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Thames WaterBlitz @ Thames Valley
Sep 20 – Sep 23 all-day
Thames WaterBlitz @ Thames Valley | England | United Kingdom

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 water@earthwatch.org.uk if you have any questions.

Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Aston Rowant NNR @ Aston Rowant NNR
Sep 22 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Aston Rowant NNR @ Aston Rowant NNR | Aston Rowant | England | United Kingdom

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.

Cultivate VegVan @ Summertown, Oxford
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

It’s a shop… in a van! The finest, freshest local and organic fruit and veg Oxfordshire can supply, with additional produce from UK and the rest of Europe.

SUMMERTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET | Sundays 10am-2.30pm | Banbury Road, in front of M&S.

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Oxford Food Surplus Cafe – food 1-3pm @ East Oxford Community Centre
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Oxford Food Surplus Cafe - food 1-3pm @ East Oxford Community Centre | England | United Kingdom

Delicious pay as you feel meals all from food (courtesy of the food bank) that would have gone to waste. Everyone welcome! Veggie/vegan options and gluten-free options available.

We’re also looking for more **volunteers** – especially looking for those who love to chop and help in the kitchen from 10:30 am – 1:30pm and especially looking for those who love to wash up and help get things spick and span to help out from 2pm – 4pm

Volunteering with the Food Surplus Cafe is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and help make a warm, welcoming community event happen and run smoothly 🙂