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The Birds of Berkshire Conservation Fund
The Birds of Berkshire Conservation Fund is managed by the Berkshire Ornithological Club (BOC) to encourage bird conservation in Berkshire. It receives profits from the sales of The Birds of Berkshire atlas and avifauna, donations from Club members, raffle proceeds etc and is dedicated to bird conservation. To date work that has been funded includes:
- Lavell’s Lake Nature Reserve for a sluice to give better control of water levels, to help breeding birds and enhance bird-watching from the hides.
- Kennet Valley Project to protect an area of open land at Paices Hill for ground-nesting birds like - Lapwing and Little Ringed Plover.
- Barn Owl nest boxes at Moor Green, Fobney Island and elsewhere..
- The Berkshire Atlas Group for bird survey work and the revision of the county Atlas and Avifauna.
- Pang Valley Countryside Project for reed-bed maintenance at Hosehill.
- The TVERC’s Be Wild project for managing woodland bird habitat.
The Club is now inviting proposals from local organisations or individuals for grants to support bird conservation work in Berkshire. It is unlikely that individual grants will exceed £1,000. Applications will be judged by a committee representing the authors of The Birds of Berkshire and the Berkshire Ornithological Club.
Proposals, stating the work to be done and the conservation benefits it will provide, should be sent to the BOC (contact: Renton Righelato, 63 Hamilton Road, Reading, RG1 5RA; tel 0787 981 2564; email email@example.com . The fund’s selection criteria and application forms can be downloaded from the BOC website or obtained from Renton Righelato.
BERKSHIRE ORNITHOLOGICAL CLUB
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