Looking back at 2020...

We can't believe what a year this has been! A very challenging year, Covid 19 has changed our lives during 2020 and brought into focus the importance of spending time in nature with many people discovering and appreciating nature for the first time right on their doorstep.

Here at TVERC, we have seen on of our busiest years ever even with the changes in the team! Despite a late start 45 Local Wildlife Sites have been surveyed in Berkshire and Oxfordshire with many exciting findings and explorations of some of the best examples of priority habitats in the area. Our biodiversity officers are now in the middle of analysing results and report write-ups, ready for decision-making on the future of the sites that were surveyed this year.

We have also been in involved in a myriad of projects including the Nature Recovery Network for Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire Treescapes, Road Verge Nature Reserves in Berkshire, just to name a few.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel all our face to face events and for the first time ever we held our Autumn Conference online. The series of talks over the two days demonstrated how so many of us, despite restrictions and following appropriate guidelines, are still very much as busy as ever in dedicating our work to better enhance and protect our natural environment. You can check some of the presentations here. We are currently making preparation for our next conference which will still be held online, find out more here.

We have seen an influx of data coming from a variety of sources and have broke our record for the most number of data sets in a year! It has also been great to see people getting involved and submitting their sightings. We currently hold over 3.4 million records records in Berkshire and Oxfordshire plus information about Local Wildlife and Geological Sites, NERC Act S41 Habitats of Principal Importance and Ecological Networks (Conservation Target Areas and Biodiversity Opportunity Areas) ensuring this information is available to the thousands of people who access them each year to better enhance and protect our natural environment.

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2021!


Posted: December 22, 2020