Conservation Target Area (CTA) Leads & Friends is a forum for conservation land managers in Oxfordshire, a space for exchanging ideas, knowledge and information about the management of priority habitats and species within CTAs. It aims to help create more wild spaces, bigger areas for landscape-scale conservation, better management of current reserves and joined and interconnected wildlife areas.
The CTA Leads group is coordinated by Wild Oxfordshire and made up of leading conservation organisations, local authorities and grass roots environment groups. It meets on a twice-yearly basis. ‘Leads’ from larger organisations actively engage landowners in strategic areas to influence land management. All Leads act as a point of contact for local “friends’ and any other group active in habitat management work within their CTAs. Lead organisations act as a source of knowledge and information, share best practice, look for opportunities to develop projects with local groups and seek out funding opportunities. They report to Wild Oxfordshire on an annual basis about conservation activities carried out in CTAs, and Wild Oxfordshire compiles and presents this to the Biodiversity Advisory Group. Wild Oxfordshire supports CTA Leads by providing information directly and through the fortnightly Bulletin, hosting meetings and providing a platform for sharing (see the Directory).