Oxfordshire Biodiversity Action Plan
The UKBAP recognised that biodiversity is ultimately lost or conserved at the
local level. Local Action Plans are therefore an essential part of the process.
Their purpose is to focus resources to conserve and enhance biodiversity by
means of local partnerships, taking account of national and local priorities,
providing the biodiversity element of Local Agenda 21.
The Oxfordshire Biodiversity Action Plan was written by a partnership of over
30 key conservation organisations
working in the county and was published in February 2000. It is one of many
LBAPs across the UK that are helping to meet national biodiversity targets.
Oxfordshire’s BAP currently contains Action Plans for 18
Habitats (HAPs) and 21 Species (SAPs) and
these are implemented through Task Forces and co-ordinated by ONCF. For an
overview of Oxfordshire's LBAP please click here for the Generic Action Plan.
We have started an innovative pilot project. By the end of 2006 we will put
on this website a small spreadsheet showing measurable targets for 10 hotspot
areas that we aim to improve by 2008. For now we are concentrating our efforts
on this project so the HAPs and SAPs will not be reviewed. For up to date
information please call or email Tom Butterworth on 01865 407429 or
email@example.com. A brief summary of
our rebuilding biodiversity project follows.
Translating the LBAP into action on the ground
-Rebuilding Biodiversity in Oxfordshire
The Thames Valley Environment Record Centre (TVERC) has comprehensively mapped
the geographical location and status of UK BAP priority habitats associated with
designated sites (SSSIs and County Wildlife Sites (CWS)) throughout the county.
In particular four were chosen to map: Lowland Calcareous Grassland,
Neutral Grassland ,Grazing Marsh and Lowland Beech and Yew Woodland.
By identifying areas where most sites were relatively
large, in good condition and although often fragmented, in relatively close
proximity to each other, areas around surviving BAP habitats were prioritised
for conservation action.
In all 36 hotspots
were identified, 10 of which have been given high priory for action. Steering
groups, consisting of partner organisations, are now working to meet the LBAP
targets by coordinating their efforts in these areas of greatest importance.
This does not mean that the rest of Oxfordshire will be ignored, but considering
4310.9ha (94.9%) of SSSI and 3613.8ha (73.6%) of CWS
are within these
hotspots, supporting the habitats and species in these areas will make a
considerable contribution to reaching the 2010 target for preventing further
loss of biodiversity.