Helping pollinators – Conference for Oxfordshire’s Local Environment Groups
Sat 21 July 2018 10:00 – 16:30, Chadlington Memorial Hall, Chadlington.
Habitat fragmentation and loss and are significant known causes of pollinator declines in the UK. This conference is for Oxfordshire’s Local Environment Groups – Through land management advice and case studies we hope to demonstrate that this is within the power and capability of every community group and parish council to do more to help bumble bees and other pollinators. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE
Roselle Chapman our Community Ecologist is aiming to gather a baseline of phase 1 surveys of all sites managed by volunteer groups – so we know who’s managing what habitats and is happy to offer any wildlife advice or support as requested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wild Oxfordshire works to support the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to look after local wildlife. We also provide advice and support to Parish Councils who are interested in conservation and the environment.
We are fortunate in Oxfordshire to have over 80 community groups attracting more than 1,000 volunteers actively working to conserve wildlife in their local ‘patch’. These groups are run by local residents, generally with the support of the parish council. Some groups may be restoring ponds, while others are planting trees and hedgerows, creating meadows or managing their churchyard for wildlife. Example case studies of community led local environment groups can be viewed here: Wychwood’s Suck Seed & Sow, Stoke Wood, SS Mary & John Churchyard, Leafield Community Wood, Horspath Conservation Area, Friends of Lye Valley, Friends of Barton Fields, Friends of Astons Eyot, Daedas Wood and Chipping Norton Medical Centre. The work of each local group is vital to provide a mosaic of essential habitats across our county. Some groups are also contributing to atmospheric carbon reduction through woodland management for woodfuel. If you would like to join a local environment group in your area you will be made very welcome. Find them listed in the Directory according to local authority.
‘Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.’ (Anon)