Biodiversity refers the great variety of life: the plants and animals that live in the air, on the land, and in wetlands, rivers and seas. Conserving biodiversity is key to achieving sustainable development and intimately connected to environmental issues such as climate change, pollution and disposal of waste. Listen to this podcast to find out why biodiversity is important.
Oxfordshire has a diverse geology crossed by eight river systems creating a gentle yet complex landscape. It supports a wide variety of habitats, from fragrant chalk grasslands scented with wild to thyme to beech woodlands filled with bluebells; from pockets of damp reedy fen and acid grassland to marshy meadows full of birds. It is home to many rare and threatened plants and animals and has a high proportion of locally, nationally and internationally important sites; 36 Conservation Target Areas (CTAs), 7 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) 111 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and 472 Local Wildlife Sites.
Wild Oxfordshire hosts and coordinates Oxfordshire’s Biodiversity Advisory Group. This group meets on a quarterly basis to set biodiversity strategy for the county and feed into initiatives such as Conservation Target Areas and the State of Nature in Oxfordshire Report 2017, as well as county strategies including Oxfordshire’s Strategic Environmental Economic Investment Plan (SEEIP) and the Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy (OxIS). we work closely with several other Oxfordshire-based groups including Sylva Foundation, who produced In a Nutshell – a Woodland Strategy for Oxfordshire in 2016.