Help needed with Hedgehog research

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 b.williams@pgr.reading.ac.uk

Thank You

Mr Ben Williams and Dr Phil Baker

bike race

Tour of Britain

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.

Road closed

Closure of A417 at Challow Station for 3 months

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.

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Tour of Britain Cycle event – Friday 12th September 2014 – Notice of road closures

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

E:  hawesa@thetour.co.uk

W: www.sweetspotgroup.co.uk




A34 Harwell Resurfacing – change of dates/closure programme

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 ha_info@highways.gsi.gov.uk

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