Our Local Groups

Who we are

Our Local Groups

Every Local Group provides an opportunity for Trust members to join together to discover, enjoy and protect wildlife through guided walks, illustrated talks and meetings. Many also provide practical help on nature reserves and raise significant funds for conservation work.

Some spread the word about wildlife and the Trust in local parish magazines and newspapers, or at fetes and fundraising events. All of them encourage new people to support us.

Find your local group

Bedford

The Bedford Local Group is a long standing, thriving organisation consisting of a friendly group of people. We are concerned with supporting and advertising the work of the Trust and promoting an interest in and a greater understanding of the environment.

We meet regularly on two occasions per month. On the first Wednesday of each month we have a guided walk usually led by an expert on the site being visited. The walks start at 10-00am and usually last for two hours.
The meeting on the second Wednesday of the month varies with the seasons. From September to April we hold talks on a vast range of wildlife topics. These are held in Priory Methodist Church Hall, Newnham Avenue, Bedford and start at 7-30pm. In the summer months from May to August we hold evening walks, again starting at 7-30pm.

The programme of events is organised by a Committee who are always willing to hear of new suggestions. Participants usually give a donation for these events which enables us to make regular donations to the Wildlife Trust to help with local projects.We average about 25- 30 people at our meetings and all are welcome.

Brackley

For more information about the local group, please contact Margaret Garrett 01280 702 472. 

Cambridge

The Cambridge Local Group organises talks and walks, usually on the last Wednesday of each month. The group covers the City of Cambridge and nearby villages but welcomes anyone interested to its events.

As members of the Wildlife Trust we want to inspire people about the natural world and to contribute to this at the Cambridge Local Group we organise talks and walks, usually on the last Wednesday of each month.  

Our talks are held monthly from January to April and September to November. They start at 7.30 p.m., finishing by 9.30 p.m. Invited speakers cover a wide range of natural history topics, illustrated with slides. Light refreshments (tea, coffee, fruit juice and biscuits) are served after the talk. They take place in the Community Room at the Church of St John the Evangelist, on the corner of Hills Road and Blinco Grove. There's a small charge of £2.5, which covers expenses, with the surplus going to the Wildlife Trust to support their work.

Our walks in the summer are usually on local nature reserves. Regular events include enjoying chalk grassland flowers in East Pit or along the Roman Road, surveying for glow-worms in East Pit – one of their local strongholds – in July, and bat walks.

If you would like to be added to the email list and to get emails publicising Cambridge Local Group events, please contact cambridge.lgwt@yahoo.co.uk
For more details please contact Ed Turner  07738 243676.

Desborough & District

For more information please contact Bob Freeman on 01536 76077

Ely

The Ely local Group of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire started in 2007 and now is flourishing. Find out more on the Ely Local Group page.

For further details about our talks, or indeed any of our events, please contact Will Burdett on willburdett@btinternet.com or 01353 661339. Please mention our events to any friends or family you think may be interested in attending. Our local Newsletters are emailed twice a year.

Flit Vale

For details of Flit Vale Local Group please contact Kathy Mills 07890 347327.

Great Fen

Who are we?
The Great Fen Local Group organises a programme of entertaining talks, walks and events. These raise funds and promote awareness and appreciation of the Great Fen. The money we raise goes towards special projects within the Great Fen.
 

The Great Fen is one of the largest wetland restoration projects in Europe, extending from Peterborough to Huntingdon. For more information on the restoration project you can visit the Great Fen website here.  

What events do we organise?
Our monthly talks are held at the Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre: it is well-signposted from the main road in Ramsey Heights and there is plenty of free parking. These Friday evening talks are informal and friendly, and we always provide tea and biscuits and sometimes wine.

Our midweek rambles, led by Adrian, are very popular whatever the weather. You can expect to be taken into parts of the Great Fen you might not otherwise discover, and most people make it out again as well!

We also organise fundraisers and these are listed along with all our forthcoming talks and walks in the events listings on this site.

Like to join us?
Formed in 2011 we warmly welcome anyone who would like to attend events, or join the committee, or help out or get involved, whenever and in whatever way you can. Taking our cue from the Great Fen, we cater for a mix of wildlife and local history interests, which makes our events and meetings lively and varied. You don’t need to be a member of the WT to join in or help out.

To find out more about what we get up to, see our latest newsletter. We are always interested to hear from potential speakers on subjects connected with the Great Fen area: please get in touch if you would like to contribute to our talks programme.

To contact the Great Fen Local Group you can email us at greatfenlocal@gmail.com or phone our chairperson, Adrian Kempster, on 01487 815994.

 

Huntingdonshire

The Huntingdonshire Local Group is made up of supporters of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. It is local, run by local people, for local wildlife and to further the aims of the Wildlife Trust in the area.

Find out more.

March

Welcome all newcomers!  We have work parties at Norwood Road Nature Reserve on the second Saturday of each month, starting at 10am. We are usually there for a couple of hours with a tea break halfway through. 

Spencer Holland is our group leader and he has a wealth of information about wildlife. For more information about the March Local Group contact Mary Barrington at mary.barrington@tesco.net or on 01354 657172.

Oundle

Oundle Local Group. For more details please contact Keith Alvey 01832 272666.

Peterborough

Who are we?

The Peterborough Local Group was founded in 2010 and over the past seven years has grown into a thriving group with a vibrant membership. Its main objectives are:

• Engaging more local people in the work of the Wildlife Trust, hopefully leading to an increased membership
• Providing an interesting and enjoyable programme of events throughout the year
• Helping with the promotion of local Wildlife Trust activities
• Fundraising for local projects

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What events do we organise?

From September to March we hold a varied programme of monthly talks at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Ledbury Road, Peterborough, PE3 9RF. This venue has free parking, and is very well appointed, with a PA system and hearing loop. The talks are informal and friendly, and include a refreshment break with tea, coffee and biscuits. At Christmas we have a social and wildlife quiz, which includes home-made mulled wine and mince pies!

Between March and August we arrange monthly walks and visits. Many of these involve visits to local nature reserves, including iconic sites such as Old Sulehay, Barnack Hills and Holes, Castor Hanglands and the Nene valley. We are fortunate to have several very experienced naturalists in the group to help guide us. We have also arranged visits to local farms who are managing their land in a wildlife friendly way, and will occasionally travel further afield for particular wildlife events.

Like to join us?

We warmly welcome anyone who would like to attend events, join the committee, or help out or get involved in whatever way you can. We cater for a mix of wildlife interests, which makes our events and meetings lively and varied. You don’t need to be a member of the WT to join in or help out.

To contact the Peterborough Local Group you can email us at sarah.lambert7@ntlworld.com or phone Sarah Lambert, on 07784 169260.

Towcester

Contact for group: David Reed 01327 352 414

The  Wildlife Trust Towcester local group hold meetings on every 3rd Monday of the month with the exception of August and December. All meetings start at 7:00pm at the Saracens Head Hotel, Towcester.

To see the pictures taken by our talented photographer, Nick Holder: Nicks Pics

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