Cherwell District Wildlife Sites

Cherwell District Council required a robust and transparent system for the selection of sites of local importance in its area referred to as District Wildlife Sites (DWS). This includes updating the evidence base and assessment of proposed sites.

TVERC started a project for Cherwell District Council in 2013, resulting in the identification of 63 sites of potential district importance for wildlife. The project was desk-based, using information from local groups and experts alongside TVERC datasets and knowledge of rejected and denotified LWS. TVERC has also recommended selection criteria for Cherwell District Wildlife Sites based on the existing Local Wildlife Site criteria, but with lower thresholds and requirements. The criteria also assess the local importance of sites for recreation and community use and place more emphasis on connectivity.

Stage 4 of this project carried out in 2018 included the survey of 3 of the proposed DWSs (to update the evidence base) and organisation of a site selection panel to assess sites that had adequate data available against the selection criteria. Citations were produced for all sites accepted as DWS.