Talks, Walks, Visits & Practical Conservation Work

Founded in 1999, Watlington Environment Group is a voluntary association that encourages and helps people to learn about and care for the environment in and around Watlington.

What we do...

  • Meetings, with speakers on diverse environmental and natural history subjects, providing a forum for education and discussion
  • Visits to nature reserves, local farms and other sites of interest
  • Walks in the area highlighting features of the local environment and landscape as well as the flora and fauna
  • Training members in practical conservation and survey work
  • Practical conservation and survey work in the parish
  • Offering informal advice on wildlife matters
  • Publicising our activities and informing our members through regular newsletters and this website

The Group runs regular practical conservation work parties looking after the Watlington Chalk Pits Local Nature Reserve, Watlington Hill and other local sites.

In 2013 we began a project to study the interesting and complex watercourses of the parish. This has developed into a substantial project with monitoring, surveying, historic study and, working with various partners, practical work to improve the water quality of the local brooks. See the separate Watercourses Project page for more.

In 2020 we established a Toad Patrol at a local toad migration site to help the toads cross a road to their breeding pond.

We are presently working with Watlington Climate Action Group (WCAG) and others to create a Green Plan for Watlington to fight climate change and encourage biodiversity. Visit https://www.watlingtonclimateaction.org.uk/green-plans for more information.

Membership of the group is open to all and costs £8.50 per year for an adult and £3.00 for a child for which you get regular newsletters plus free admission to our events. To join, come along to one of our meetings, look out for a membership leaflet at local venues, download an application form or contact us from this site. Most of our activities are also open to non-members. 

Join us and get involved in your local environment.

Next meeting:

Visit to Otmoor RSPB Nature Reserve with Gordon Hurst.

Saturday 27th November - 2pm.

Booking essential.

Upcoming work party dates:

Our winter conservation work is underway focussing on the Chalk Pits Local Nature Reserve and Watlington chalk streams.

Please email us for further information.

Toad Patrol:

Please email if you would like to take part in the next year's Toad Patrol.

Download membership form:

Membership Form - 2021.pdf
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Membership Form - 2021.doc
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