Ecologists based at the University of Reading are currently conducting a project examining the possible impact of road networks on hedgehog populations. It is estimated that hedgehog populations in some parts of the UK have declined by approximately 20% in the last 20 years, and one possible factor contributing to this decline is the fragmentation effect of major roads on hedgehog populations i.e. hedgehogs avoid crossing these major roads, leading to populations becoming more and more isolated from one another, which potentially makes them more vulnerable to other factors. This study is looking to obtain genetic samples from hedgehogs in a zone approximately 10 miles north and south of the M4 between Bristol and Reading. One source of these genetic samples is the bodies of hedgehogs that have been killed on the roads. As many hedgehogs now seem to be living in and around villages, the help of people living in the study zone is needed, getting them to report any sightings they have of dead hedgehogs so that the remains can be collected and a small tissue sample taken for analysis.
The ecologists are also looking for people who have hedgehogs visiting their gardens and who would be willing to help by e.g. putting out food for a few nights. The hedgehogs will then tend to poo nearby and it can be collected for study.
If you would like any more information or are able to help with this study please contact Ben Williams on email@example.com
Mr Ben Williams and Dr Phil Baker
People in southern Oxfordshire will get a rare chance to see some of the world’s best cyclists, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, on their doorstep when the Friends Life Tour of Britain passes through the area this Friday.
At lunchtime on Friday 12 September, Stage Six of the tour will enter southern Oxfordshire at lunchtime via Chain Hill, skirting Wantage at around 1pm then on via the A417 passing West Hendred, Harwell, and Blewbury (mid-stage sprint).
Riders will continue along the A329 past the edge of Cholsey up to Crowmarsh Gifford, then via the A4130 to Nettlebed before moving on to the B481, via Christmas Common up to Chinnor (category 2 climb), and leaving Oxfordshire shortly after 2pm.
For more information, including the full map and exact timings please see stage six on Tour of Britain’s website www.tourofbritain.co.uk.
For further links please see www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/tob2014 or www.southoxon.gov.uk/tob2014.
Featherbed Lane will be closed for 5 days from 22nd September 2014 to facilitate survey works.
Traffic will be diverted via Rowstock.
Temporary Road Traffic Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
T2352 temporary road closure – A417 Challow (Rail Bridge) Starting Saturday 6th September for 3 months
Network Rail are carrying out an electrification project which will require the replacement of the above rail bridge. The works will therefore require a closure of the road across the bridge (to all traffic) for a period of 3 months starting Saturday 6th September. Access for pedestrians will be via a temporary footbridge.
A copy of the Temporary Order, the location plan showing the closure and the agreed diversion route, and also a list of all the restrictions can be found here:
Temporary Closure Order
T2352 Publicity Plan v2
list of restrictions
Further information regarding the works may be obtained by telephoning Network Rail’s phone line on 08457 114141.
Section 16A of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 31 Road Traffic Act 1988 VALE OF WHITE HORSE AND SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE DISTRICTS(TOUR OF BRITAIN CYCLE RACE)(SPECIAL EVENT)ORDER 2014
Oxfordshire County Council has received a request from Sweetspot Group Ltd to hold the Oxfordshire Stage of the Tour of Britain cycle event 2014 across part of the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire Districts. The event is taking place on Friday 12 September and police will operate a rolling road closure throughout to minimise access from adjoining roads and to hold oncoming traffic etc. until the cyclists have safely passed; traffic control will be by Police and marshals between approximately 11am and 3pm. There will also be No Waiting for vehicles on the roads including for spectators.
Click here for a copy of the legal restriction notice for the event which details the arrangements along the route, together with a publicity map of the cycle route for your information.
KP publicity map
T2354 public notice v2
If you require further information or have any queries please contact Andy Hawes from Sweetspot Group Ltd as follows:
Andy Hawes – Route Director, Sweetspot Group Ltd
Rathbone House, 4a Heath Road
Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8TB
T: +44 (0) 8701 128 650
Please see attached information about an urgent meeting this Thursday 31st July to Save the Hare Pub. If you are unable to attend, but would like your thoughts known, please email or contact Piers Denne (contact details on poster attached).
Save the Hare
There will be an extraordinary meeting of West Hendred Parish Council on Tuesday 22nd July at 7pm in the Village Hall.
The only item on the agenda is The Hare pub.
Featherbed Lane will be closed for 5 days from Monday 4th August 2014 to facilitate ground investigation works.
The diversion route is via Rowstock.
LIGHTS OUT is a project that is inviting everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm until 11pm on 4th August 2014, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One.
Please consider taking part.
OCC Highways have advised that the resurfacing work at Harwell has been rescheduled to take place on the following dates.
The programme has also been amended and will now commence with southbound closures due to additional traffic flows expected for the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace (Oxford).
1. Southbound – Wednesday 16 July for five weekday nights
2. Northbound – Wednesday 23 July for five weekday nights
Should you require any further information, please contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org