About us

The North Chilterns Chalk Partnership was formed in 2012 with an aim to bring land managers in the North Chilterns closer together. Conservation volunteering is crucial in helping to protect our countryside and we aim to help volunteers to find tasks that they enjoy in their local area, regardless of who owns any particular bit of land. You can find contact details for each of the partner organisations and a bit about them below:

redlogoNational Trust

The National Trust  stands for beautiful and historic places.  We look after a breathtaking number and variety of them – each distinctive, memorable and special to people for different reasons.  Our job is to understand and keep the spirit of each of these places alive.

  • For Ever – Our responsibility is to give these places a life far into the future, which means caring for them beautifully, helping them to evolve over time and acting in a way that helps protect the planet we’re part of.
  • For Everyone – Our places are open to all, and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do – local communities, members, visitors, volunteers and donors.  We help people belong to places and places belong to people.
  • In the North Chilterns we look after the Whipsnade Estate, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Moleskin & Markham hills. We also manage Dunstable Downs, Totternhoe Knolls, Sundon country park and Smithcombe on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council.

The Bedfordshire Ranger team can be contacted on 01582 873663

logoNatural England

 Natural England is the government’s independent adviser on the natural environment. Established in 2006 our work is focused on enhancing England’s wildlife and landscapes and maximising the benefits they bring to the public.

  •  We establish and care for England’s main wildlife and geological sites, ensuring that over 4,000 National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest are looked after and improved.
  • We work to ensure that England’s landscapes are effectively protected, designating England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and advising widely on their conservation.
  • In the North Chilterns we look after Barton Hills and Knocking Hoe National Nature Reserves.

The Reserves manager can be contacted on 01844 351833 or via robert.silverwood@naturalengland.org.uk

wildlifetrustslogoWildlife Trust (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire)

Our mission is to conserve local wildlife, by caring for land ourselves and with others; inspire others to take action for wildlife & inform people, by offering advice and sharing knowledge

http://www.wildlifebcn.org

  • We manage and look after 125 nature reserves for wildlife, including ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows, and wetlands. More than 95% of people living in the three counties are less than 5 miles from a Wildlife Trust nature reserve.
  • We join the dots for nature through our Living Landscapes work to create a bigger, better and more joined up network of nature reserves and supporting neighbouring landowners to help them do their bit for wildlife.
  • We look after several areas in the North Chilterns including Totternhoe Quarry, Galley and Warden Hills, Blows Downs and Houghton Regis Chalk Pit.

The local reserves officers can be contacted on 01525 874317

To see our latest newsletter click on this link http://thewildlifetrustforbcn.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/j/036C74A3216F2708/E2D8A1B8D764592EBA4AF9908B8D85ED

chilternsocietylogoChiltern Society

The Chiltern Society, with nearly 7000 members, is one of the largest environmental groups in England. The Society’s area covers 650 square miles across parts of four counties – Central Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and south Oxfordshire – an area about twice the size of the Chilterns AONB. The Society has over 400 volunteers, many of whom are busy in a variety of twelve conservation groups across the Chilterns.

The aim of the Chiltern Society is to build a group of volunteers who can make a contribution to the North Chilterns Chalk Partnership.

Anyone wishing to help Chiltern Society volunteering can contact the Chiltern Society Volunteer Co-ordinator, Geoff Wiggett on 01442 875906.

Colour Cons Board Logo jpgChilterns Conservation Board

The Chilterns Conservation Board is the public body established to conserve and enhance the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). AONBs, along with National Parks, are nationally-protected as the finest landscapes in the country. The Chilterns Conservation Board works with a wide range of land managers, volunteers and local and national organisations to care for the Chilterns and promote public awareness and understanding of its special qualities including the steep chalk escarpment, ancient woodlands, ancient routes, brick and flint houses and rich historic environment.

For more information, visit www.chilternsaonb.org

central bedsCentral Bedfordshire Council

Central Bedfordshire Council has an important role to play in the management of sites, greenspaces and access to the wider countryside both through the rights of way network and through council-owned heritage and countryside sites.

  • CBC manages 63 sites for biodiversity, access and communities.
  • CBC manages a public rights of way network of 975km of footpath, 330km of bridleway and 26km of byway.
  • To help us manage this resource we work with a partnership of third sector organisations and community volunteer groups (P3 and Friends groups) consisting of over 400 volunteers who carry out practical habitat management, surveys, site promotion, wardening, and other work.
  • We also seek to provide high quality greenspace in and around new housing and areas of population growth.
  • We aim to improve residents’ quality of life, health and well being.

Contact the Ecology and Community Engagement Officer on 0300 300 6135 or steve.halton@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

The Friends of Studham Common fosc

The Friends of Studham Common are a friendly, informal group of volunteers who meet on the third Saturday of each month (except December) to do conservation work.  We meet at  at the War Memorial in the centre of Studham village at 10am and generally work through till about 3pm.  Picnic lunch and all tools provided.   All welcome, from Studham and beyond.  Please contact Pam Rumfitt at pamrumfitt@btinternet.com for more information.

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