT pursues an inclusive partnership with community groups, forums and markets, schools and businesses. Visit us at the monthly Hungerford Farmers' Market where we have a stall or join us on one of our guided walks.
Further information at www.hungerford.uk.net/HEAT


Hungerford Farmers' Market

Hungerford Farmers' Market takes place from 10 am - 2 pm on the fourth Sunday in the month in the High Street.
For further information visit www.tvfm.org.uk


Pangbourne and Whitchurch Sustainability Group

The Pangbourne and Whitchurch Sustainability Group (PAWS) was founded in 2010. It is a not-for-profit community organisation with the aim:
To promote and encourage the development of a sustainable local community.
PAWS draws together the communities of Pangbourne and Whitchurch to work towards a common purpose. It is independent of, but supported by, both parish councils.
More information at: www.pawsg.com


Rushall Manor Farm

Situated in the heart of the Pang Valley, Rushall Manor Farm is the home of the John Simonds Trust, an educational charity with a desire to promote a love and understanding of farming and the countryside. In partnership with the Pang Valley Countryside Project, the Trust welcomes around 6,000 children a year to the farm and other sites in the Valley.
Rushall Manor Farm enables visitors to compare new with old by exploring the old agricultural techniques alongside a modern largescale lambing and grain processing operation. Throughout the year the site is used extensively for a large range of activities by youth groups, churches, scouts and parents.
The working farm has an outstanding reputation for conservation, maintaining 100 acres of woodland alongside the 800 acres farmed. This mixed farm of sheep, cattle and cereals is in the process of conversion to organic methods of production and seeks to maintain a high standard of care for wildlife and the environment.
The dedicated team of staff offer children hands-on experience of the countryside with activities carefully tailored to the particular needs of visitors. Enquiries to the John Simonds Trust on 0118 974 4547 or e-mail JST@rushallfarm.org.uk or visit www.rushallfarm.org.uk/


Sheepdrove Organic Farm

Sheepdrove organic farm covers 1850 acres of chalk grassland and arable farmland on the Berkshire downs near Lambourn. It is a traditional mixed farm with sheep, beef, poultry and mixed cereals, a member of the Soil Association's Organic Farms Network. The farm has recreated a vast area of chalk downland on former arable land which now holds a wide range of grass and wildflower species whilst its resident birds of prey include barn owl, tawny owl, little owl and kestrel. Other wildlife at home on the farm are skylark, lapwing, curlew, brown hare and badger.
Sheepdrove Farm runs an interesting composting project which recycles local waste. 25 tonnes of manure a day created by nearby racehorses on Lambourn Down, large amounts of coffee grounds from a local chocolate factory and left-over green waste from Sainsbury's is turned into top quality compost for use in organic production.
Sheepdrove's eco-conference centre offers state-of-the-art facilities for hire in a wonderful setting overlooking the downs.
Groups and parties visiting the farm are welcome but must be by prior arrangement. Contact: Farm Manager on 01488 71659 or by e-mail or visit www.sheepdrove.com


Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

Now under management by BBOWT, the local Wildlife Trust, Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre offers a year round programme of events, workshops, special exhibitions, walks and talks for children, families and adults. The eco-designed Centre is situated off Lower Way on the northern side of Thatcham Lake close to Thatcham Reed Beds Local Nature Reserve and is a partnership between West Berkshire Council, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and English Nature. Opening hours and events information see Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre
The area is of outstanding importance for nature conservation, with the reed beds representing one of the largest stands of inland reeds remaining in the country. The area is home to a variety of birdlife including large breeding populations of Reed and Sedge Warblers. Many rare insects can be found at the Reserve, including the spectacular day flying Scarlet Tiger Moth.


Theale Area Bird Conservation Group

Theale Area Bird Conservation Group meets for weekly work parties to enhance and actively manage wetland habitats around the Theale Gravel Pits. They also run a local bird information line and undertake census work.
Indoor meetings are held in the winter months and there is a monthly newsletter for members.
Contact: Brian Uttley, Group Leader, tel: 0118 941 5792 or Cathy McEwan, Group Secretary at e-mail: CATHERINE@cmcewan.fsnet.co.uk


West Berkshire Green Exchange

West Berkshire Green Exchange is an information sharing forum for West Berkshire's sustainability and greening groups.  
Website: www.wbge.org.uk/
Contact: Anthony Armitage, e-mail: aarmitage@westberks.gov.uk Tel: 01635 503267


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