Settlements Habitats Task Force
Although Oxfordshire is predominantly a rural county, most of the people live
in towns and villages. The largest population centres are currently Oxford,
Witney, Banbury and Bicester, and towns such as Didcot, Carterton and Thame
are undergoing considerable expansion. Many of these built-up areas retain habitats
of considerable importance for wildlife and provide opportunities for local
people to become actively involved in their stewardship. Oxford in particular
has a large number of very important areas for wildlife, from flood meadows
and fens through to ancient woodland and heathland. The Thames, Isis and Cherwell
and green areas surrounding them are important corridors for wildlife.
Some species which will benefit from this HAP
Great crested newt
Large garden bumble bee
This task force brings together different sectors of society to work together
for nature conservation including health, community groups, business and schools.
ONCF’s Development Officer, Cynth Napper is primarily working
on this now some of her time is freed up from the
Jubilee Wildlife Spaces Project .
- Oxfordshire Rural Community Council
- Oxfordshire Federation of Womens' Institutes
- Oxford Urban Wildlife Group
- Oxford City Council
- Oxfordshire Schools Sustainability Project Officer