Oxfordshire is primarily a rural, agricultural county and a large proportion
of the biodiversity of the county is dependent upon farmland. It is essential,
therefore, that effective ways to integrate modern agriculture and wildlife
conservation are identified and implemented as a matter of priority.
Arable farming is a major land use in parts of Oxfordshire, particularly on
the light soils of the Cothill and Faringdon area. On the drier parts of the
Clay Vales, permanent pasture for intensive sheep, beef and dairy farming is
the most common land use. Many once-familiar birds, plants and animals of the
farming landscape have become very scarce in Oxfordshire, in common with other
parts of lowland England.
Some species which will benefit from this HAP
Brown-banded carder bee
Robberfly Asilus crabroniformis
Short-haired bumble bee
Shrill carder bee