Welcome to Horspath Village

Wildlife and Conservation

Badger in Horspath   Bat in old rail tunnel   Toads in Shotover

You can hear the birds singing in Horspath. Do you want them to be silent?

Horspath Wildlife Conservation Area
Volunteers of all ages meet monthly (usually on a Saturday morning, but check which one on the noticeboard by the gate in Butts Road) to look after the woods, wildflower meadow, frogs and toads, bird nesting boxes, paths, ponds, wetland, and the bat tunnel in this 5-acre Wildlife Conservation Area. Please contact Martin Harris for details: 872327. Read the Introduction to the Horspath Wildlife Conservation Area.

Horspath WLCA
Horspath Wildlife Conservation Area Map, updated 2012 © Martin Harris

Bucks, Berks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
Find out about nature reserves to visit, great days out, wildlife advice, and how you can get involved. Visit the BBOWT website.

OWLS:Oxfordshire Wildlife & Landscape Study
An investigation of landscape character and biodiversity across the county. It was jointly sponsored by: Oxfordshire County Council, English Nature, the Countryside Agency and the Northmoor Trust. Whether you are a planner, a conservationist, a resident of Oxfordshire, or are just interested in ecology,
this website is for you.

Oxfordshire Parish Pond Survey
Your pond is important. You can help the survey at Freshwater Habitats Trust. For more information, survey forms and support in surveying your pond, please contact Gill or Robert Gray on 872744.

Wild Oxfordshire
The aims of the Wild Oxfordshire are to help safeguard, maintain and enhance biodiversity and geodiversity in Oxfordshire, and to encourage people from all sectors to enjoy, understand and become involved with conserving the natural environment of Oxfordshire.

Shotover Preservation Society
Founded in 1974 to preserve Shotover in its natural state, against development, for free public access - now monitoring wildlife at the East end of Shotover - local contact: Martin Harris: 872327.

Shotover Wildlife
A voluntary organisation founded in 1999 to research and communicate the importance of Shotover for wildlife. Very full details on the Shotover Wildlife website - or contact Ivan Wright Oxford 874423, or e-mail Shotover Wildlife. In addition to our teaching, research and publishing activities, Field Work Days are held on the Second Sunday of each month, 9:30pm to 3pm. The meeting point varies, so please contact Shotover Wildlife for details. You are most welcome to join us if you are interested in wildlife surveying, SW courses or joining us in the field to learn more about the wildlife of Shotover.

Shotover Wildlife Projects
These projects are:

  • Atlas Project
  • Shotover Natural Heritage
  • Shotover Ancient Trees Project
  • Grassland Habitat Project

Shotover - Grassland Habitat Project
Shotover Wildlife Project - August 2008. Grassland Habitat Project in Horspath Common. Read about this local project on-line or in PDF format - printable version (100 Kb).