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

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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