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The Thames WaterBlitz is a free and exciting activity open to anyone within the Thames Valley (you can check if you live in the Thames catchment area by entering your postcode in our online map available at: https://ewgis.org/flinks-v1.0/). The WaterBlitz is a four-day event run by Earthwatch (https://earthwatch.org.uk/) where volunteers use water testing kits to collect as many water quality samples as possible. The aim is to get an overview of the water quality in rivers, lakes, ponds and streams throughout the Thames Valley.
This will be the ninth WaterBlitz taking place in the Thames Valley, but will be the first pan-European WaterBlitz event: Luxembourg, Paris and Dublin will all be joining for the first time this year, to help us on our mission to understand and solve water quality issues.
This autumn’s WaterBlitz will run between the 20th-23rd September and is timed to coincide with regular water quality monitoring undertaken by CEH (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology). Sampling at the same time as CEH helps to provide information from areas and water body types that would otherwise not be monitored. WaterBlitzes are also a fun learning experience for any volunteer that is interested in their local environment, and would like to learn more about water quality. This year’s WaterBlitz is funded by Thames Water as part of its ongoing commitment to local water quality through the Community Investment Fund.
You can register for your free kit by following this link: https://earthwatch.org.uk/get-involved/waterblitz, where you will also be able to find further information. Please feel free to help us to promote this event by forwarding the registration link or sharing the event on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #WaterBlitz.
Please feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Our late Summer visit to our most regular work site: a National Nature Reserve on the Chiltern escarpment just above the Ridgeway footpath. On a clear day there are extensive views across Aylesbury Vale past, and sometimes over, the Red Kites that cruise the updrafts. Whatever the task, we’ll be working with one of the highly-knowledgeable wardens from Natural England. Exact details of the work involved for today’s visit will be announced nearer the time via the OCV email list – so make sure you’re signed up!
We’ll provide all the tools and training and no previous experience is needed. Just remember to bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes and stout footwear.
Under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
You don’t have to tell us that you’re coming – either meet us at one of the minibus pickup points in Oxford:
1) Outside the Lamb and Flag Pub on St. Giles at 9.20am
2) Outside Tesco on Cowley Road at 9.30am
or meet us at the task site itself if you prefer.
Check the website or the OCV weekly email for last minute details or changes, and to find out the exact location.
The big waste-saving event of 2019 from SHARE Oxford!
Join us for a mini-extravaganza of waste-reduction opportunities
– Scoop zero waste pop-up shop: bring your containers and stock up on all your dry foods, detergents etc without the single-use packaging (full stock list here: http://www.scoopzerowaste.co.uk/products/)
– Clothes Swap: Revamp your wardrobe! Bring up to 5 items of good-quality men’s or women’s clothing and take away some “new” ones. More info coming soon.
– Library of Things: Our Library will be open so you can find out how we can help you to reduce consumption by borrowing instead of buying all those things you will rarely use. Read more at www.shareoxford.org or browse the catalogue at https://shareoxford.myturn.com/library/
– Home-baked goodies made from surplus ingredients courtesy of Oxford Food Bank.
Photo credits: Oxford Mail; The Guardian; Scoop Zero Waste; Oxford Food Bank
We meet every Sunday afternoon to garden together, share a cup of tea and cake, learn about growing and take home fresh fruit and veg.
In the darker months of the year (Nov-Apr) we meet from 12-4pm on Sundays and when the days are longer (May-Oct) we meet from 1-5pm on Sundays and from 5-8pm on Wednesdays.
Our garden is free to access and we welcome people of all levels of experience to share the space in an inclusive and supportive environment.
We now have weekly gardening, building and growing days to begin creating a vegetable garden which will be open to community groups and individuals who are keen to be outdoors, live closer to nature, learn and share skills and make new friends. Tea and homemade soup will be provided!
Join us as we work together to turn a patch of field into an ABUNDANT GARDEN for many to enjoy! We’re in early days of the project and we welcome input, interest and ideas because there are tons of exciting things that could happen here . . .
We welcome people from all backgrounds and all ages. Whatever your experience, there’ll be something for you to enjoy!
The St Nic’s local produce and craft market is back! Every Friday morning between 11am and 1pm there will be stall in the little garden at the top of Stert Street (in the church if wet) selling fresh veg, local eggs, home-baked cakes and preserves, plants, seedlings and flowers.
Go early to get the best selection!
Even more important, if you have any produce to sell, you can do so at the market provided you collect the money and any unsold items promptly at 1pm, and donate 10% of the takings to St Nicolas Church funds. To join the happy band of producers, email Gilly Osborne firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very happy to support this well-established venture bringing excellent, incredibly fresh local food right into the centre of town. Please help make it a success!
Join us for a first Letcombe Brook Bat Walk!
We will be exploring the banks of Letcombe Brook at night to see what creatures use it after dark. Wear warm waterproof clothing and walking boots or similar. Distance 1mile max, minimum age 7 yrs.
Booking essential and as bat activity is very weather dependent no guarantees can be made!
Meeting at The Mix at 7pm, finishing back at the Mix
for hot drinks and biscuits.
Fighting climate change is like running a marathon! We’ve tried to address all the One Planet Living principles over the past year. Come and hear what we’re doing – from tree planting to house insulation and supporting green energy
Guest Speakers: Julian Cooper (OCC) on tree planting in late November
Adriano Figueiredo (Low Carbon Hub) on local energy for the new flats at The Oval
Join us for a day of talks, workshops and updates on biological recording. A great opportunity to meet other local naturalists and share news. There will also be a wildlife bookstall and space for groups to bring displays.
£10 for students/volunteer recorders and £18 corporate/professional rate, includes lunch and refreshments.
Everyone is welcome to join in and turn Kidlington’s surplus apples and pears into delicious juice to take away at St John’s Hall Church. If you have fruit you can’t use yourself, bring it along. If you don’t have fruit, just come and join the fun.
Clean empty wine bottles with screw caps would also be welcomed.
If you can’t make it this time there are other events in October.