Wildlife boost as team digs into wetland job

Cuttle Brook Conservation Volunteers have started digger work in Thame on wetlands at Rycote Meadow.

The scrape is not a pond as such and will not directly link to the Cuttle Brook. But it will provide a more aquatic nature conducive to smaller creatures and plants.

When work is done, the next project phase will be construction of a footpath to give public access from Oxford Road to the rear of the site.

This will link to the Thame Meadows Estate and footpath access to the River Thame beyond.

The meadow project is a co-operation between Thame Green Living, Cuttle Brook Conservation Volunteers and Thame Town Council, with advice from River Thame Conservation Trust and Wild Oxfordshire.

The project has been funded through funds from the Thame Meadows development off Oxford Road, and Trust for Oxfordshire Environment funding.

The meadow is bordered by the Cuttle Brook and is floodplain meadow, home to a rich variety of plant species and animals that depend upon them.

Conservation bodies such as the River Thame Conservation Trust, Wild Oxfordshire, the Cuttle Brook Local Nature Reserve, and the RSPB have commented on the importance of the site.

Consequently, the path will be fenced along the side bordering the meadow in order to protect its rich biodiversity.

Meadow works are expected to take two months to complete. For safety reasons, the town council is urging people not to visit the site until after it is officially open.