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Wetland Habitat Task Force

A range of quite different wetland habitats is present in Oxfordshire. Many of these support very specialised communities of plants and animals which have a very limited distribution in England. Much of the wetland habitat has been lost as a result of drainage and conversion to intensive agriculture, pollution due to run-off from farms, river engineering and flood control. In recent years there has been considerable effort to reverse these changes. However, there remains a need to restore and recreate wetlands on a much larger scale if we are to see the successful re-establishment of wetland species such as the otter.

The Wetlands Habitat Action Plan (HAP) is in reality a suite of Action Plans that is made up of 7 individual HAPs (Canals, Fens and Flushes, Gravel Pits, Ponds, Reedbeds, Reservoirs, Rivers and Ditches). The Wetland Habitat Task Force is chaired by Graham Scholey, Environment Agency.

Membership includes:

• Environment Agency
• Lower Windrush Valley Project
• English Nature
• British Waterways
• Thames Water
• Ponds Conservation Trust
• ONCF
• Oxfordshire Ornithological Society
• Defra
• RSPB

A progress report is currently being put together and will be ready by the end of May 04.

Some species which will benefit from this HAP:- 

Mammals
Otter
Water vole
Water shrew
Birds
Bittern
Reed bunting
Reed warbler
Cetti’s warbler
Curlew
Kingfisher
Lapwing
Little grebe
Little ringed plover
Pintail
Redshank
Ringed plover
Sedge warbler
Shoveler
Snipe
Water rail
Amphibians
Great crested newt
Fish
Barbel
Brook lamprey
Brown trout
Bullhead
Grayling
Insects and other invertebrates
Brighton wainscot moth
Southern damselfly
Snails and freshwater mussels
White-clawed crayfish
Banded damoiselle
Club-tailed dragonfly
Downy emerald dragonfly
Keeled skimmer dragonfly
Small red damselfly
Scarlet tiger moth
Soldierfly Stratiomys chamaeleon
Plants
Creeping marshwort
Crass-wrack pondweed
Greater water-parsnip
True fox-sedge
Norfolk flapwort
Black poplar
Common meadow-rue
Cuckooflower
Devil’s-bit scabious
Fen violet
Frogbit
Great burnet
Marsh helleborine
Marsh valerian
Ragged-Robin
Snake’s-head fritillary
Sphagnum mosses
Summer snowflake
Yellow loosestrife

 


Other Habitat Task Forces
Earth Heritage Open Habitats Settlements Woodlands

Other Habitat Task Forces
Open Settlements Wetlands Woodlands