Thursday, 17 January 2008

BBOWT Courses

BBOWT (Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust), ReadingBC, Bracknell Forest BC, and Wokingham BC have teamed up again this year to run our very successful wildlife training courses. The courses are free to residents of Berkshire, and aimed primarily at community groups and interested individuals.

If you would like more information about any of the courses or would like to book a place then please email Lindsay Watts of BBOWT at or send you name address, email address and a £10 returnable deposit cheque to BBOWT to
BBOWT Course Bookings
Oxford, OX4 4BR

The Courses

Birds for beginners
Saturday 19 April 2008, 11am-4pm
Dinton Pastures Country Park (Wokingham District Council), nr Wokingham, Berks
Trainer: Brian Clews (BBOWT)
Cost: This course is free to all but a £10 deposit is required.

Would you like to be able to identify basic species of birds? This course will cover how to identify birds and birdsong with a practical outdoor session in the afternoon. Dinton Pastures Country Park offers a wide range of habitats for birds, from lakes to small woodland areas- so come along and learn something new!

Wild about gardens
Saturday 26 April 2008, 10am-4pm
BBOWT Office, Woolley Firs, nr Maidenhead, Berks
Trainer: Maggie Piggott (BBOWT)
Cost: This course is free to all but a £10 deposit is required.

Wild About Gardens is a joint project between the Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society which aims to get you thinking about gardens as wildlife habitats. You can make a real difference by making sure your garden has the right conditions to make wildlife thrive. This practical course will cover habitats and features for anyone wanting to encourage wildlife in their garden. You will even make a bird box to get you started in your garden!

Wildflower identification and meadow management
Saturday 14 June 2008, 10am-4pm
Sandhurst Community Centre, Sandhurst, Berks
Trainer: Rod D'Ayala
Cost: This course is free to all but a £10 deposit is required.

Wildflower meadows are a very important habitat for many species of insect,
bird and mammal, but unfortunately most meadows have now been lost. This beginners course will cover how to identify common wildflowers and the basics of meadow management. You will also learn what you can do in your own backyard. The afternoon will be spent identifying wildflowers on nearby Shepherd Meadows.

Urban discovery
Saturday 26 July 2008, 10am-3.30pm
Reading City Centre
Trainers: Lesley Dunlop (TVERC) & Tricia Marcouse
(Reading Urban Wildlife Group)

Urban areas aren't all concrete and lacking wildlife! This outdoor, walking tour of central Reading will get you looking at the urban environment in a different way. The day will start with a brief trip to the Museum of Reading, which explores the development of Reading's environment, landscape and wildlife, using geology and natural history specimens. Then, the walking tour will cover the diversity of rocks and
stones that make up buildings in Reading, which come from all over the UK and further afield. The tour will also cover the diversity of urban wildlife around the centre.

Veteran trees
Saturday 16 August 2008, 10am-4pm
Westmorland Park Pavillion, Bracknell, Berks
Trainer: Martin Woolner (BBOWT)
Cost: This course is free to all but a £10 deposit is required.

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