Biodiversity and Wildlife

Biodiversity and Wildlife in Nethercote

Nethercote provides natural habitat for wildlife and birds; we see the wildlife on a regular basis but there is no officially recorded data on biodiversity or any wildlife records for the area of Nethercote. Biodiversity is the variety of plant and animal life. Surveying and recording biodiversity can provide valuable information about habitats, plants, animals and natural processes in an area. Information such as the presence of species and habitats, the condition of habitats and the size of wildlife populations can be useful to Identify protected areas and protected species and ensure that they are not adversely affected by human actions.

Here is a small selection of the wildlife living happily in Nethercote that is counting on us protecting their habitat and they need your voice to say #keepnethercote rural #handsoffour hamlet

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area. A Nethercote Bioblitz has been established in iRecord that everyone, both residents, visitors and passers through can contribute to in order to build up accurate data that can be used to help protect our Nethercote wildlife in the future! All information captured and verified will be added to the National Biodiversity Network official records

Visitors can also contribute on iNaturalist, all records entered into here will import across into iRecord for official verification. Prior to visiting Nethercote, if you enable the location setting in your camera, then when you return home, you can easily upload what you have seen & the app will automatically timestamp and GPS locate your record making it much easier to upload when you get home.

Banbury Lane runs throughout Nethercote and is just under a mile in total from the A422 to Overthorpe Road.  The small, winding, quaint lane has hedgerow running adjacent on both sides, the whole area is surrounded by hedgerow, plus there are numerous hedges running within the fields of the area.  Development of this area would therefore see many miles of hedgerow ripped out and lost forever.  The hedgerow in the area meets criteria that makes it legally protected under the Hedgerow Regulations Act and legally defines the hedgerow as an “important” hedge.

  • Hedges mimic the rich structure of a woodland edge, and have overlapping elements of woodland, scrub and pasture – enabling them to be home to many species from all these habitats
    • Some species need ALL these elements to survive, the area of Nethercote is home to Song thrush (which has been in severe decline), which sings from the hedge trees, nests in the protection of the hedge structure, eats worms and snails from the hedge base, before moving to hedge berries later in the year.
    • This habitat structure is broadly analogous of what we think prehistoric wildwood of the UK would have been like – lots of scrub, open grown trees, grazed pasture and wood, all kept in flux through herbivore driven succession. This is what our ecology adapted to and why this ‘man-made’ habitat is so wildlife rich.
    • Hedges have 3 main roles for wildlife
      • 1) a physical home (dormice, hedgehogs, birds, insects etc)
      • 2) a complementary habitat, providing shelter and food for species that may or may not live in the hedge and
      • 3) wildlife corridors to help connect populations across the countryside (dormice, bats, hedgehogs, butterflies)

WE WILL BE RUNNING A HEDGEROW SURVEY IN THE SPRING!  This will enable the age of the hedgerow to be approximated!

As Autumn comes in Nethercote, here are just some of the trees that are starting to drop their leaves. It’s a way of protecting the trees and making sure they survive the winter and beyond. In spring they will wake up and be a beautiful bloom of natural colours! We need to ensure that Spring always comes for these trees and they aren’t lost forever!

“How pleasant it would be each day to think, Today I have done something that will render future generations more happy.” Richard Jefferies, 1883.

Nethercote has been added to The Wildlife Trusts map of areas of nature in need of protection as part of their campaign to introduce a new “Wildbelt” designation as part of planning reform

Imagine trying to travel around Britain without our road and rail network. Or imagine if nine out of every ten miles of road just didn’t exist – life would be impossible!

Well for much of our wildlife this is the reality – it is confined to tiny fragments of habitat and unable to move across the countryside as our climate and landscape rapidly changes. It has been predicted that 40-70% of species could go extinct if action is not taken to enable species to move through the landscape (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007).

We are on the edge of the Buglife B-Line & have registered our ambitious plans to wildlife flower the one mile stretch of verge running alongside Banbury Lane in Nethercote

You can also learn more about bugs and help conserve wildlife by taking part in a wildlife survey