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Wildlife News December 2012

Wildlife News December 2012

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An extract from the membership magazine of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (circulation 52,000). Edited by Rachel Hudson.
An extract from the membership magazine of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (circulation 52,000). Edited by Rachel Hudson.

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WINTERWILDLIFEWALKSnear you
In this issue ...
 How to help garden birds
 Wonderful ponds
 BBOWTs green apprentices
 
Hugh Mellor CBE, steps down as BBOWT chairman after many years of service. Hugh haschampioned both local wildlife and the need to inspire the next generation.
Comment
December
, at the tail end of the year, is always a good timefor reflection as well as thinking about the challenges andopportunities of the year ahead. This month also marks the end of an era for BBOWT as ourchairman, Hugh Mellor CBE, retires after serving for 15 yearson the Board and for 10 years as Chairman. As a ‘rookie’ Chief Executive taking up the role in 2003, I could not have beenmore fortunate than to have had such an experienced and benevolent chairman andHugh has certainly guided me through many obstacles and challenges over the lastdecade. In particular we both shared a determination to improve the reach of ourenvironmental education work and as a result we now have centres at College Lake inBucks, Sutton Courtenay in Oxon and Woolley Firs in Berks. But Hugh’s thinking hasgone beyond just engaging with schoolchildren and families. He has always placed apriority on those children who are more familiar with the feel of concrete than grassbeneath their feet – who have not had the advantage of easy access to nature and whostand to gain the most from the experiences we can offer of getting close to nature. Thathas resulted in our travel bursary scheme piloted in Berkshire this year, which we plan toroll out to other counties over the coming years.Hugh has provided the Trust with vision and ambition and it has been an enormouspleasure and privilege to work with him. Fortunately the Board has found a newchairman, Sir Clive Booth, to take on the mantle. These are difficult economic times, butClive, who has been a member since 1990, is already working with staff to make sure wecan continue to raise the money we need to support our nature reserves and oureducation programmes, and enable us to tackle new sites that could and should besafeguarded for their wildlife value.It is only through the continued support of our members that we can protect localwildlife. Your monthly membership subscription is vital in these tough times. So many,many thanks and please do continue to support our work in 2013.Wishing you a very happy New Year.
Philippa Lyons, Chief Executive
2Wildlife news
Wildlife News
 
 
December
2012
Contents
3
Nature reserve and project news
6
Seasonal highlights
winter wildlife walks
8
Conservation in action
wonderful ponds
13
Quick guide to lichens
14
The future’s bright, the future’s GREEN
16
Hot topics: ash dieback, badgervaccinations, HS2 latest
18
National news: around The Wildlife Trusts
22
10 great places to see otters
24
Sign up a new member and win wildlifepocket guides
Copy date for next issue:
Tuesday 5 February 2013
.We welcome your views and news; please send to theeditor using our main office address below.© Copyright Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust 2012Editor: Rachel Hudson
Contributors: Dan Akam, Adriana Alberts, Peter Creed,Emily Gould, Rachel Hudson, Lynn Hughes, Matt Jackson,Philippa Lyons, Jamie Scott, Giles Strother, Wendy Tobitt,Rachel Thorp, Elene Walton, Colin Williams.Editor of UK content: Rupert Paul
Cover photograph:
Yellowhammer (Mark Hamblin/naturepl.com)
Large-print version of 
Wildlife News
(text only) is available on request.Please tel. 01865 775476 oremail info@bbowt.org.uk 
Designed and produced byThe
Nature
Bureau, Newburywww.naturebureau.co.uk Printed by Information Presson an FSC certified paper.
Contact us:
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, The Lodge,1 Armstrong Road, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4XT
Tel: 01865 775476Email: info@bbowt.org.uk www.bbowt.org.uk MembershipTel: 01865 788300Email: membership@bbowt.org.uk 
President: Steve BackshallChairman: Hugh Mellor CBEChief Executive: Philippa Lyons
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is one of 47 WildlifeTrusts across the country which work to protect wildlife intown and countryside.Registered charity number: 204330
 
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Yellow Plaque for Warburg
BBOWT is one of 10 charities in the UK to be awarded a yellow plaque as partof a new national scheme to recognisethe contribution made by people wholeave gifts to charity in their wills. Theplaque recognises the work of lifelongwildlife enthusiast Vera Paul OBE,whose legacy helps us to maintainWarburg Nature Reserve. The plaquewas unveiled by Roger Dobbs,Honorary Vice President, who has alsomade a bequest to BBOWT in his will.
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NEWS IN BRIEF
Businesslends ahelping hand
Staff at PanasonicUK in Bracknellshowed just howmuch you can doto help localwildlife in a sparehour by buildingmore than 30bird, bug and batboxes duringtheir lunch break.In Oxfordshire,the wetland atChimneyMeadows was given a boost thanks to an enthusiastic teamfrom PWC who helped us to clear overgrown scrub. Ourthanks also go to the following companies for renewingtheir corporate membership: Johnson Matthey Plc (Silvermember), Sophos Ltd, Grundon Waste Management Ltd,Thames Water Utilities Ltd, Taylor & Francis and CherwellBoathouse. We’re also delighted to welcome to the schemeOracle UK (as a Gold member) and Anglian Water. Pleasecontact partnerships@bbowt.org.uk for information aboutbecoming a corporate member.
Snowdrops at Bowdown Woods nature reserve.
(Rob Appleby)
Roger Dobbs at Warburg Reserve.
(Charlotte Snowden)
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Join our recruitment team
One of the ways we encourage people to become new BBOWT members isthrough recruiters like Adriana Alberts. If you would like flexible workinghours and enjoy getting out to talk to people while helping the Trust at thesame time, this could be the job for you…“Ever since I was a child, I have always had a passion for wildlife and grewup avidly watching David Attenborough’s documentaries. For me, beingoutdoors has always been a pleasure, whether it’s walking in a woodlandcarpeted with bluebells in spring, or watching a swirling cloud of starlings inlate autumn. As our local charity, committed to protecting and conservingwildlife, BBOWT is a wonderful and worthy cause; for that reason I have been amember for a number of years.“I started door-to-door recruiting in 2009 and thoroughly enjoy my role.It’s a fun way of recruiting new members while earning some extra money andall for a good cause. People are often very pleasant on the doorstep, the hoursare very flexible (ideal for early retired people) and the job entails a friendly‘no pressure’ approach. I love meeting new people within my local communityand sharing our mutual interest in the outdoors.“There are lots of wildlifeenthusiasts out there who are oftenhappy to have a chat about DrySandford Pit, a Trust nature reserveI visit with my family. You’d besurprised how often they say to me:’Thanks for coming round – I’vebeen meaning to join BBOWT.’ Evenif people are unfamiliar withBBOWT or don’t join, I like to think Iam promoting the Trust for thefuture. After all, enthusiasm breedsenthusiasm! And the job can be fullof nice surprises, like the time I metand recruited a famous author, orwhen I encountered a universityfriend I hadn’t seen for over 20years.” Adriana Alberts.
Panasonic volunteers with twoboxes for robins and a bat box.
(Kelly Hayes)
Celebrate with BBOWT
Recently, long-term supporter Shirley Townend celebratedher 90th birthday, and rather than receiving gifts sherequested friends and family make donations to the Trustto help local wildlife. Donations like these help to fund ourconservation work. If you or someone you know would liketo mark your special event or important birthday byhelping to safeguard precious nature reserves pleasecontact membership on 01865 788300 or emailmembership@bbowt.org.uk.
NFU Prize winner
We’re pleased to announce the winners of the NFU Mutual Oxford Agencyprize draw:1st prize: binoculars worth £350 – Nigel Bilderbeck 2nd prize: £250 John Lewis voucher – Elizabeth Walker3rd prize: Concept Safari Picnic Backpack – Marie HaleFor more information about BBOWT’s wider partnership with NFU MutualOxford Agency, please contact ruthgrice@bbowt.org.uk 
Find out more
You don’t need to be a wildlife expert; full training and support is provided. Youcan choose hours to suit you, whether it is part-time, weekend or seasonal work.Please contact Liz Child on 01865 775476, email: lizchild@bbowt.org.uk or visit:bbowt.org.uk/jobs.
December 2012
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