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

Steart Marshes  -  Tim McGrath,  Head of Working Wetland Landscapes at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Rising sea levels are putting the squeeze on our coasts, so WWT and the Environment Agency have created Steart Marshes, near Bridgwater – one of the UK’s largest new wetland reserves. Read more ...

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

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