State of Nature 2017

Inspired by the national State of Nature initiative led by the RSPB, Oxfordshire's State of Nature report has been two years in development and includes a marvelous compendium of facts, figures and case studies, contributed by numerous individuals and organisations across Oxfordshire, including the BOS.

BOS contributed a case study (Grimsbury Woodland) as well as some key statistics relating to loss of hedgerows and farmland birds taken from Trevor Easterbrook’s "Birds of the Heart of England".

The report's overall findings are that sadly the overall trend is towards loss and decline in nature, especially for farmland and woodland wildlife, but it also gives clear direction on the way forward needed to reverse this trend and highlights the action required across many sectors.

Essential reading for anyone with an interest and concern for nature in Oxfordshire, it is also beautifully produced and includes images taken by many local photographers. Led by Wild Oxfordshire, the report is available in two formats on the Wild Oxfordshire website - a Highlights report and a Full report. See Wild Oxfordshire - State of Nature.

The Full report in particular is a great source of information about who is doing what and where, including an inspiring collection of case studies from across the county. BOS also made a small contribution towards the production and printing costs.

Behind the scenes at Otmoor - David Wilding

David Wilding last came to discuss Otmoor at one of our meetings in 2012 and has now put together a new talk from behind the scenes. Read more ...

A survey where observers are each given a randomly selected 1km square and record all species and numbers of each for a minimum period of 2 hours between 9am and noon. Read more ...

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