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Biodiversity

Biological diversity is the variety of life and its processes; it includes the variety of living organisms, the genetic differences among them and the communities and ecosystems in which they occur.

 

TOE2 can support projects that:

  • Improve the overall biodiversity of habitats including woodlands, ponds, rivers, meadows, green spaces and the wider countryside
  • Improve the quality, quantity and/or coverage of voluntary species recording in Berkshire and Oxfordshire (see below).
  • Improve breeding or habitat conditions for particular species, eg; planting nectar rich plants for bumblebees
  • Expand the biodiversity resource within the 36 Conservation Target Areas (CTAs). Further information on CTA’s and NERC Act S41 Habitats of Principal Importance (previously called BAP priority habitats and species) is available from www.wildoxfordshire.org.uk

Useful guidelines on landscape character and general biodiversity down to the Parish level can be found at The Oxfordshire Wildlife and Landscape Study (OWLS) -
http://owls.oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

Further information on Conservation Target Areas (CTAs), Biodiversity Opportunity Areas and BAP priority habitats and species is available from:

 

Wild Oxfordshire – www.wildoxfordshire.org.uk

Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre – www.tverc.org

Oxfordshire County Council -
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/naturalenvironment

 

TVERC Recorders Grant Scheme

Grants are available to support work that improves the quality, quantity or coverage of voluntary recording in Berkshire or Oxfordshire.

 

Examples of what the funding can be used towards include:

  • Digitising paper records
  • Running training courses or activities to recruit new recorders and improve the quality of voluntary recording.
  • Training for volunteers
  • Publication of atlases and checklists
  • Cost of setting up or running a recording group
  • Purchase of equipment for field survey work
  • Purchase of data management tools
  • Provision of travel expenses for volunteers

 

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Information sheet for applicants

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TOE2 Grant Application Form

Case Studies

  • Duke’s Cut Pond Local Wildlife Site (£6,253)

    This former gravel pit is a valuable wetland site with a mosaic of habitats.  The site had become overgrown and local Wildlife Trust BBOWT sought TOE2 funding to support pollarding overgrown trees, thinning back scrub and cutting back reeds in order to create open water areas.  The work will lead to better conditions for a range of wetland plants and animals. (Image courtesy of Erin Murton)

  • Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Community Orchard (£2,149)

    A community orchard of local and traditional fruit trees has been created at the heart of the village, under-planted with wildflowers.  This has created a new orchard habitat, a place where wildlife can flourish and where local people can gather fruit and enjoy a local green space.

  • River of Life (£10,000)

    TOE2 and Grundon Waste Management Ltd were delighted to be a part of the Earth Trust’s visionary landscape scale wetland creation project beside the river Thames in South Oxfordshire.  Our funding supported the establishment of priority habitats including reed beds, wet woodland and lowland meadows.

  • Hartslock Nature Reserve (£1,215)

    Hartslock nature reserve is a south facing, unimproved, species rich chalk downland hill overlooking the river Thames near Goring and managed by the local Wildlife Trust BBOWT.  Species such as tor grass are outcompeting the finer and more delicate grasses and wildflowers, which has been resulting in a dramatic decrease in plant diversity at this site where there are many nationally endangered species. Strip grazing by BBOWT’s primitive breed of sheep, accustomed to this type of low nutritional value grass, is focussed in the tor grass growing period of May through to June, reducing the vigour of the tor grass and breaking up the litter layer allowing more light to get to the low growing plants.  TOE2 funding supported two electric fencing units powered by solar powered energisers, enabling the strip grazing to be managed effectively.

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