Conservation Plan for the Parish of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, 2nd Edition
You will have, or will soon be receiving, a copy of the second Parish Conservation Plan, produced by the Environment Group and delivered free to households in the parish. This 50-page fully illustrated publication, describes the projects undertaken in the Parish by the Group since the 1st Edition of the Plan was published in 1998.
Our Parish is currently under more pressure from outside influences than at any other time in its history. Some relate to planning and development issues, particularly the expansion of Didcot and Wallingford. Others concern the likely impact of climate change and invading species of plants, animals and diseases. How we may have some chance of controlling our own affairs should come through a Community Led Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan both of which are being developed currently.
The physical and human landscapes of the Parish are described initially, followed by an account of the twelve projects mounted by the Group. These include: a Garden Birds Survey, the Millennium Wood, the St Jamesís Churchyard Project, the Fruit Trees and Traffic Surveys and Thermal Imaging. It concludes with a discussion of coming problems such as increasing traffic and the rising costs of energy, together with a list of the talks staged by the Group every half year.
A large number of parishioners contributed in various ways. They are thanked sincerely for their help. Funds for the publication of the Plan came from the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and from the Parish Council and this is gratefully acknowledged.
New and continuing projects
Last summerís wet weather halted the survey of moths. In the hope of some warmer weather, plans are being made for moths to be trapped, counted and identified this year at number of sites around the village. Based on guidance from SODC, a tree survey is to be conducted this summer. Heights, girths and species are to be recorded for trees over 10 metres in height in gardens, hedgerows and open spaces, so we have knowledge of what trees are here before ash dieback and other diseases strike. Noise has an impact on all our lives, particularly noise from the A4130. We are looking into the possibility of recording levels using a noise meter.
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