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Farmland

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

Mammals
Brown hare
Pipistrelle bat
Bechstein’s bat
Harvest mouse
Birds
Bullfinch
Corn bunting
Grey partridge
Linnet
Song thrush
Skylark
Tree sparrow
Turtle dove
Barn owl
Red kite
Swallow
Yellowhammer
Lapwing
Insects
Brown-banded carder bee
Robberfly Asilus crabroniformis
Short-haired bumble bee
Shrill carder bee
Plants
Broad-fruited cornsalad
Broad-leaved cudweed
Cornflower
Perfoliate penny-cress
Red hemp-nettle
Shepherd’s-needle
Spreading hedge-parsley
Broad-leaved spurge
Corn marigold
Corn parsley
Round-leaved fluellen
Sharp-leaved fluellen
Grass-poly
Pheasant’s-eye
Venus’s-looking-glass

 


Other Open Habitat Action Plans
Chalk and Limeston Grassland Grazing Marshes and Neutral Grasslands Hedgerows Heathland
 
Other Habitat Task Forces
Settlements Earth Heritage Wetland Woodlands




Other Habitat Task Forces
Open Settlements Wetlands Woodlands