Saturday, 5 December 2015

URGENT: please help defend Bicester Wetland Reserve

Please spare ten minutes in the next two weeks to help defend BicesterWetland Reserve, a wetland jewel on the outskirts of Bicester, now threatened by a major new ring road.
Oxfordshire County Council are conducting a consultation on two options for the new road:
·         Options 1A and 1B are very similar and involve building a raised road across Bicester Wetland Nature Reserve.
·         Option 2 is across open country and misses the Reserve completely.

There is a feedback form which gives members of the public the opportunity to state their preferences and is available on line. Please log onto:
This website gives you the outline to the scheme, explains the options and provides a link to the Feedback Form.  There are seven questions in total, the most important are questions one and two.
Question One – please tick “do not support at all” for Options 1a and 1b. You can remain neutral or support option 2.
Question Two – please select “Southern alignment: Route Option 2”
Question Three – please describe why you think it is important to protect the Bicester Wetland Reserve as an important wildlife site for the area.

The number of responses matter so please make sure you complete the form before the deadline of 18 December.
Some extra details about the reserve:
·        The reserve is situated just outside Bicester, one of the fastest-growing towns in Europe.
·         It was established in 1999 and is an increasingly important area for wildlife and a veritable oasis within this rapidly developing town.
·         Major wintering site for Teal - regular counts of 250-350, also good numbers of Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon.
·         Up to 130 Common Snipe winter here, also regular numbers of Jack Snipe. Breeding water birds include Little Grebe. Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen and Kingfisher. Water Rail are regular throughout the winter and possibly also stay to breed.
·         The reserve is a regular site for Green Sandpipers with a maximum day count of 23. Altogether 18 species of wader have been recorded on the reserve.
·         Nine species of warbler have been recorded on the reserve, 8 of which have bred there. In total 126 bird species have been recorded, 17 species of mammal (including Otter), 23 species of Butterfly, 14 species of Dragonfly, 3 Amphibians including Great Crested Newt and we have regular Grass Snakes.
·         We have even had a few local rarities: Glossy Ibis, Red-necked Phalarope, Great White Egret, Bearded Tit, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Common Crane and Bittern!

 thanks, please act NOW

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