Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Bernwood Forest: Recreating an Ancient Landscape

We will recreate the ancient landscape of Bernwood Forest through conservation work across five nature reserves on the Buckinghamshire/Oxfordshire border. By enhancing the mosaic of woodland and meadow habitats we will benefit many species including butterflies and traditional woodland flowers.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2013 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (204330)





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The loss of a mosaic of different habitats at Bernood Forest including woodlands, meadows, pasture, hedgerows and ponds. Loss of such important and species-rich habitats pushes species into isolated pockets, increasing their risk of extinction. This may mean that rare species may be lost forever and habitats such as these will not be able to be enjoyed by future generations. Many children today do not have the opportunity to experience these habitats and to get close to nature.


Recreating and enhancing the ancient landscape will help to conserve a wide range of woodland flora, birds, butterflies and bats including rare species such as Bechstein's bat. The project will enhance this beautiful area and secure its natural history and heritage for future generations to experience and enjoy. Programmes of events such as guided walks and talks for the local community to encourage further interest in these important habitats.