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

Conservation Volunteering

The Berks Nature Partnership is made up of wildlife charities, local and national authorities and businesses working together to maintain and enhance Berkshire's natural and historic heritage. Full information at

Also visit the informative Wild Berks website for a fuller picture of wildlife and diverse habitats to be found around Berkshire.

Berkshire Conservation Volunteers (BeC) carry out practical conservation tasks for local wildlife trusts and local councils on Sundays. Meeting point for transport is Reading Station but advance booking is required.
Contact Neil Frankum, Membership Secretary at or tel 0118 975 1528
Further information at

Berkshire Heathlands Project
We have lost over 90% of heathland in Berkshire during the last 200 years. These once extensive heathlands which made up a substantial part of the county have been reduced through ploughing, "improvement", development and neglect to around 40 fragmented and small sites, many still at risk. Despite this dramatic loss, the counties of Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and Dorset account for 28% of the world's heathlands. Heathlands are relict landscapes which can still inspire a feeling of wilderness so rare today. Some areas of Berkshire heathland are being restored and managed for future generations.
In 1997, through a partnership of the Greenham Community Trust and the then Newbury District Council (now West Berkshire Council), the open area of the former Greenham airbase was acquired for public use and enjoyment. This area is part of Greenham and Crookham Commons and is a nationally important Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) containing rare and fragile heathland habitat. The Commons are the largest single block of lowland heath in Berkshire and the Council's 1,200 acre site offers an outstanding opportunity for local people to enjoy a vast open area.
To get involved contact: Greenham & Crookham Conservation Volunteers at

Bisham Barn Owl Group
The Bisham Barn Owl Group was established in 2014. We are a group of volunteers who run a nest box project primarily for Barn Owls, but also for Tawny Owls, Little Owls and Kestrels in the local area around Bisham. Our activities span the area around Maidenhead between Windsor and Reading. Full details about the group and our activities can be found on our website:
Contact: Paul Warham,  tel: 01628-890972

Bracknell Conservation Volunteers
Adult group who meet regularly to undertake various tasks -

The Conservation Volunteers (formerly British Trust for Conservation Volunteers)
TCV organises workshops, training days and conservation working parties throughout Berkshire. A popular activity is the Green Gym programme especially aimed at the over fifties.  Tel: 0118 956 8959. National website at

Burnham Beeches
Famous for its ancient, pollarded beech trees Burnham Beeches has been owned and managed by the Corporation of London since 1880. On the doorstep of Slough the 500 acres of woodland and common land are protected by Act of Parliament as a public open space "for the enjoyment of Londoners" and is a unique example of ancient managed woodland. Regular tasks are organised throughout the year with local groups.
If you would like to join one contact the Head Keeper, Burnham Beeches Office, Hawthorn Lane, Farnham Common, Slough SL2 3TE, tel 01753 647358 or e-mail  More info here

Dorothy Morley Conservation Awards
Set up in memory of Dorothy Morley, who lived in West Berkshire and was a strong campaigner on rural issues, this biennial award is run jointly by BBOWT, the Local Wildlife Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England. It aims to recognise projects that have made positive improvements for local wildlife and the community.
Email: Tel: 01628 829 574

Hedge and Woodland Conservationists
Coppicing and hedgelaying work in the Bracknell, Woodley & Wokingham area.  Visit the HAWC website at:

Maidenhead Groups
Maidenhead and Cookham Commons 

Oaken Grove Wildlife Initiative -  Our aim is to connect people who care about the wildlife in Oaken Grove Park, Maidenhead and look at ways in which we can help maintain and improve bio-diversity in the park and nearby areas. 
Contact Rachel Cook 07500 371527 or via facebook Eco @ Oaken

National Trust
National Trust volunteers help with local conservation work. Contact:
Reading National Trust Volunteers - e-mail Sean, Membership Secretary at, tel 0118 935 3017. Website
NT volunteers have also been helping with important conservation and restoration work on the Runnymede and Ankerwycke estates on the Thames near Wraysbury. Contact Colin Birch on 01784 432891.

Tree Wardens
Tree wardens are trained volunteers who help in the planting, monitoring and management of trees in their local areas.  Active in the Royal Borough, e-mail  or contact the Tree Team on 01628 796134 or 01628 683800.

Training days are also organised by the Tree Council which operates the scheme in the Reading, Windsor & Maidenhead and Wokingham areas.

Wild SL6
A group set up in 2020 by young people for young people to engage in local conservation projects.   Visit Wild SL6 for further information.

Wildlife Trust
The Local Wildlife Trust, Berkshire Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire own, lease or manage 88 nature reserves throughout the three counties. The Trust offers many opportunities for people to get involved directly in conservation work by joining one of over a dozen work parties. Volunteers are also needed for wardening, fund-raising and helping at special events including the annual sponsored walk.

A comprehensive programme of walks, talks visits and workshops is open to all.  To find out what's on visit

Wildlife Watch is the organisation for children and we run a number of Wildlife Watch groups at centres in Berkshire.  Contact the Community Conservation Officer at The Local Wildlife Trust, Berkshire Office, Woolley Firs, Cherry Garden Lane, Maidenhead. Tel: 01628 829574.  Website:

Wildlife Watch Groups
Earley Wildlife WATCH (Junior Rangers Group) - runs on the First Sunday of every month from 10 am to 12 noon. Parents will need to fill out a consent form on the childs first visit. Please bring waterprrof clothing or sun cream according to weather forecast!
A range of practical and fun activities on an environmental theme for children aged 8-12 years old. Younger children may also attend, but must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the new interpretation centre in Istow Road, Earley.
For more information contact Helen Bowden at Earley Town Council 0118 986 8995
Maidenhead Wildlife WATCH - Contact Braywick Nature Centre 01628 777440 for further details.
Reading Wildlife WATCH - Environment Centre, Prospect Park. Contact Sarah Moore to find out more on 07712 669270 .

Oaken Grove Wildlife Initiative, Maidenhead
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