West Berkshire


Bucklebury Heathland Conservation Group

The Bucklebury Heathland Conservation Group hold regular working parties to restore and conserve the heathland habitat on Bucklebury Common. 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

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.
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

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.


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

Renewal Project

The RENEWAL Community Project is based around the urban stretch of the river Lambourn as it flows through Newbury. The project aims to involve the community in the history and wildlife of the river and carry out practical conservation tasks. There is a busy programme of events for adults and children, as well as an art project for schools and a gardening competition for residents. We are funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and our partners include West Berkshire Council, Natural England, Newbury Town Council and the Environment Agency.
For more information see www.renewalproject.org.uk

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.
Enquiries to the John Simonds Trust on 0118 974 4547 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 now supports 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.
Visit www.sheepdrove.com to find out more about the origins and opportunites at this unique green events venue with accommodation.  

Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

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.

West Berkshire Green Exchange

West Berkshire Green Exchange is an information sharing forum for West Berkshire’s sustainability and climate change groups.  

Website: www.wbge.org.uk/
Contact: Anthony Armitage, e-mail: aarmitage@westberks.gov.uk Tel: 01635 503267