Mon, 22 May|
Pudlicote lane ///angry.shorts.smokers
Pudlicote walk to see the construction of a floodplain BNG project
An informal walk along the River Evenlode to see progress on Brad and Katherine Wickens' arable reversion and new wetland complex, a month since work began. A great demo of both our Landscape Recovery and Windrush Floodplain meadow projects. Re-hydrate with a pint in the Tite Inn afterwards.
Time & Location
22 May, 17:00 – 20:00
Pudlicote lane ///angry.shorts.smokers, Pudlicote Ln, Chipping Norton OX7, UK
About the Event
Pudlicote was one of the first farm walks by the cluster back in 2019, as we walked the river to see restoration works on the Evenlode. Four years on and Brad and Katherine are embarking on the next phase of habitat creation - 35ha along the river in the floodplain, comprising arable reversion to floodplain meadows, calcarious grasslands, woodland scrub and a wetland mosaic to attract a range of wildlife, capture carbon and provide water quality benefits.
The project has been baselined, designed and set up to be one of West Oxfordshire's first Biodiversity Net Gain projects. Our Landscape Recovery project partners, Oxford University, are plotting to include the site for research on the BNG metric. It has also been baselined by Rothamsted and will provide a case study with the Open University's Floodplain Meadow project on carbon sequestration and emissions flux.
With design input from Atkins, it will be similar in concept, if not in scale, to many projects up and down the Evenlode valley's Landscape Recovery project and the Windrush Floodplain meadow project.
Due to the last-minute nature of scheduling, it will just be a very informal walk but we shall have Ellen present to discuss key points on how this type of project is indicative of the Landscape Recovery scheme.