Biodiversity in Oxford

Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth. This includes all species of plants and animals and the ecosystems that support them.

Biodiversity is central to the natural processes that we all benefit from, such as food and fuel production, maintenance of air, soil and water quality and the regulation of climate and flooding.

Biodiversity and good quality natural environments also contribute to good mental health, cohesive communities and strong local economies and it is essential in our response to climate change.

Overview of Oxford's biodiversity

  • 1 European site for nature conservation (177 hectares)
  • 12 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (278 (hectares)
  • 3 Local Nature Reserves (7 hectares)
  • 14 county Local Wildlife Sites (125 hectares)
  • 50 Sites of Local Importance for Nature Conservation (202 hectares)

You can find out about biodiversity sites in Oxford by using our LocalView address search

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the city:

You can volunteer in our parks and open spaces. For more information visit our Volunteering page.

Wild Oxfordshire lists local volunteer groups.

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust also have information on how to get involved.