Conservation and Management for Wildlife

Barton Fields Wildlife Site

The Green Team

A group of helpers, the 'Green Team' have been recruited from ANS members and some non-members.  About eight people help regularly. Our objective has been to maintain and enhance the diversity of habitats and to manage the site for vulnerable species such as Water Vole. A very important task is to record the species on site.

 

2nd Abingdon Scouts and the Green Gym joined Barton Fields Green Team.

Raking Hay in Barton Fields with help from Abingdon Green Gym: August 2018

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ANS first became involved with Barton Fields at the invitation of District Council in 1999. In 2003, at the instigation of the District Council and with backing of the Oxfordshire Nature Conservation Forum, the site was designated as a Jubilee Wildlife Site and ANS was appointed to manage it. 

Wildflower Meadow Project

97% of our lowland native wildflower meadows have disappeared since the 1950’s which has sent many of our wild bee and butterflies dependent upon them into a steep decline. So we began our native wildflower meadow restoration at Barton Fields in 2009 to aid their recovery. It is important to lower soil fertility to enable wildflowers to germinate. So we had the field disc-harrowed and then seeded the field with Yellow Rattle which is parasitic on grasses, reduces their vigour and gives wildflowers a chance to germinate. At the same time, we sowed native wildflower seeds, including Oxeye Daisy, Lesser and Greater Knapweed, Field Scabious, Birdsfoot, Cowslip, Betony and many more, including meadow grasses.

The meadow became wildflower rich and has some of the meadow grasses vital to many butterflies in their early stages as caterpillars, such as Cock’s-foot and Sheep’s Fescue. These are crucial for the declining Marbled White butterfly which now thrives here, along with Small Coppers, Meadow Brown and Ringlet butterflies, plus many more! You may have seen our butterfly surveyors noting them throughout the summer. We also have many wild and honey bees visiting our wildflowers.

The Green Team

A group of helpers, the 'Green Team' have been recruited from ANS members and some non-members.  About eight people help regularly. Our objective has been to maintain and enhance the diversity of habitats and to manage the site for vulnerable species such as Water Vole. A very important task is to record the species on site.

 

2nd Abingdon Scouts and the Green Gym joined Barton Fields Green Team.

Raking Hay in Barton Fields with help from Abingdon Green Gym: August 2018

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Survey & Recording

Butterflies are recorded throughout the spring and summer

Regular surveys are necessary to record the biodiversity status and monitor changes over time. Some of these are scheduled as part of the Green Team's programme whilst others, such as butterfly surveys throughout the summer, are undertaken by individuals. We also welcome cooperation with specialists groups, for example the Fungus Survey of Oxfordshire.

Childrten helped survey the ponds in 2014

The pond survey in 2014 was a family event