Habitat Improvements at Bicester Wetland Reserve

In January 2019 the BOS received a grant from Thames Water and this enabled us to hire an 8 tonne excavator and driver for 3 full days of work on the reserve.

In the past few months we have experienced difficulties in moving water through the reserve while at the same time maintaining the shallow depths to pools to ensure muddy edges are exposed and attracting waders such as Common Snipe. By digging trenches we were able to lay two additional drain pipes at the southern end of the reserve and increase the flow of water drained thus helping us maintain the desired levels. 

A second task was to scrape away sections of unwanted vegetation such as hard rush Juncus inflexus at water edges and on the retaining bunds to expose mud and allow observers clear views.

Our thanks to Ian Crump Biodiversity Field Officer at Thames Water for his help and encouragement.

We have also had a work party reed cutting, involving Reg Tipping and his team plus some of the regular users of the reserve. The reed bed attracts Water Rail, Reed Bunting and good numbers of Reed Warblers in the spring and summer and in recent months a Cetti’s Warbler has also been in residence.

BWR Reed Cutting

Alan Peters, Volunteer Warden

This meeting has been postponed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. We will reschedule this meeting when social gathering restrictions have been lifted.

Ecology and conservation of the Sociable Lapwing. -  Rob Sheldon

Please note this is 1 week earlier than usual because of Easter

The Sociable Lapwing has suffered huge declines in range and population and is now listed as critically endangered.  RSPB is working with a number of partners on the breeding grounds in Kazakhstan and on the migration routes and wintering areas in the Middle East and Africa to work out why this enigmatic and beautiful species has declined. Read more ...

COVID-19 Update 25th March 2020: This survey will not go ahead this year due to government travel restrictions.

A survey of breeding birds, conducted using 3 visits over 3 months to a random 1km square. Read more ...

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