Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Environment Group

Regular bulletins from the Environment Group can be found in "The Villager": see here for the online archive.
Occasional updates also feature on our News page

The Millennium Wood is now 18 years old and we are reviewing how it should be managed over the next 10 years. To help us we would like to hear your views and have prepared a short questionnaire available by clicking on to this link, it will only take a few minutes so please have a look - even if you have yet to visit the wood.

The Brightwell cum Sotwell Environment Group was formed in 1996,with the support of the Parish Council,in response to the call to nations in AGENDA 21 to act locally. AGENDA 21 came from the United Nations’ Earth Summit held in Rio de Janiero in 1992 and was considered the “blueprint” for the new Millennium. The Group embarked on a programme designed to involve parishioners of all ages in a wide range of activities concerned with the environment.

The first main project was the publication of the Parish Conservation Plan in 1998. The Plan contains the results of surveys of hedgerows, watercourses, bird populations and other facets of the wild life of the Parish together with descriptions of its Physical and Human Landscapes.

Since 1998 the Group has taken on a number of projects to enhance the village environment, including raising awareness and the development of skills such as hedge laying, recording traffic and observing and monitoring flora and fauna. Several areas in the parish are managed by the Group with assistance and support from other bodies and groups, for example the Scouts, the Wellsprings residents, the Village Hall Trustees, the Parish Council, the Parochial Church Council, the Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust and the Earth Trust. School children and residents of the parish and have been involved in these activities, such as in the thermal imaging survey of village properties and the campaign to install photo-voltaic panels on dwellings. The results of these projects are described in the 2nd Edition of the Parish Conservation Plan which was published in 2013.

The Group organizes two public meetings a year where invited speakers make presentations on topics of interest. Badgers, Climate Change, Birds of Prey and Bats have been among the subjects addressed. In the summer months visits are arranged to local sites of interest, such as Cholsey Marsh and Bix Nature Reserve.

There is no membership fee for the Group: all parishioners are welcome to join in the activities. The Group’s Committee meets on three or four occasions in the year: new members are welcome.

Please contact Steve Capel-Davies (Chairman) on 826734 or Lizzie Rhymes (Secretary) on

For more information and detail of current programmes please follow the links on the left to the separate pages.

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