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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

Mammals
Dormouse
Roe deer
Polecat
Yellow-necked mouse
Birds
Spotted flycatcher
Blackcap
Buzzard
Chiffchaff
Coal tit
Grasshopper warbler
Lesser spotted woodpecker
Nuthatch
Pied flycatcher
Red kite

Redstart
Tawny owl
Treecreeper
Willow tit
Insects
Black-headed cardinal beetle
Black-hairstreak butterfly
Duke of burgundy butterfly
Grizzled skipper butterfly
White admiral butterfly
Wood white butterfly
Hornet
Hoverfly Criorhina berberina
Plants
Devil’s bolete
Orange-fruited elm lichen
Bluebell
Early-purple orchid
Herb-Paris
Moschatel
Mosses
Narrow-lipped helleborine
Spindle
Wild service tree
Wood anemone

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

Membership includes:

• BBOWT
• Woodland Trust
• Oxfordshire Woodland Project
• Chilterns Woodland Project
• English Nature
• Forestry Commission
• ONCF

 


Other Habitat Task Forces
Earth Heritage Open Habitats Settlements Wetlands
Open Settlements Wetlands Woodlands