A working group was formed in early 2022 to put together a proposal for the Bourtons Parish Council to agree to our two villages formally becoming a Wildlife Friendly Community. Our proposal was passed at their meeting of 12.4.22.

Excerpts of the document are below, and the whole document can be emailed to anyone who is interested by asking

What is A Wildlife Friendly Community? 

There are a growing number of small towns and villages across the UK who loosely belong to this new endeavour; the nearest village which I know of is Tysoe in Warwickshire.

This group of villages and towns have adopted a very basic policy (see main document), they share good practice, information, research, and funding opportunities. They try to meet the targets set by district and county councils regarding biodiversity etc.

Most of the land in the Bourtons is owned by householders, so we wish to build up a network of wild areas on both public and private land to benefit wildlife and residents.  

The Parish Council and the WFC working group will identify potential areas for wildflowers and encouragement of wildlife:  

  1. Verges – identify verges along each road in the Parish where wildflowers can be sown. Which should be mown regularly for highways safety? Which could be left alone as a ‘wild area’ and notify Oxfordshire County Council regarding this. No residents will be forced to change the appearance of their verges, but information on why it might be beneficial to leave some of them wilder can be provided.
  2. Entrance to GB and LB – scope for wildflower banks, spring bulb, and primrose planting. Look at possibilities in other parts of the parish such as the Greens, Burial Ground, playgrounds.

The Parish Council will support the efforts of the Bourtons WFC Working Group 

The above proposals and resulting actions will need organisation but no PC funding.  The WFC Working Group will be supported by the Parish Council with our nominated Parish Councillor, Gilly Duckworth, who will help us champion change. This group will be made up of residents in the parish who are interested in helping to make the Bourtons a Wildlife Friendly Community. From this group we will be able to set up working parties of residents to provide any labour required. The WFC Working Group will be responsible for finding grants for any projects, or we will raise funds ourselves.

We will launch the WFC at Wildlife Day #2 on Saturday June 25th 2022 which is being held at All Saints Church, Great Bourton.  

Ann Brooks, on behalf of the WFC Working Group: Clare Curnow, Philippa Days, Kate Drummond, Jane Foster Smith, Amanda Gibbard Atherton, Kaye Johnston, Anna Morton, Sue Ong, and Debbie Young.

April  2022




GDPR and Privacy Policy

European Union GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)

The EU GDPR is designed to help all of us have more control over our personal data, and how is it used.

Who does the information GDPR apply to?

Data subjects, being all visitors and users of any website who are members of the European Union, and therefore who submit personal data. [replace name]  is the data processor and data controller of this site. You can find out more about this law here.

Privacy Policy

Effective from 25th May, 2018

This Privacy Policy sets out how we use and protect information that you may provide when you use this website.  Your privacy is protected and important to us. If you provide identifiable personal information it will only be used to help us fulfil your project requirements.

[replace name]  is the company who collects any personal data submitted through [replace url] 

We may update this policy periodically, please check this page to ensure that you are in agreement with any changes.

What We Collect

Personal information, basically any data that can be used to identify or contact you is collected so we can service your requirements.  This could include your name, business name, address details, email, telephone numbers, or information pertaining to your exhibition stand requirements. You may also at times be asked to leave a message about your enquiry or project brief. Websites also collect your IP address through the use of Cookies (find out more about cookies below).

If you opted-in to our mailing list, you may receive occasional emails on important updates or service information. You have the right to opt-out or and have any personal details removed at any time, please email [replace email address]

What We Do With The Information We Collect

Information is saved until the enquiry is dealt with, and then archived with the project or on cloud based systems if you are an ongoing client. We also retain your contact details and information in the emails you have sent, but you can request to have your personal details deleted at any time.

We will not sell, distribute, or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your express permission, or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you relevant information about services we offer, or information you need as part of the services we offer.

Data Security

In our continued commitment to ensuring that your information is secure and to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures in place to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

  • Data is stored on a secure cloud-based server or on a secure, password protected computer with limited user access.
  • Sending information over the internet is generally not completely secure, and we can’t guarantee the security of your data while it’s in transit. Any data you send is at your own risk.
  • We have procedures including 2FA, passwords, restricted access and other security features in place to keep your data secure once we receive it.
  • [replace name]  will NEVER pass on your personal data to third parties without first getting your explicit consent.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used for direct marketing purposes
  • If you have previously opted-in to a mailing list, or provided other information, you can find out what information we hold, and ask us to remove or not to use any of it, by writing to, or emailing [replace email address]
  • You may request details of personal information which we hold about you.
  • If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to, or email us as soon as possible at [replace email address]  We will promptly correct any information.

Google Analytics

User and Event Data Retention

User-level and event-level data associated with Google Analytics cookies is retained for 14 months and then automatically deleted.

IP Anonymization

I have implemented IP Anonymization, simply put, the last three digits of your IP address are set to zeros in memory shortly after being sent to the Analytics Collection Network. The full IP address is never retained, or written to disk.


This site also uses Cookies, find out more or manage them here.