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

Nature Conservation and Wildlife Rescue

Amphibians & Reptiles
Berkshire Reptile and Amphibian Group (BRAG) aims to help prevent the continuing decline of Berkshire's amphibians and reptiles, together with their habitats by recording and monitoring amphibian and reptile populations around the county, safeguarding important sites and providing advice and information. Email:
All communication is via the Yahoo site:

Binfield Badger Group. Befriend a badger (watch from a hide). Monitoring and care of Berkshire's badger community. Check out your local badgers now at PO Box 3805, Binfield RG42 1HH Tel 0709 2234377 (0709 BADGERS) or e-mail

Berkshire and South Bucks Bat Group works to conserve bats and their habitats in Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.  
For information and to see our events please visit
Contact Katie Anderson at e-mail:
Castle Veterinary Surgery, 1 Tilehurst Road, Reading RG1 7TW Tel 0118 957 4488 will attend injured bats.
The Local Wildlife Trust have a Bats project. Tel 01865 775476
See also Sheepdrove Organic Farm Bat Project with Lambourn School

Barn Owl Conservation Network Advises farmers, landowners and planners on creation of barn owl friendly habitat and artifical nest sites. National number 0845 051 0344 to find out your closest adviser contact Jason Ball, E-mail:, Phone: 07719 225965 Website:
Bisham Barn Owl Group offer advice and monitor barn owls. Contact: Paul Warham, tel: 01628-890972 or visit 
Corvid Dawn wild bird rescue, mainly corvids.
Mrs Wren runs a small private rescue centre at 30 Martins Lane, Bracknell RG12 9EN Tel 01344 422721.
Feedback received 30.1.13: "We found a sick bird in our courtyard in Wargrave. I phoned several places, including a vet, an animal welfare centre and a wildlife charity. No-one from any of these organisations would offer practical help. When I phoned Mrs Wren, she didn't hesitate and told me to take the bird to her. We did this and she is now caring for it. Thank you Mrs Wren!! We wish other animal 'caring' organisations were as good as you!"
Penwood Wildlife takes in birds of prey. Veronica & Marlyn Williamson, The Kopje, 77 Panwood Heights, Burghclere, Newbury RG15 9EZ Tel 01635 253139
Owl & Raptor Rescue tel: 0870 241 0609. Website:
The Local Wildlife Trust at 01865 775476

Butterfly Conservation, Upper Thames Branch. Graham Hawker, 2 Block Cottages, Padworth Common, Reading 0118 970 0144 Surveys, advice and campaign work.

Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG)
The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) is able to offer farmers, smallholders and all land managers detailed advice on conservation and land-management. From general guidance through to detailed species and habitat management. See
Contact: James Warne, e-mail: Tel: 01993 886565

Advice on care:  Locally try Pine Vets in Maidenhead or Hope for Hedgehogs in Ascot, tel 07979 755211 or email: 
For advice on what to do in an emergency contact the Wildlife Hospital  or Berkshire's Hedgehog Hospital
Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue treats and cares for sick wildlife and rehabilitates to release back into the wild. They have accommodation for various wildlife but specialise in Hedgehogs, Otters, Badgers and Foxes. Based in Camberley, Surrey they regularly cover much of Hampshire and Berkshire. They also give talks in school and to children's groups to aid in Wildlife education for the young. Tel: 01276 676295 More info at
Learn more about the Burchetts Green and Hurley hedgehog group -

Berkshire Mammal Group  To become involved and find out more visit website:

Nature Reserves
BBOWT, the local Wildlife Trust own and look after 88 nature reserves throughout the three counties of Berks, Bucks & Oxon.  The flagship reserve in Berkshire is the Nature Discovery Centre at Thatcham.   To find out where they are visit

RSPB Volunteer & Farmer Alliance
The RSPB Volunteer and Farmer Alliance aims to help the many farmers who want to consider the needs of wildlife on their farms at the same time as running a profitable business. Five farms in Berkshire presently participate in the scheme.
We carry out, free of charge, a confidential bird survey undertaken by trained RSPB volunteers. Along with an accurate picture of the birds using your land, the scheme provides the farmer with access to advice on how to farm with wildlife in mind.
If you are a farmer and would like to take part in the scheme, or would just like more information, please contact Adrian Thomas at RSPB, Central England Office, 46 The Green, South Bar, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 9AB Tel: 01295 253330 E-mail

Sick or Injured Animals
The website is a great first port-of-call to answer queries about what to do if you find a sick or injured bird or animal. It lists help available at wildlife rescue centres in your local area and nationally.

Swan Lifeline, Cuckoo Weir Island, South Meadow Lane, Eton SL4 6SS Tel 01753 859397 rescue sick and injured swans. Tim Heron founder. Volunteers always needed. See

Wise up to a wolf. Wolves are alive and well in Berkshire! The UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Butlers Farm, Beenham, Reading RG7 5NT Tel 0118 971 3330 works for a better deal for European wolves in the wild through education and close encounters. Volunteers get to know the individual wolves and take them for walks in the local woods.

British Hen Welfare Trust rescue and rehome ex-commercial hens.  To register and learn more go to

Animal Rescue Group, Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue, mainly domestic. visit
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