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Local Wildlife Site designation for Waterstock
We are pleased to announce that River Thame flood meadows at Waterstock have received formal designation as a new Local Wildlife Site. It acknowledges Waterstock’s exceptional variety of bird species, including the rare breeding curlew, and its importance as a habitat for otters, other mammals and endangered plants.
Local Wildlife Sites are special places, recognised for having high wildlife value or containing rare or threatened habitats and species of county or national importance. So, it is a serious accolade for the historic, Oxfordshire village of Waterstock’s flood meadows to receive this designation via the Oxfordshire Local Wildlife Sites Project.
The designation is testament to the hard work of RTCT birding volunteers, led by the ever enthusiastic Volunteer and RTCT Trustee, Nick Marriner, as well as keen local landowners and a collaboration with other groups including Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC) and Berkshire Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Bucks Owl and Raptor Group and Freshwater Habitats Trust.
…..and it is all over the news too!
On the back of the wildlife site designation there has been a flurry of interest and activity from all sorts of media outlets including TV, radio, online and the newspapers. You can watch, listen and read all about it at the following links!
ITV – (awaiting link)
BBC Oxford news – (see right)
BBC radio – click here (from 2h10min – 2h16)
Oxford Mail – click here
Oxford Times – click here
Thame.net – click here
BBC news website – click here
If you would like to read the full press release which gives more information then please click here.
Over £300,000 of funding secured for projects on the River Thame!
We are thrilled to announce that the River Thame Conservation Trust in partnership with the Freshwater Habitats Trust has secured over £300,000 from the Environment Agency’s Water Environment Grant to undertake some exciting projects along the River Thame.
Three projects will be funded over the next two years including:
Alien’s spotted on the River Thame
Your river needs you! Help remove non-native invasive plants from the Thame and its tributaries
The pesky non-native plant, Himalayan balsam, has established itself along the Bear Brook, Aylesbury, and some of its tributaries. This plant bullies its way into habitat, over shading and outcompeting native flora. It’s an explosive disperser, and within a relatively short time can take over whole riverbanks, forming dense stands of nothing but balsam.
All is not lost as Himalayan balsam can be effectively removed from streams with just a quick sharp pull and this removal has already begun. Last year the River Thame Conservation Trust and volunteers cleared large swaths of balsam along the streams of Aylesbury, freeing up space for native plants. This year the battle of the brook continues with several work parties planned for May.
The brooks of Aylesbury are a fantastic local amenity with wildlife living right on people’s doorsteps. Stopping the spread of invasive plants, like balsam, is one of the many ways the local community can help to protect and maintain their babbling brooks.
For more information on the balsam bashing work parties please visit: https://riverthame.org/events/
There are a number of other events that we would love to see some of you at over the next few months including:
Riverfly training in Prices Risborough (1st June)
Balsam Bashing in Towersy (13th July)
Please see the events page for details https://riverthame.org/events/