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BBOWT WILD OXFORD PROJECT
Reports prepared by Judy on the Wild Oxford Project sites can be found under the heading 'Read the Wild Oxford project reports' near the bottom of this BBOWT website page.
Following time spent as a teacher of Biology, Judy was involved for 9 years in forensic environmental trace evidence surveys. The founder member of the New Marston Wildlife Group (now Friends of Milham Ford Nature Park), she is now an enthusiastic Oxford freelance ecologist and species recorder with a special interest in rare wetland plants (Sium latifolium is one of her ‘Flora Guardian’ species within the Oxfordshire Flora Group of the ANHSO), as well as flies and bees, although her interests also extend to other insects and fungi.
More about Judy
Forthcoming walks to be led by Judy:
Sunday, 2 June 2019, 2 pm to 4 pm Cothill Fen / Ruskin Reserve NNR.
See Oxon Fens page.
Sunday, 1 September, 2pm to 4 pm, Lye Valley. See Lye Valley page.
Spikes on trees in Oxford to 'stop bird poo' BBC News 17 April 2019
'Netting' of trees to prevent birds nesting BBC News 23 March 2019
Bees and economists - and the USA 1830's 'bee-rights' movement, BBC News, 3 April 2019
Many British pollinating insects in decline BBC News 25 March 2019
'Scientists warn that the loss of nature could create problems in years to come, including the ability to grow food crops.'
15 April 2019
Judy was out with Natural England volunteers at Knocking Hoe National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Bedfordshire doing a survey of Pasque flowers.
Photos by Judy, who reported:
'The maximum number of flowers I counted on one plant was 13 - extraordinary. But many were dwarfed by drought and some had shrivelled before properly opening. Many had been eaten off by rabbits. It was cold and windy so few/no bees for pollination. I recorded the counting as it progressed but this only covered two sample areas, not the whole. In these areas there were hundreds, maybe more than a 1000 - a secure population at least. Other rare species found on this amazing site are field fleawort, spotted cat's ear and several orchids, but none of these were in flower yet'.
Pasque flower, Pulsatilla vulgaris Photo by Judy Webb
Judy's photo of a yellow flat-footed fly, Agathomyia wankowiczii,
was used for Buglife's 'Bug of the Month' feature for February 2019.
This fly is the only invertebrate in Britain known to cause a gall on fungus and has only been discovered here recently.
10 November 2018:
Judy gave a talk on 'Soldierflies and Horseflies of the Oxfordshire Fens' at a Dipterists Forum meeting held at the University of Oxford's Museum of Natural History.
For notes on this talk, click here
Version with added photos now back
For a slideshow of some of the photos Judy displayed during her talk, click here
6 November 2018:
Oxford Golf Club and Friends of Lye Valley have brought back to the golf course a rare plant found there in 1839 in an area next to Hollow Way. They were joined in a special planting ceremony by members of the Oxfordshire Flora Group and the Freshwater Habitats Trust. Flat Sedge Blysmus compressus, is a grass-like plant which thrives in wet marshy conditions.
For full details see Golf Business News website
Photo from Golf Business News website
Head Green Keeper, Doug MacGregor,
and Judy Webb, Chairman of Friends of Lye Valley
Submissions by Judy to Oxford City Council in relation to Consultations and Planning Applications
See separate page for Northern Gateway Area Action Plan
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