The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire HQ is based in Cambourne, but we have staff based in each county.
Due to current situation with coronavirus, many of our offices will be closed over the next few weeks or more with staff working from home wherever possible. We will divert phone numbers where we can, but please do use email in the first instance and please be patient if we are unable to respond immediately.
To direct your enquiry to the relevant contact as quickly as possible, please review and select the relevant option from below.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming one of our highly valued members, or if you want to discuss your membership with us, please do get in touch with our friendly membership team.
Tel: 01954 713543
Sick or injured animals
Report a wildlife crime
Reporting wildlife crime ensures incidents are formally logged with the police, enabling easier research of wildlife crime at a later date if required. There is no reason to approach individuals committing offences. Find out more about Wildlife Crime.
Wildlife crime includes:
- Killing protected species
- Disturbing protected species
- Damaging the breeding and resting places of protected species
- Illegally trading in endangered species
To report a wildlife crime:
If you witness a wildlife crime taking place, call 999
For a non-emergency call 101
If you would like to anonymously give information regarding a crime, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111
Report an issue on a reserve
For emergencies, please contact the emergency services on 999.
If you believe a wildlife crime has taken place, the local police should be the first contact, please see details above, which includes some details of what constitutes a wildlife crime.
For other enquiries please use the email below and include the name of the reserve in the subject line.
Where are your nature reserves and what activities are permitted?
Report a wildlife sighting
Please do tell us about the wildlife you have spotted in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire and on our reserves! Your information will increase our knowledge of our local wildlife and its distribution, and help us to make better decisions about conservation management.
Swifts - Please do let us know of any swift sightings across our three counties as we are currently in need of more data about them.
Monitoring Facebook group - join our research and monitoring facebook group to post photos or questions about sightings of any species that you think may be of interest. And if you want to know more about the sighting one of the local experts in the group may be able to help.
Local Record Centres - There are three Local Record Centres hosted by the Wildlife Trust BCN, which together cover the Local Authority areas of Bedfordshire and Luton, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and Northamptonshire.
- Bedfordshire and Luton Biodiversity Recording and Monitoring Centre (BRMC) bedsbionet.org.uk email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Environmental Records Centre (CPERC) cperc.org.uk email: email@example.com
- Northamptonshire Biological Records Centre (NBRC) northantsbrc.org.uk email: firstname.lastname@example.org
They need to know:
- What – the species (and number if more than one)
- When – the date seen
- Where – the location of the sighting (a grid reference or postcode is best)
- Who – contact details in case any further details are needed
Help identifying a species
The best way to get some input from local experts and as well as Wildlife Trust staff would be to join up to our research and monitoring facebook group
We are currently running a scheme called ‘wildlife from home’ where you can upload your photos and get help on ID. See here for more info: https://www.wildlifebcn.org/blog/josh-hellon/wildlife-home
Unfortunately due to our limited resources and the urgent need for us to prioritise work that has the biggest impact on helping wildlife we are unable to help identify pictures emailed to us.
How can I help wildlife in my garden?
If you have a snake in your garden:
Snakes are protected by law in the UK. Grass snakes seek out piles of rotting vegetation in which to lay their eggs in early summer, and the snakes and their eggs are protected by law from killing and injury. If you find grass snake eggs, report the sighting to your local Biological Records Centre (see below). Your sightings can help local understanding of where Grass Snakes live.
Adders are the only venomous snake in the UK with a bite that is painful, but rarely dangerous. They only really bite when disturbed and are rare in Beds, Cambs and Northants. They are easily recognised from vigzag markings on their back.
How to help hedgehogs
Hedgehogs usually hibernate between November through to mid March, but they can sometimes be seen out and about during this period changing nesting sites. It is unusual to see a hedgehog staggering around during winter or in daylight, so if you do see one and it looks unwell, it might need a helping hand. Contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society who can offer advice and help you find a local rescue centre.
Download the Wild About Gardens for Hedgehogs leaflet to find out more about hedgehogs and how to make your garden hog friendly
Shepreth Wildlife Park run a Hedgehog rehabilitation/rescue centre
Hospital Tel: 07505 651968
Out of hours emergency line: 07771 457693
Our Postal Address
The fastest way for us to see and respond to your message is by email. But if you would like to send us a letter by post regarding work in any of our counties, please send it to:
The Wildlife Trust BCN, The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6DH
For all other enquiries please email us at: email@example.com and remember to let us know if you are a member!
June 2020: Please be aware that due to the current pandemic we have a number of staff on leave and are operating a a reduced capacity. If you believe your enquiries is urgent, please do mark it as such and we will try our best to respond as quickly as we can. We are very grateful for your understanding and support.
We can also help with wildlife experts to interview in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire or Northamptonshire or provide photographs or information about local wildlife and our reserves.
Filming and photography on nature reserves: please fill out our film request form if you would like to do some filming or commercial photography on our nature reserves.
Find your local learning experience
Our Activity Centres provide wonderful natural settings with dedicated teams leading engaging ways for families to enjoy the outdoors. These include bug hunts, pond dipping, den building, insect days and night adventures looking for bats, glow worms and magnificent moths.