Wild Aylesbury Vale Competition

The idea for the Wild Aylesbury Vale project has come from people involved in the Haddenham and Waddesdon Community Board’s Environmental Working Group, wanting to create places for wildlife to thrive in our local communities.

We all feel better when we can hear birds sing and bees hum so why not encourage more by transforming you own green spaces? It’s good for them, it’s good for us and it’s good for the planet.

The overall aim of the competition is to encourage wildlife into any available green space and in doing so connect us with our local green environment and support our health and wellbeing.

We have teamed up with:

We want our community to get behind this project and turn every available green space into a haven for wildlife and we are here to help you do it.

The following Community Boards are taking part in this project:

If you are not sure which Community Board you come under, you can search for yours using our postcode checker.

Entry categories

The entry categories include:

  • residents’ own gardens – no space too small, a window box is a great place to start!
  • community groups – got a boring area you could transform with wildflowers and a bug hotel?
  • schools - could you provide an activity for children indoors or out - who can grow the largest sunflower or create a garden on a plate?
  • towns and parishes - why not involve some residents in transforming a local community space into a wildlife haven?

Prizes

The Wild Aylesbury Vale Project Competition has some great prizes for overall winners in each category as well as runner up prizes.

Our competition prizes include:

  • bird or bug boxes, membership to BBOWT for residents
  • a trip to College Lake or a virtual tour for schools
  • a BBOWT training session for a community group
  • a Parish to receive £200 of vouchers to spend at Lindengate

How to apply

Register your interest

As a first step, register your interest in entering by:

  1. emailing [email protected] including your name, postcode and email address
  2. letting us know if you're a member of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust
  3. specifying whether you would like to enter your own garden or outdoor space, a community group, a town or parish council or a school

Please see our wildlife garden checklist for key feature ideas you could include in your entry.

Once we receive your email, we will send you a competition entry form and pre competition survey to complete.

Your entry must be submitted by 30 June and winners will be announced on 8 July

Online talks

We held a series of talks with experts at the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) throughout May and June 2021.

You can now watch recordings of these talks on YouTube.

  • Introduction to Wildlife Gardening: An overview of how you can make some small changes in your garden that will make a big difference for wildlife. We look at some of the key features of a wildlife friendly garden.
  • Hedgehogs - Prickly Predators: An introduction to hedgehogs that covers how you can encourage and support them in your garden as well as some tips for spotting them in the wild.
  • Pollinators - Bees and Butterflies: A look at the two main types of pollinator you might see in your garden and how you can support them.
  • Ponds: Take a dive into creating your own wildlife pond! This session covers some of the main things you might need to think about if you are creating a new pond as well as some tips for making existing ponds wildlife friendly.

Wildlife Gardening Guidance

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