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2010 Survey work revealed ivy bees at Dry Sandford Pit and Hitchcopse Pit. The species, new to
                                                                                                     science in 1993, only arrived in Britain in 2001. (Wendy Tobitt)

2012 Precious floodplain meadow along the Upper River Ray was restored
          at Gallows Bridge Farm, creating new wetland habitat for wading birds
          such as curlew (pictured), snipe and lapwing. (Steve Mendham)
                                                      2012 The Wild Oxford Project, run in partnership with Oxford City Council, got underway.
                                                                                                      The project includes the Oxford Festival of Nature, which in 2015 attracted more
                                                                                                      than 5,800 people to events across the city. (Ric Mellis)

2012  Work to restore and enhance our 12 Chiltern chalk grassland
      sites was completed. Scrub clearance and stock grazing
      allowed chalk grassland flowers to flourish, along with all
      the butterflies and other insects that depend on them.
      (Chris Goddard)

                                                                                                                  2013  The Bernwood Forest project launched, its aim
                                                                                                                        to recreate and enhance a mosaic of habitats.
                                                                                                                        One benefit seen is the return of bluebells and
                                                                                                                        other wild flowers to the woodland floor as
                                                                                                                        conifers are thinned to allow sunlight to stream
                                                                                                                        in once more. (David Chetham)

2013 Nature Tots sessions are rolled out to        2013  Meadow Farm is saved, contributing to our work in the
           all of our education centres. The             Upper River Ray Meadows. The meadows support
           sessions encourage preschool children         populations of black and brown hairstreak butterflies
           (and their adults!) to get outdoors to        and the rare true fox-sedge (pictured), while providing
           explore and play. (Ric Mellis)                green hay to help restore meadows nearby. (BBOWT)

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