Fungal forays are undertaken during the autumn and early winter. The Barton Fields Green Team undertakes annual surveys of the Willow Carr at the western end of Barton Fields. Recent surveys have also been held in Oxford University's Harcourt Arboretum, Bagley Wood, Stoke Wood nr. Stoke Lyne and Foxcombe Wood.
Surveys of the Wildflower meadow estabilshed at Barton Fields have show that the introduced plants have increased in abundance, and many other plants have colonised naturally. Tall growing herbs and tall grasses which once dominated have practically disappeared, allowing low-growing flowering plants to thrive. The enhanced plant diversity in the wildflower meadow, is reflected in the greater number of grassland butterflies in these areas compared with the un-enhanced mid-field area.
Orchids around the A34 Hinksey Interchange
Pyramidal Orchid surveys by Michael Bloom were instrumental in achieving Road Verge Nature Reserve status for an area of verge at the bottom of Hinksey Hill in 2012. Verges were greatly disturbed during major improvements to the roundabout in 2014: Oxfordshire County Council arranged for Pyramidal Orchids to be translocated from two areas which were to come under tarmac to nearby sites away from the main carriageway. Michael Bloom's 2015 survey shows that the translocation does not appear to have been a success but that orchids have survived in the RVNR and are recovering in most of the disturbed areas. read more...