BFC walk in Cunningdale, 5th June 2021 (Dave Purchase)

How to join in

There are many ways of joining in with the growing number of people locally, nationally and beyond who enjoy, appreciate and care about wildlife and the environment. There are many ways in which you can find out more and, if you want to, how to help in any way, big or small, to protect and enhance them for their own sakes, for our own sakes and for our children’s and grandchildren’s sakes. For example:

  • You may be an expert in one or more species or groups of species – someone who enjoys the technicalities and understands their subject in detail.
  • You may be an enthusiastic amateur who is keen to learn and take an active role in studying or protecting wildlife, or who is more interested in action and outcome than scientific detail.
  • You may be an occasional participant, someone who enjoys nature and will dip into subjects or projects if they’re interesting and easy to understand.

On this page we point you to some of the ways in which you can do these to the level that suits you. You don’t have to be an expert, but you can be if you want to be. The important thing is that you enjoy, appreciate and care about nature.

Click on the headings below to find out more.

Wildlife Site Visits and Talks

Go to our Wildlife Site Visits and Talks page for details of our current, forthcoming and past programmes.

It’s not a requirement, and you are more than welcome to browse, explore and use this website, but of course we would be very happy if you wanted to join our club and become a member of our friendly and active community. Find out more about us on the linked page by clicking on the heading. Use our Contact form if you do want to join, and we will sort it out with you.

What we do

Meetings:

  • Autumn and winter programmes of talks and presentations
  • Summer programmes of guided walks

Activities:

  • Recording of species and habitats, through individual observations, individual and group surveys, and bioblitz events
  • Organising and volunteering in local biodiversity and rewilding work; such as we are carrying out in The Serpentine

Campaigns:

  • Support for and collaboration with other groups in the protection and promotion of biodiversity, locally and nationally
  • Events to promote interest in biodiversity

Social media:

  • Managing and curating this website
  • Maintaining our Facebook page

We are actively involved in 2 local biodiversity projects. You don’t have to be a member to volunteer to take part in these projects (but of course we would be very happy of you did want to join us). All are welcome, and there are all sorts of things to help with, to suit your interestes and capabilities. Full details are on our Volunteering page.

This page outlines the structure of the site and gives more guidance on how to use it.

Our campaigns and events

Click on the button to go to our page on the campaigns and events we have been and are involved in.

How to Find Out More

Many of our pages include lists of useful references and links to other pages and to other sites offering relevant information and guidance. These lists are not comprehensive and we are always looking for additions to expand them. We provide many links to a host of external websites that provide useful and interesting information. Where appropriate, we include links to specific pages in Wikipedia which is an incredible resource for pursuing a wealth of more detailed information into subjects which we touch on in these pages, such as for example: biodiversity.

There are a host of guides and reference books, websites (including this one) and apps that you can draw on to help you with the identification of the wildlife you see. There are also other people, particularly if you are a member of BFC or a subscriber to our Facebook page.

If you want to find out more about identifying, recording and carrying out surveys of wildlife, then do please go to our The Records page and its subpages.

Click on the heading to this section to go to our page exploring how we can enjoy the living world while helping to protect and enhance it, and for a link to the current Countryside Code.