Ecological networks

How we identified opportunity networks and habitat networks in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

We have developed a new spatial approach to biodiversity action planning in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, aligning with Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England's wildlife and ecosystem services. Our focus lies on two types of ecological networks: opportunity networks and habitat networks.

Opportunity networks 

These opportunity networks are know as:

  • biodiversity opportunity areas (BOA) in Berkshire
  • conservation target areas (CTA) in Oxfordshire

View a map of the approximate locations of both.

These networks pinpoint biodiversity hotspots at the county level, where conservation efforts can be most effective. They aim to enhance biodiversity by maintaining, restoring, and creating priority habitats.

Habitat networks

We have identified networks for three habitats:

  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wetlands

Each network assesses how different patches of the same habitat are connected physically or functionally. It reveals:

  • areas essential for wildlife movement
  • blockages hindering movement
  • gaps in the network

View a map of the habitat networks (pdf format, 335 KB)

To strategically plan and maximise benefits from development, it is essential to understand the existing habitat networks.

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