Oxfordshire's Biodiversity Action Plan | Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire's Biodiversity Action Plan

Conserving biodiversity for Oxfordshire’s wildlife and people.

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The report

The following report contains more detail on Oxfordshire’s Biodiversity Action Plan and explains how it is delivered through the Conservation Target Areas approach.

About the plan

Oxfordshire has been one of the first counties to develop a spatial approach to biodiversity action planning which highlights the main biodiversity hotspots in the county through Conservation Target Areas (CTAs). These help direct conservation work in the county.

The Biodiversity Action Plan for Oxfordshire is hosted by Wild Oxfordshire (formerly Oxfordshire Nature Conservation Forum) and includes:

  • The Conservation Target Areas (CTAs) Map and statements
  • Oxfordshire BAP habitat targets.

The Biodiversity Action Plan for Oxfordshire belongs to everyone. Local businesses, organisations, statutory bodies, parish councils, groups and individuals can all make a valuable contribution, working on your own land or working in partnership with others.

Looking after wildlife in small reserves and patches across the county is no longer enough. We need to reconnect existing habitats, create new habitats, and re-green our city and towns, focusing on those areas where our efforts will make the most difference. Areas outside the CTAs can also be valuable for wildlife – the Oxfordshire Wildlife and Landscape Study sets out priorities for every part of Oxfordshire.

What are Conservation Target Areas?

There are 36 CTAs in Oxfordshire. Their aim is to restore biodiversity at a landscape-scale through the maintenance, restoration and creation of BAP priority habitats.

The CTAs contain 95% of the SSSI land area in Oxfordshire and 74% of the Local Wildlife Sites.

Each CTA supports one or more of the 20 UK BAP priority habitats found in Oxfordshire.

They cover 17% of the land area of Oxfordshire but contain 85% of the mapped UK BAP priority habitat and 83% of all records of UK BAP priority species.

There are maps, statements and targets for the CTAs with active partnerships working in them, coordinated by ONCF’s Biodiversity Project Manager.

UK BAP priority species and habitats

Priority Habitats are recognised as being of principal importance for the conservation of biodiversity within the UK. Within England there are 65 UK BAP priority habitats; listed under S41 of the NERC Act (2006). In Oxfordshire there are 20 UK BAP priority habitats which are widely distributed through the county.

Many of these are designated as Special Areas of Conservation, Sites of Special Scientific Interest or Local Wildlife Sites.

There are 1149 BAP priority species in UK with 231 recorded in Oxfordshire from 1989 – 2009.

BAP species include rare and declining species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians,  invertebrates, plants and fungi.   Up to date information on current known distribution of habitats and species is collated by the Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre.

A list of UK BAP priority species and habitats found within Oxfordshire is available from Wild Oxfordshire (formerly Oxfordshire Nature Conservation Forum).

    Further information

    For more information contact the County Ecology Officer.

    Last reviewed
    19 March 2014
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