Biodiversity 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. We aim to protect and enhance it.

Looking after our habitats

TOE has a variety of grants available to support projects that meet the following general criteria. Individual funds may also have additional conditions.

  • Improve the overall biodiversity of habitats including woodlands, ponds, rivers, meadows, greenspaces and the wider countryside..

  • Improve breeding or habitat conditions for particular species, e.g. planting nectar rich plants for bumblebees.

  • Expand the biodiversity resource within the 36 Conservation Target Areas (CTAs).

  • Improve the quality, quantity and/or coverage of voluntary species recording in Berkshire and Oxfordshire (see TVERC scheme below)

Further information on CTA’s and NERC Act S41 Habitats of Principal Importance (previously called BAP priority habitats and species) is available from Wild Oxfordshire.

Guidelines on landscape character and biodiversity down to the Parish level can be found at The Oxfordshire Wildlife and Landscape Study (OWLS).

Further information on Conservation Target Areas (CTAs), Biodiversity Opportunity Areas and BAP priority habitats and species is available from Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre & Oxfordshire County Council.

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Network Rail

(biodiversity offsetting)

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Network Rail is making funds available for biodiversity following unavoidable habitat loss resulting from the electrification of the Great Western Railway line.

Projects are expected between the range of £10,000 and £100,000. The next deadline for Stage 1 applications for outline project proposals is 3rd September; the final deadline is 26th October. Following this no new project submissions will be accepted.

Development Offsets

(biodiversity offsetting)

Local planning authorities can make developers fund biodiversity offsetting projects to compensate for habitat losses at development sites. We're able to administer these funds and offer grants for suitable sites and projects.

Available grants can vary enormously from case to case, and they are usually restricted for use in a specific local area. 

TVERC recorders grant scheme

Small 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