There are lots of ways you can help the Wychwood Project

Children walking a long a woodland path

Even if you only have a tiny bit of time you can get involved by helping  to continue restoring and conserving the landscape and habitats of the Wychwood area.  

Just four of the many ways you can get involved

  1. Participate as a volunteer  - join in our activities at our conservation sites, on our projects or join one of our conservation groups, or help us in the office.
  2. Come to one of our events.
  3. Join us as a Wychwood Project member - we have individual, family and concessionary membership schemes.
  4. Become one of our Corporate Partners with a flexible range of benefits.

 

Butterfly Surveying

For many of us, our gardens have featured prominently on our “to do” lists during the various lockdowns. We will be eagerly looking forward to the results of our efforts with the arrival of spring and the welcome sight of butterflies among our flower beds.

But all is not well in the butterfly kingdom…

Overall, there has been a decline in numbers over the last 10 years and the monitoring of this change has never been more important.

From butterfly records, we can see that we have very few reports of butterflies across West Oxfordshire and the Wychwood Forest area compared to other parts of Oxfordshire, which is why your surveys are so important. The Wychwood Project is working closely with Butterfly Conservation’s Upper Thames Branch in developing local awareness and recording of butterflies across the Wychwood Forest area. 

We want to encourage and support the recording of butterflies in this area, and the easiest place to start is in your garden. And recording what you see is easier than ordering your supermarket delivery online, but without the frustration of booking a slot and nothing to pay!!

This website https://www.gardenbutterflysurvey.org/ is easy to use with plenty of guidance and photos to help with identification. The easiest way to record additional sightings while out and about is on the iRecord Butterflies app. For a helpful identification guide for common local butterflies, please click here.