What we do at the Lower Windrush Valley Project | Oxfordshire County Council

What we do at the Lower Windrush Valley Project

Information about us, research, reports and volunteering opportunities.

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The Lower Windrush Valley covers 28 square kilometres of West Oxfordshire, incorporating the floodplain of the River Windrush from Witney to where it joins the River Thames at Newbridge.

Over the last 60 years the landscape character of the valley has been transformed by mineral extraction with large areas of the riverside pasture transformed into a mosaic of open water.

With mineral extraction set to continue for many years to come the Lower Windrush Valley Project (LWVP) was created by Oxfordshire County Council to create and implement an environmental strategy for this area.


Since 2001, the LWVP has employed one project officer who works with many environmental organisations, mineral operators, landowners and the local community to co-ordinate, deliver and help manage a wide range of initiatives that aim to:

  • strengthen and develop the evolving landscape of the valley
  • protect and enhance the biodiversity it supports
  • improve opportunities for people to access and enjoy the countryside
  • raise awareness, understanding and involvement in the diverse issues that influence the environment in the valley.

Research and reports

Funding and support

The Lower Windrush Valley Project is currently funded and supported by Oxfordshire County Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, and Smith and Sons (Bletchington) Ltd.

Contact us to find out more about the Lower Windrush Valley Project.

Volunteering opportunities

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Join our practical site management sessions at local nature reserves – a great way to meet new people, keep fit and enjoy the outdoors.

No experience is necessary and tools and training are provided.

We meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at either Standlake Common or Rushy Common Nature Reserves.

For more information about volunteering please contact us.

Event support

We run a small number of events throughout the year and are always looking for enthusiastic helpers to lend a hand!

Bird record data entry

Every month we collect hundreds of bird records from our two nature reserves so keeping on top of the data can be quite a task. If you’re able to spend an hour or two a week entering records, or even help with some analysis we’d love to hear from you. Data entry could take place in our office in Kidlington or at home if preferred.

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08 January 2018
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