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local enVIRONMENT groups

In Oxfordshire there are over 80 groups with over 1,000 volunteers that are actively working to conserve wildlife in their local 'patch'. These are run by local residents generally with the support of the parish council. Some may be restoring ponds, while others are planting trees and hedgerows or managing their churchyard for wildlife.  The work of each local group is vial to provide a mosaic of essential habitats across the county.

If you have time to help out on your local patch, if only for a couple of hours now and the you will be made welcome. To  find your nearest group click below on your district council and download a list of conservation groups in your area. Cherwell, Oxford, South, Vale, West.

Our work with local groups is to support existing local groups and to encourage the setting up of new groups. We can help groups with information on skills training, funding opportunities, finding advisors on habitat management and much more. Please email Cynth if you would like any help.

Click here for a map of the 36 Target Areas in Oxfordshire. During 2006-2008 Cynth will be focussing some of her work in 5 of these areas.

You can download a Parish Conservation Plan Pack. The aim of the pack is to give communities, that have limited wildlife and conservation knowledge, a step-by-step approach to recording the species and habitats in their parish. Click here to download the Pack, it shouldn’t take too long to print. If you have any comments or suggestions on the pack please email clare@oncf.org.uk we plan to update it on a quarterly basis. If you would like to do more detailed survey work then please contact Gavin Bird at TVERC gavin.bird@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Best Practise - some local groups have kindly shared their experiences that may be of help to other local groups.

Oxford Urban Wildlife Group - getting outside help for their ambitious conservation project on old allotments off Iffley Road in Oxford.

Mill Meadows - an example of a management plan giving a focus for the group's work.

Woodcote Conservation Group - a detailed month by month action plan.