Bioabundance Community Interest Company

Pioneering action to protect and restore bioabundance in South Oxfordshire

Many thanks to all our supporters. Our Crowdjustice site has passed the first milestone of £10,000 – we are now aiming for £25,000.

Bioabundance aims to “restore nature in Oxfordshire to the best state it has been in since the 1950s”. We are the campaigning arm of South Oxfordshire Sustainability (SOS) – itself set up in 2011. SOS covers all aspects of sustainability.

Bioabundance focusses on nature and changes in land-use. What are the climate change and ecological consequences of poorly planned development? If we fail to get our dying natural world back, the outlook for current and future residents of Oxfordshire is very, very bleak.

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What is 'Bioabundance'?

Bioabundance? What on earth does that mean? Most of us have heard of Biodiversity: four out of five people think it is a washing powder. But no, biodiversity is the richness of natural life; the number of different species of plant and animal.

How do we describe the fullness of the natural world. How do we say 50 starlings is better than three? ‘Bioabundance’ describes the numbers of individuals of each species of plant or animal. If you have hedgehogs, dormice, squirrels, rabbits and badgers, that may be biodiverse; and if you have ten of each rather then maybe you have bioabundance.

Bioabundance and biodiversity are closely related – you cannot get many different life forms (biodiversity) if the environment cannot support viable numbers of each species (bioabundance).

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Join us to restore and grow bioabundance across Oxfordshire.

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Quotes

"We need to restore nature in Oxfordshire to the best state it has been in since the 1950s"
Dr Sue Roberts
"I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is"
Greta Thunberg
"Anyone who believes in infinite growth on a finite planet is either mad or an economist"
Sir David Attenborough
"If you really think the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money"
Dr Guy McPherson
"It grieves me a lot to see this erosion of the Green Belt [around Oxford], a precious thing. When it’s gone it is gone"
Prof Dieter Helm

Latest updates

Global law firm focuses on our case

The multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has written about our legal action against SODC in its daily briefing service (3 March) and highlighted particularly the legal significance of the climate change grounds. Planning law expert Nick McDonald notes that “the case is of interest to developers and local planning authorities...

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Bioabundance backs CEE Bill

Bioabundance has joined the CEE Bill Alliance Oxfordshire, part of the growing grassroots support for  the Climate and Ecology Bill introduced by Green MP Caroline Lucas ( Brighton, Pavilion) on 2 September 2020. The Alliance is asking stakeholders and businesses to sign a letter addressed to all Oxfordshire MPs urging...

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Environmental case could stall ‘largest ever’ road programme

Last spring Transport Action Network (TAN) started  legal proceedings against the government on the grounds that it should have properly assessed environmental impacts before launching the £27 billion Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) in March 2020. The Court agreed to hear the TAN claim last July.  According to the Guardian, those...

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Calls to rethink housebuilding in the countryside

Sir Roger Gale Conservative MP for Thanet is calling on the Prime Minister to to stop  ‘plans to smother acres of prime agricultural land in housing that is not needed for local people.’ Watch the full exchange with Boris Johnson at PMQ 10 February On the other side of the...

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