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Berkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust Chilterns Group

Do you know about the work of BBOWT, our local Wildlife Trust? It’s easy to get out into our wonderful countryside and understand it more in a small group of like minded people and the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust offers just that.


Winter visiting hours will apply at the College Lake Reserve from Tuesday 31 October: open daily (except Mondays) from 10am, last entry at 3pm, gates closing at 4pm. 


In November 2021  a new Trust initiative called Team Wilder was launched. This is BBOWT’s vision for community involvement in the spirit of the times aiming at more nature everywhere.

Events for adults and children will be posted online at as they become possible but all local nature reserves are freely available now so do go out and enjoy them at their best at any time. 

Volunteer groups work closely with the staff of BBOWT (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust), based at College Lake near Tring, to involve local volunteers in conservation, wildlife events and helping at the Visitor Centre. You do not need to be a member of the Trust to join us – if you’d like to spend some time with people who care about wildlife just get in touch. It’s a great way to meet people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, to pick up new ideas and skills, to see fresh places and to have fun in the process.We have a year-round programme of events, work parties and social occasions for you to enjoy broadly in the Aylesbury to Amersham area – for details see or click here for local contact information.

Meanwhile out on the reserves, we expect to maintain our programme of work parties within some Covid restrictions. Details of contacts are on www.bbowt/volunteering. College Lake Reserve is open every day except Monday from 9.30 till 4 pm with the café serving for sheltered outdoor consumption.  

BBOWT Chilterns Group Contacts

General enquiries:
Mick Jones      01296 720623
Belinda Catton
Wendover Contact:
Richard Birch   
01296 624511

Local reserves open all year:

Aston Clinton Ragpits
A grassy former quarry. Visit in June and July for orchids and butterflies. Car parking location: map ref. SP 887107.
Volunteer Warden: Phil Townsend 01923 353410,

Bacombe Hill:
Beautiful views from chalk grassland and woods on the path up to Coombe Hill. Car parking location: Wendover Library
Volunteer Warden: Steve Keene 07544 576854,

College Lake
A wetland reserve with a 1.5 mile wildlife walk and visitor centre to enjoy at any time of the year.
Car park location HP23 5QG. College Lake Office.
Visitor Centre

Signposted walks take you through woods and chalk grassland grazed by sheep, cattle and ponies. Visit at any time but take care on steep slopes. Car park location: HP23 6LB. Volunteer Warden: Mick Jones 07818 624092, Twitter: @MickJones9

Weston Turville Reservoir
A large reed-fringed lake with a bird hide, fens and woodland. Circular path 1.5 miles. Car parking location: lay-by in Worlds End Lane, map ref SP 857096.
Warden: Stacey Hewitt 01442 826774,


If you’d like to try your hand at some conservation work at a particular reserve, please contact name of person attached to that reserve – no previous experience is needed.

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