Woodland Habitat Task Force
Oxfordshire has several woodland types of exceptional importance for wildlife.
Woodland covers an area of over 17,000 Ha, approximately 6% of the total area
of Oxfordshire. About 75% of this is considered to be of ancient origin, i.e.
having had continuous woodland cover since at least 1600 AD. Nevertheless, in
certain parts of the county, woodlands have become very isolated or largely
removed altogether. Parts of the Clay Vale and much of the Thames floodplain
in particular have lost most of their woodland cover.
Some species which will benefit from this HAP
Lesser spotted woodpecker
Black-headed cardinal beetle
Duke of burgundy butterfly
Grizzled skipper butterfly
White admiral butterfly
Wood white butterfly
Hoverfly Criorhina berberina
Orange-fruited elm lichen
Wild service tree
The Woodland Habitat Task Force is now working at a three county woodland level.
The issues are very similar across Berks, Bucks and Oxon and many of the key
people involved cover areas which cross county boundaries. A collaborative approach
is of benefit to all involved. This fits in neatly with the newly formed Berks,
Bucks and Oxon Woodland Forum. The forum is a much wider audience, involving
land managers/owners, professional forestry agents, local authorities as well
as Government Agencies and NGOs.
To ensure progress is made for the coming year 6 priorities have been identified
that the BBO Woodland Biodiversity Group will focus on.
1. Produce a new HAP for BBO
2. Respond to RFF consultation
3. Create a Woodland Biodiversity website
4. Mapping of woodland priority habitats (1st phase)
5. Link biodiversity to woodland events
6. Produce factsheets
• Woodland Trust
• Oxfordshire Woodland Project
• Chilterns Woodland Project
• English Nature
• Forestry Commission