At the start of October, Anneliese visited RSPB Otmoor in Oxfordshire.
Anneliese saw the work done by the RSPB and how this work ties into wider issues about biodiversity in the South East and across the EU.
The visit started by walking around the reserve with the site manager, and Anneliese heard about the history of the site and some of the species which live there. Anneliese then continued the visit by discussing the impact of the EU Birds and Habitats Directive on conservation not just in Oxfordshire but in the whole of the UK, and how this has enabled sites like Otmoor to flourish.
Anneliese said “I had a fantastic time visiting RSPB Otmoor and want to thank the staff there who took the time to show me around and talk about the really important work they are doing. I was especially pleased to hear that money from the EU’s LIFE programme has enabled the reintroduction of a reedbed in Otmoor, which is helping booming bitterns back to the UK and has even provided a temporary home for cranes.”