Wildlife

Silver-studded blue butterfly

Bracknell Forest has a rich and varied landscape, containing a wide range of habitats, which supports a diversity of plants and animals. Over 20 per cent of the area is protected by local designations, including Local Nature Reserves and Local Wildlife Sites. There are also European designated sites including nine Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), a Special Protected Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

To learn more about these designated areas or to visit places that are important for wildlife, download our PDF file downloadbiodiversity leaflet (PDF, 661kb).

Biodiversity Action Plan 2012 to 2017

The Biodiversity Action Plan 2012 to 2017 was approved on 26 May 2012:

Biodiversity is the variety of all life. Bracknell’s Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) is a way of encouraging people and organisations to work together to deliver action for biodiversity locally. The borough works on local biodiversity initiatives in partnership with other organisations, voluntary groups and local communities on projects to improve and protect Bracknell’s wildlife.

Bracknell Forest Nature Partnership 

The Bracknell Forest Nature Partnership gives local people interested in wildlife the opportunity to discuss local issues, share ideas and get involved with protecting wildlife within the borough. It guides action towards achieving the Bracknell Forest Biodiversity Action Plan. 

The partnership meets twice a year. To express your interest in attending please contact the borough's biodiversity officer.

PDF file downloadBracknell Forest Nature Partnership meeting minutes (PDF, 90kb)

How you can help

There are many ways you can help to improve and protect wildlife in the borough:

Wildlife surveys

We need your help to record information about any wildlife you may have seen in the borough using the TVERC online recording service.

The Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC) collects and holds information about wildlife in the borough, such as protected species records and designated sites such as Local Wildlife Sites. We use this information to help direct the management of our parks and open spaces, maximising their value for biodiversity.

No previous experience is required and you can be involved as much or as little as you like, from casual recording to regular site monitoring. This is a good opportunity to gain experience towards a conservation career or simply learn more about wildlife.

Gardening for wildlife

One of the best ways to help conserve local wildlife is to make your garden more wildlife friendly. Our leaflet 'Gardening for wildlife' offers advice on some easy ways for you to help make this happen. To record information about your garden and the wildlife living there, please use our Garden wildlife survey form.

Conservation volunteering

For further information about how you can get involved in conservation activities in your area please visit our page about conservation volunteering.

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