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Conservation and wildlife

Berkshire Ornithological Club

The Berkshire Ornithological Club promotes education and study of wild birds and their conservation in Berkshire.

Area of operation:Berkshire
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: Reading University
Time: September to April alternate Wednesdays 8pm to 10pm
Contact details:Eleanor Pitts
Web site:
Caversham GLOBE

Caversham GLOBE (Go Local On a Better Environment) works to improve and protect green spaces for the benefit of wildlife and local residents by taking practical action on the ground as well as influencing Reading's policy and planning decisions. We do tree and hedge planting, rubbish clearance, graffiti removal; also commenting on planning applications and consultations on issues such as landscaping, flood risk, conservation, light pollution and visual impact. We also operate a used battery collection scheme with some local retailers.

Area of operation:All parts of Reading Borough north of the Thames plus adjoining riverside & S. Oxon areas
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: Church House, 59 Church Street, Caversham RG4 8AX (by Prospect Street mini roundabout)
Time: First Thursday of most months at 7.15pm
Contact details:Richard Denney
Telephone: 07768 958407
Web site:
Earley Environmental Group

To enthuse Earley residents about their local natural environment by informing them through walks, talks, newsletter, website (all free) and a presence at the annual Earley Green Fair. To involve both adults and children in various events, e.g. bird boxes, annual children's bug hunt. Members volunteer for a weekly work party to improve and enhance the Local Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve and the annual litter pick.The Group is run by its members, who are principally residents of Earley. Membership is free.

Area of operation:Earley
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: varous for walks, talks and events
Time: see web site and newsletter
Contact details:Mrs Sheila Crowson
Telephone: 0118 962 0004
Web site:

Conservation of the natural environment

Area of operation:Greater Reading
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: see web site for group programme
Contact details:Alan Stevens
Telephone: 07732 223 006
Web site:
Extinction Rebellion Reading

Extinction Rebellion is a socio-political movement intending to utilise nonviolent resistance in order to avert climate breakdown and halt biodiversity loss. The three main demands are for the government and media to 1. Tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency 2. Act as though it is true through radical change to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025. 3. Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice. The Reading group holds local and national non violent actions, holds NVDA training and forms affinity groups.

Area of operation:Reading and surrounding areas/national
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: See Facebook page
Time: fortnightly meetings - typically Tuesday evenings, and regular local actions
Contact details:Naomi Emmerson
Web site:
Newtown GLOBE

Building community and improving the quality of the Newtown environment. We do this through meetings, community improvement and community clear up events.

Area of operation:Newtown area of Reading
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: no
Time: no
Contact details:Rob White
Telephone: 0118 966 7183
Web site:
Oxford Road Community Garden

Community garden for the residents of West Reading

Area of operation:West Reading
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: In the garden
Time: First Thursday of the month
Contact details:Ricky Josey
Telephone: 07577777079
Web site:
Pangbourne and Whitchurch Sustainability

To promote and encourage the development of a sustainable local community. Our particular aims are: Reduce community carbon footprint; promote sustainability projects, act as a source of sustainability advice to the community and foster the biodiversity of the local natural environment.

Area of operation:Pangbourne, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Tidmarsh, Upper Basildon
Regular meeting arrangements:Place:
Contact details:
Web site:
Population Matters Reading Local Group

The basic aim of the group is to promote greater awareness and understanding of all matters that link population growth to the environment and sustainability within the RG postcode area. We hope to be working closely within the Greater Reading Environmental Network,aiming to share our knowledge and information by gaining speaking and presentation engagements amongst GREN members, as well as amongst many other community and voluntary groups in the district. We will also be trying to get speakers into all secondary schools within the Reading district as a high priority. In addition, we intend to be actively engaged in writing letters to local papers and aim to engage with the MP and Town Councillors for Reading on population and all related matters - such as the ongoing need for ever more housing, schools, roads and dealing with flooding, traffic congestion and overstretched local resources etc in the area.

Area of operation:The whole of the RG postcode area
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: Place: Various locations, sometimes Reading Museum Cafe, or on-line by Zoom Time:
Time: Please check with the contact below for dates & times
Contact details:Peter Bloyce
Telephone: 01256 810910
Web site:
Reading and District Natural History Society

Promoting the study of Natural History within a 20 mile radius of Reading since 1881.We have a winter programme of indoor lectures and meetings on Tuesday evenings in Pangbourne village hall on the first and third Tuesday in the month from October through to March starting at 7.45pm.We also offer field meetings on a Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday morning walks of 4-5 miles in length, with the option of a pub lunch afterwards. Right now, of course, our lectures are on Zoom, but we still run the walks programme with booking essential to control numbers

Area of operation:Reading
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: Pangbourne village hall
Time: first and third Tuesday evenings at 7.45pm from October to March
Contact details:Tricia Marcouse
Web site:
Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign

Try to preserve at least some of the Bath Road Reservoir Site from development due to its unique nature, situation& wild life it supports.

Area of operation:West Reading/ Reading
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: Foresters Arms
Contact details:Graham Griffiths
Telephone: 07808 143 649
Web site:
The Conservation Volunteers in the South East

The Conservation Volunteers support, encourage and celebrate volunteers and volunteering. We focus on helping people to give some of their time, skills and enthusiasm, to protect and care for their local environment - the parks, woods and other green spaces that we see and use everyday. We do this by providing individuals with the necessary knowledge, skills, opportunities and confidence to do so.

Area of operation:Reading, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex
Regular meeting arrangements:Place:
Contact details:Oonagh French
Telephone: 0118 956 8959
Web site:
The Mustard Tree Foundation (Reading)

The Mustard Tree Foundation (MTF) seeks to enable the community to speak for itself, to empower members of society who are marginalised and enable them to speak into and shape their community. This is done through a number of different projects: - Lifeline - The Rahab Project - Starting Point Reading - TLG School (in partnership with RCC) - Let's Grow - The Parenting Initiative - Engage:Befriending (starting May 2013)

Area of operation:Reading and surrounding area
Regular meeting arrangements:Place:
Contact details:Telephone: 01189567000
Web site:
Tilehurst Globe

a) to promote sustainable development locally, particularly with regard to such issues as : • environmental sustainability • health • homes • employment and the local economy • the conservation of biological diversity b) to promote participation in local governmental processes.

Area of operation:Tilehurst
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: Tilehurst Methodist Church Hall, SchoolRd ,Tilehurst Reading
Time: 7.15pm on the third wed every month ( 2nd in December,not Aug)
Contact details:Telephone: 0118 9425169
Web site:
West Berkshire Green Exchange

Act as a forum for local groups to network and share information

Area of operation:Tilehurst, Theale
Regular meeting arrangements:Place:
Contact details:Evangeline Wood
Web site: