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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 

Mammals
Barbastelle bat
Bechstein bat
Pipistrelle bat
Birds
Bullfinch
Song thrush
Spotted flycatcher
Blue tit
Dunnock
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
House martin
Swift
Tawny owl
Reptiles
Grass snake
Slow-worm
Amphibians
Great crested newt
Insects
Stag beetle
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 .

Membership includes:

  • BBOWT
  • BTCV
  • Oxfordshire Rural Community Council
  • Oxfordshire Federation of Womens' Institutes
  • Oxford Urban Wildlife Group
  • Oxford City Council
  • Oxfordshire Schools Sustainability Project Officer
  • ONCF

 


Other Habitat Task Forces
Earth Heritage Open Wetlands Woodlands



Other Habitat Task Forces
Open Settlements Wetlands Woodlands