Conservation and Management for Wildlife

Conservation Group Projects


  • Record location of Swift nest-sites in Abingdon and surrounding villages
  • Follow up on Swift nest-box provision project & liase with people involved
  • Construct Swift Nest-boxes

Feeding Farmland Birds (with particular regard to the ‘Hunger Gap’ - February to April)

Yellowhammers need support to arrest their decline
© Alan Larkman
  • Liase with OOS on their Farmland Bird project
  • Seek funding for this project, particularly for members living adjacent to farmland.
  • Record small farmland birds in gardens, such as Linnet, Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer.
  • Note the type of food taken and the method of provision.
  • Investigate the provision of seeds such as Nyjer, Millet, Kale, Quinoa, Linseed, etc. either in feeders or by scattering on the ground or by growing patches of seed-bearing plants.

Green Spaces

  • Liase with Community Groups and the Vale Council regarding Green Spaces in Abingdon. Aim to create wildlife friendly areas such wildflower-rich grassland, plant native woodland flowers, provide nest-boxes etc.
  • Monitor Meadow Saxifrage and Wild Clary in Abingdon Cemetery and liase with Abingdon Town Council regarding the time of mowing.
Wild flowers at the bottom of Hinksey Hill

Roadside Verge Nature Reserves

  • Look at road verges locally and decide which might merit being designated as Roadside Nature Reserves.



  • Biological surveys of the course of the old Wilts & Berks Canal.

Barton Fields Wildlife Site

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.


A group of helpers, the 'Green Team' were recruited; about 20 ANS members and some non-members have helped over the last eighteen months. 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.

Conservation Cooperation

Our members contribute to the nature conservation work of a number of local organisations, in particular:-

  • Friends of Radley Lakes
  • The Earth Trust, at Thrupp Lake
  • Freshwater Habitats Trust,who have created ponds in the Oxford/Abingdon area. We visited a number of sites with Pascal Nicolet, National Coordinator of the Million Ponds Project, and were able to help in gaining permission from a landowner in Sutton Courtenay to create ponds and enhance existing wetland on the land. Also, Barton Fields is one of the sites in the PC application. This added a sixth pond in the wetland area of the reserve we manage.
  • Abingdon Carbon Cutters, a Community Action Group working in and around Abingdon  as a response to the threats of climate change.
  • Oxford Ornithological Society - we are hoping to cooperate with OOS and other organisations on feeding of farmland birds, such as Linnet, Reed Bunting, Tree Sparrow and Yellowhammer, with particular emphasis on the “Hunger Gap” in March/April. 

BFGT were joined by the Green Gym in grubbing-out blackthorn and bramble which are encroaching on grassland : January 2014

We also welcome the regular contribution Abingdon Green Gym members make to our Barton Fields Green Team.