Go Wild this Christmas in aid of BBOWT

Wild Christmas Trees

bbowt-christmas-tree-cropGet your Christmas tree from the local BBOWT Wildlife Trust to give our wildlife some seasonal help.

BBOWT are selling Scots pines, felled as part of their wildlife site management. Scots pines make excellent Christmas trees and they are less prone to drop their needles than commercial trees.

The Scots pines grow wild on Wildmoor Heath nature reserve near Crowthorne. They have to be cut back every winter to keep the heathland open for special wildlife including tree pipit, woodlark and, in the summer, nightjars; Silver-studded blue butterflies (making a comeback here, thanks to conservation work), dragonflies, adders, grass snakes, slow worms, and common lizards. Heathers, bog asphodel and round-leaved sundew are among the unusual plants that also thrive on heathland.

Where to buy your wild Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Sale 11am – 3pm Sunday 13 December at the Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham.

Trees will be of a variety of sizes and prices will start from £10. Mistletoe, holly and willow ornamental bunches and wreaths will also be available.


Wildlife Gifts

birding-kit-lo-res-cropIt doesn’t matter how much time we set aside for buying Christmas gifts, there’s always the last-minute dash for that ‘special present’ for the person who already has everything!

Thankfully, this is where the gift shop at the Nature Discovery Centre at Thatcham comes to the rescue.

The Nature Discovery Centre is a great place if you want to relax while you’re seeking inspiration for those special presents. Take a few moments to get away from the hustle of Christmas shopping in town with a gentle stroll around the lake to watch the ducks and other wildlife.

Inside the visitor centre there’s a range of delicious cakes and hot drinks to enjoy in the café, just a short step from the shop!

At this time of the year many garden birds have feasted on all the berries, and now they need some extra help from us. There’s a Festive Bird Feeder event on 18 December where children can make a treat for birds and an ideal handmade gift for friends!

If you don’t have time to get messy making your own Christmas treats for birds, then take a look at the bird watching and bird feeding starter kits. For the serious wildlife enthusiast there’s a good range of optics, binoculars and telescopes, to choose from.

An unusual, and very useful, present for anyone keen to discover wildlife are Identification Guides. These beautifully illustrated guides are produced by the Field Studies Council. Novice and expert wildlife-watchers will be able to spot birds, plants and flowers, mammals, insects and fungi, and name them straight away!

Gardening for wildlife is more popular than ever; but how to choose which flowers to plant and when to plant them? There’s a good selection of wildlife gardening books in the Nature Discovery Centre shop for browsing in the winter.

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