Look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture

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re­serve in the 1940s in re­mem­brance of Sir Charles and is now a tran­quil haven with a rich va­ri­ety of wildlife.

The So­ci­ety for the Pro­mo­tion of Na­ture Re­serves ul­ti­mately be­came what we know to­day as “The Wildlife Trusts”. BBOWT was founded in 1959 and is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts around the UK, all work­ing to pro­tect lo­cal wildlife.

In the early 1960s, Rachel Car­son’s sem­i­nal book, Silent Spring, was first pub­lished in the UK open­ing the gen­eral pub­lic’s eyes to the con­cept of ecol­ogy (the un­der­stand­ing that ev­ery­thing in na­ture is re­lated to ev­ery­thing else and can­not sur­vive in iso­la­tion). The book de­scribed how wildlife was slowly dis­ap­pear­ing from the Amer­i­can coun­try­side due to hu­man ac­tiv­ity.

Not so long ago, apart from sev­eral en­light­ened con­ser­va­tion­ists, the var­i­ous in­ter­est groups (for in­stance gar­den­ing, bee­keep­ing, but­ter­fly con­ser­va­tion, the pro­tec­tion of birds and farm­ing) still fo­cussed their ef­forts on a sin­gle species or cause.

Grad­u­ally though there was a com­ing to­gether, a re­al­i­sa­tion…I no­ticed, as a bee­keeper, that bee­keep­ing jour­nals started printing ar­ti­cles on the ben­e­fits of wild flowers for bees. The Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety (RHS) fol­lowed with its now reg­u­lar wildlife page for gar­den­ers.

Car­ing for the wider en­vi­ron­ment is now to­tally main­stream for most con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Thanks to the vi­sion of Sir Charles Roth­schild, The Wildlife Trusts were ahead of the game; we’ve been pro­tect­ing large ar­eas of the coun­try­side and the as­so­ci­ated habi­tats for years!

But, wildlife is still threat­ened with pres­sures such as habi­tat loss and over-de­vel­op­ment. Na­ture needs our help more than ever be­fore to pro­tect it and pre­serve it for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

To­day, hun­dreds of vol­un­teers help BBOWT to man­age a wide range of habi­tats, from an­cient woodland to chalk grass­land and wet­lands. Man­age­ment of the gen­eral habi­tat al­lows wild flowers to bring colour and joy into our lives, gives sanc­tu­ary and food to na­tive and mi­gra­tory birds and places for our na­tive wild an­i­mals to flour­ish.

Take a trip to your lo­cal na­ture re­serves this week­end, in­clud­ing Col­lege Lake near Tring, and As­ton Clin­ton Rag­pits and Ba­combe Hill both near Wen­dover, to see and learn how BBOWT still fol­lows those con­ser­va­tion ideals set out by Sir Charles Roth­schild just over 100 years ago.

Find out more about BBOWT’s Chilterns Group of vol­un­teers at www.bbowt.org.uk/ chilterns-group

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