Contact Us

Contact us

Nightingale - Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

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.

Membership

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.
Email: Membership@wildlifebcn.org
Tel: 01954 713543

Sick or injured animals

If you have an urgent enquiry about injured wildlife please call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. 

See our FAQs for information about sick, injured, or dead 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:

  • Poaching
  • 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.

cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org

Where are your nature reserves and what activities are permitted?

We manage over 100 nature reserves over our three counties, each with different characteristics. 

Reserve Search

Our reserves are managed for the preservation of wildlife and the majority are open to the public for the quiet enjoyment of nature. 

Guidelines for visiting our reserves

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.

Find out more about swifts and recording swift sightings

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.

Find out more here.

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?

There are numerous ways in which you can help wildlife in your own garden, from creating bug hotels and bird nest boxes to providing hibernation spots for frogs and toads. Visit our wildlife gardening page or our wildlife actions section for ideas and inspiration.

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

I have a snake in my garden, what can I do?

Please don't be concerned. It is very likely to be grass snake or slow worm (legless lizard) – both are harmless.

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.

There is lots of useful information on the Froglife website.

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.

General Enquiries

For all other enquiries please email us at: cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org 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.

Filming with BBC Look East by Caroline Fitton

Filming with BBC Look East by Caroline Fitton

Media Centre

Contact our media team 

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.

Film request form

Our Offices

Wildlife Trust BCN HQ & Cambridgeshire Office

The Manor House - Wildlife Trust BCN

The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6DH

Email: cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org

Tel: 01954 713500  

For membership enquiries please call 01954 713543

Northamptonshire Office

Lings House, off Lings Way, Billing Lings, Northampton NN3 8BE

Email: northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org

Bedfordshire Office

Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9DJ (Same building as the Cloverdale Retreat)

Email: bedfordshire@wildlifebcn.org

Grafham Water Office

The Fishing Lodge, West Perry, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE28 0BX

grafham@wildlifebcn.org

Toddington Office

Unit 2, St Johns Barn, Griffin Farm, Conger Lane, Toddington, Bedfordshire, LU5 6BT

Email the Toddington team

Trumpington Meadows Office

Grantchester Road, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9LH

Nene Wetlands Office and Visitor Centre

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre, Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 6FH

Facebook   Tel: 01933 779587    Email nenewetlands@wildlifebcn.org 

Great River Ouse

The Great Ouse - Robert Enderby

Local Environmental & Biodiversity Records Centres

 
Bedfordshire Biodiversity Records Centre

Tel: 01234 355435 Email: brmc@bedsbionet.org.uk Web: www.bedsbionet.org.uk

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Environmental Records Centre 

Tel: 01954 713570 Email: data@cperc.org.uk Web: www.cperc.org.uk

Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre

Tel: 01604 400448 Email: nbrc@northantsbrc.org.uk Web: www.northantsbrc.org.uk