2018 Survey Highlights from Oxfordshire

Article written by Julie Kerans, Oxfordshire Biodiversity Officer

 

This year TVERC carried out surveys of 42 existing and proposed Local Wildlife Sites in Oxfordshire. Thanks to the help of our volunteers, specialist species group surveys were completed on several sites for invertebrates and rare plants. Species data entry is almost complete with over 5300 records added.

We visited an ex-quarry site near Bicester that had a fine example of open mosaic habitat on previously developed land. It included areas of early successional vegetation, bare ground, ponds, marshy areas, rough grassland and scrub. Interesting plants found here include narrow-leaved bird’s-foot-trefoil, southern marsh orchid and common stork’s-bill. There were many butterflies including Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Brimstone, Common Blue, Small Heath, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Small Copper.   

In June we surveyed Peppard Common in the Chilterns. The site is mainly wooded with open sections of acid grassland and areas of heather including ling and bell heather. The woodland is not considered ancient but has species typical of long established woodland such as slender St. John’s-wort, yellow archangel, wood sorrel, sanicle, wood melick, wood millet and wood meadow-grass. The grassland includes many species indicative of acidic soils with sheep’s sorrel, heath wood-rush, pill sedge, wavy hair-grass, tormentil and heath bedstraw.     

Posted: December 3, 2018