Saving Oxford’s Wetland Wildlife

Saving Oxford’s Wetland Wildlife is helping people and communities to get involved in conserving Oxford’s rare and varied freshwater wildlife.

The Oxford area is a national hotspot for freshwater biodiversity, ranking in importance alongside famous areas such as the Norfolk Broads, the Lake District and the New Forest. Unfortunately for the people of Oxford, it is also an area prone to serious flooding. To help alleviate this, the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme is being developed, which will help to protect Oxford’s houses and businesses. Saving Oxford’s Wetland Wildlife is helping to ensure that the full environmental and community benefit of the flood scheme can be realised. 

The project is working with schools, community groups and individuals across Oxford to:

Raise awareness of Oxford’s water environment

We are running a series of free public talks about Oxford’s freshwater heritage and wildlife, and the opportunities created by the flood scheme. In addition, we will be hosting regular site visits and guided walks to some of Oxford’s most valuable wetland sites. Take a look at our ‘Get Involved‘ page to find out about upcoming events.

Monitor wildlife and water quality

Since spring 2019, Oxford residents have been helping us to undertake baseline monitoring that will help to underpin the long-term monitoring of the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme. It’s not too late to join in with this, so head here to find out about our Oxford City WaterBlitz and other upcoming opportunities. 

Practical conservation of freshwater habitats and species

Oxford is a critical area for freshwater biodiversity, yet over the last 20 years, many of its key species have declined significantly or have already been lost. Remaining habitats are at threat from drainage, scrub encroachment and widespread water pollution.

Unique and pioneering work by local ecologists has shown it is possible to reverse these declines through habitat creation and suitable management of fens, ponds and wetlands.  This is helping to save plant and animal species that are threatened nationally, and are at risk of local extinction in Oxford and the Thames Valley.

Saving Oxford’s Wetland Wildlife is applying these successful techniques at a number of key sites in and around Oxford to help protect and restore the exceptional freshwater biodiversity of the Oxford area.

Find out more…

Saving Oxford’s Wetland Wildlife is primarily funded by Thames Water and the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE) with funding from Grundon Waste Management, with additional generous support from the Hyne Trust, R G Hills Charitable Trust and the Martin Wills Wildlife Maintenance Trust.