Wild Oxfordshire’s Community Ecology project provides advice and training to increase the capacity of communities to improve local biodiversity. In Oxfordshire over 80 volunteer groups manage about 1000 ha for wildlife and people. We need to support more communities to improve local green spaces.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2021 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1131540)
Community ecologists are at their best when they have the capacity to invest in getting to know the local politics, the personalities and what’s happening on the ground. It’s why there isn’t really a ‘manual’ that can replace the role.
As a charity run by volunteers we really appreciate Wild Oxfordshire's work in connecting us with other organisations, providing support for funding and helping publicise what we do.
Wild Oxfordshire plays a unique and vital role in linking and supporting ecological and environment groups across Oxfordshire most of whom consist of volunteers.
Wildlife diversity continues to plummet in Oxfordshire despite protected sites. We must make existing habitats bigger, better and more connected to reverse this trend. Local communities want to do their bit. Many have declared a “Climate and Ecological Emergency”. They are concerned about loss of green spaces to development and value access to nature for health and wellbeing. Emerging Local Nature Recovery Strategies rely on local input, but voluntary groups lack leadership and expertise.
With extra staff time we will help more grassroots groups: •Responding to enquiries from emerging groups, providing training and advice. •Supporting parishes doing neighbourhood plans, ensuring they maximise biodiversity. •Reaching out to urban environment groups, providing advice on integrating wildlife diversity with carbon capture. •Providing training in ecological recording and managing land for wildlife and climate change. •Growing knowledge-sharing networks; introducing on-line tools.
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