Over 100 people representing some 45 organisations, including local government, businesses, land owners, farmers, conservation and statutory organisations, attended Oxfordshire’s State of Nature report launch at Blenheim Palace on 21 March 2017. Dominic Hare, the CE of Blenheim Palace, opened the event with an over-view of the important role a healthy, functioning natural environment plays in the success of the Blenheim Estate.
The key-note speech was given by Professor David Macdonald, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford (WildCru). WildCru research, in particular their work on wildlife and farming, contributed to many aspects of the State of Nature report. The speech had is basis in the foreword to the full version of State of Nature report, and a video of it can be viewed here:
Other contributors to the launch were drawn from across the conservation sector: Graham Scholey (EA and chair of Oxfordshire’s Biodiversity Advisory Group); Emma Marsh, Director of the Midlands Region, RSPB; Judy Webb, ecologist and volunteering champion and Martin Layer, Planning & Estates Manager at Smiths of Bletchingdon. Presentations are available to watch or download at the foot of this page.
During the launch a specially commissioned video was played, written and filmed by 13 year-old Alex White it gives his generation’s view of the future of our natural environment. Expressing his fears for what could be lost and his hopes that everyone of us will do something to make a difference to the future of wildlife in our county.
The report was very favourably received, and a short video of some responses to the report and how it could be put to use in the future can be viewed below. This video shows clips from (in order of appearance): Richard Venables, Board Member Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership; Alistair Yeomans, Sylva Foundation and Oxford University; Craig Blackwell, retired Oxfordshire county ecologist; Karen Woolley, Chairman of the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment; Rachel Sanderson, Land Manager Oxford Preservation Trust; Robin Buxton, founder and patron of Wild Oxfordshire; Tim Field, Daylesford and Agricology.
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