Many thanks to all who contributed to Oxfordshire County Council's consultation before the deadline on this important issue - Bicester Wetland Reserve has been saved from road development!

In December 2015 we asked BOS members to respond to a Public Consultation on options for a South East Perimeter Road for Bicester. There were two possible routes, Options 1A and 1B meant a substantial, banked road being built across the centre of Bicester Wetland Reserve, effectivity cutting the reserve in two. Option 2 missed the reserve by some distance and followed open country.

We are delighted to report that after the consultation Option 2 was chosen, thus avoiding the reserve and it’s diverse and varied wildlife.

There were 525 responses to the consultation from individual respondents and stakeholders' representatives and 62% of respondents “strongly support” or “tend to support” Option 2.  Furthermore, 358 respondents who stated a preference for Option 2 cited that the route had a lesser impact on wildlife.

Very many thanks to BOS members for making their views known.  We were supported by friends in the Oxford Ornithological Society, RSPB, BBOWT, birders from other areas and members of the general public who recognized the importance of the reserve which is already surrounded on every side by building and development.

Alan Peters, Volunteer Warden

Bars and Spots - Mixed Fortunes of our Woodpeckers - Ken Smith

Ken Smith is a former research scientist with RSPB and has been studying woodpeckers for over 30 years but has always been heavily involved with local birding and recording through the Herts Bird Club, bird ringing and the BTO. Read more ...

Depending upon Covid-19 restrictions nearer the time this year's count may have to be posponed until restrictions have been lifted.  Please note further guidance will appear here and in the Newsletters nearer the time.

The Long Day Count is carried out by teams of observers in each of the twelve 10km squares recording the number of bird species seen during a maximum of 12 daylight hours on the second Sunday in May each year. Read more ...

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