Wild Banbury Project

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The Berks Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) has been particularly busy developing this in both Spiceball Park and Hanwell Brook wetland.
A new webpage has been set up for this project which includes details on the activities being undertaken on the 2 sites. Click the link above for the next volunteer day.

A practical conservation volunteer group was launched in October 2016 with eleven sessions taking place before Christmas, including three taster days with guided walks of the sites. Turnout is increasing each week and includes twelve participants completely new to conservation volunteering.

In Spiceball Park the volunteers have been working on the river banks removing excess brash from the newly opened areas as well as undertaking some coppicing work in the woodland area on the east field. The plan is to clear a footpath through one of the planted areas to aid movement on that side of the river.

BBOWT is hoping to undertake some planting on the east field on the landfill area to provide a new habitat type (scrub) which will be attractive to birds. This will aid the biodiversity on this side of the River Cherwell and also compensate for the removal of some trees in other areas.

On the wetland site they have been undertaking more coppicing work where the trees are encroaching onto the open space and board walk.

The programme of work will include the development of ponds on both sites. It is likely that these will dry up in prolonged dry weather however they will provide great habitats for a range of amphibians and insects and useful tools when schools are invited to visit the areas.

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