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Sep
15
Sat
Otter Ecology and Surveying @ RSPB Otmoor
Sep 15 all-day
Otter Ecology and Surveying @ RSPB Otmoor | England | United Kingdom

An introduction to the ecology of otters, covering their distribution, diet and behaviour. You will learn about key field signs to look out for and the methods used to survey for otters. See our website for more details.

Sep
16
Sun
Nature Conservation Day at Simon’s Land @ Simon's Land
Sep 16 all-day
Nature Conservation Day at Simon's Land @ Simon's Land | England | United Kingdom

Simon’s Land is a secluded half acre of gently sloping reed-bed leads down to the Thames to the North of Sandford. The river bank was once the mooring site of the former Magdalen College Barge. In March 2007 the land was donated to the Oxford Preservation Trust by Mr and Mrs Simons of Boars Hill. This will be our second visit of the summer. We’ll knock back any re-growth in the reed bed and tackle the large bramble patch that borders the upstream side of the site. There may also be some coppicing to do and some work to help dam the natural springs to enhance the wetland characteristics of the site. As before, we’ll be working on behalf of the Oxford Preservation Trust. It’ll be wet underfoot so bring wellies!

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 are welcome if 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 weekly email to find out exactly where).

Sep
22
Sat
Moth Morning @ Farmoor Reservoir
Sep 22 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Moth Morning @ Farmoor Reservoir  | Cumnor | England | United Kingdom

Come along to our moth morning identification and see what species are found at Farmoor and by the river Thames. No experience necessary, Tea/Coffee and good company provided!!

Sep
23
Sun
Nature Conservation Day at Stansfeld Park @ Stansfeld Park, Headington
Sep 23 all-day
Nature Conservation Day at Stansfeld Park @ Stansfeld Park, Headington | England | United Kingdom

Stansfeld Park in Headington Quarry, Oxford is set within 18 acres of woodland with ponds, marshland and meadows. The undulating landscape results from quarrying for limestone in the area that was used to build many of Oxford’s colleges, churches and civic buildings. When quarrying ended, a variety of habitats formed, including limestone grassland, ash and hazel woodland, dense hawthorn scrub, ponds and wetland. We’ll be working for the Oxford Trust who have taken on the job of rejuvenating the site partly as a local amenity and partly an educational resource, and at this time of year it’s likely that we’ll be mowing the grassland and meadow areas, working on the paths, and doing some scrub bashing. For more on the exciting prospects for Stansfeld Park under the management of The Oxford Trust see their website: http://theoxfordtrust.co.uk/stansfeld-education-centre/.

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 are welcome if 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

Sep
29
Sat
Bringing Forest Gardens to Life in Urban Settings @ Florence Park Community Centre
Sep 29 – Sep 30 all-day

You’re welcomed to join the first national conference to build momentum AND provide tools and guidance to get forest gardens planted up and down the country. This conference brings together practitioners, teachers, researchers, enthusiasts and commissioners. It is a chance to get practical advice as to how to plant and sustain forest gardens in your locality, hear the success stories and look to the future – how to continue to engage communities to create these inspiring spaces.

Autumn Recorders’ Conference @ Oracle, Thames Valley Park, Reading
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Autumn Recorders' Conference @ Oracle, Thames Valley Park, Reading | Earley | England | United Kingdom

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. Tickets are £10 for students/volunteer recorders and £18 corporate/professional rate, including lunch and refreshments.

Sep
30
Sun
Nature Consevation Day – Hedge Laying @ Rectory Farm Fields, Kidlington
Sep 30 all-day
Nature Consevation Day - Hedge Laying @ Rectory Farm Fields, Kidlington | England | United Kingdom

Our last scheduled task at Rectory Farm Fields back in March was cancelled due to snow. So the plan today is to pick up work on the hedge-line where we left off at the very end of 2017. We’ll look to lay, stake and bind some more sections of hedge. It’s likely that we’ll be doing more hedge-laying than usual this winter, so this is a good chance to get your eye (and arm) in early on. If you’ve never done this before come along and give it a go, it’s one of the most enjoyable and satisfying things we do.

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 are welcome if 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

Oct
8
Mon
Fox – a controversial success @ OU Museum of Natural History
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm
Fox - a controversial success @ OU Museum of Natural History | England | United Kingdom

Dr Philip Baker (University of Reading) will discuss how the Red Fox has become a world-wide success – but is both loathed and loved by humans.

The first of Oxfordshire Mammal Group’s 2018/19 winter season of monthly Public Talks.
(Join on the night for just £6 and get FREE entry to all our talks.)

Oct
13
Sat
Film: Tomorrow & Discussion @ Florence Park Community Centre
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm
Film: Tomorrow & Discussion @ Florence Park Community Centre | England | United Kingdom

Inspiring and heartwarming film showing us existing examples of positive solutions to climate change and other current problems. https://www.tomorrow-documentary.com
This will be followed by the opportunity for discussion about what we can do practically.
Popcorn, and tea and cake on sale, bar open. Doors open 6.30. Film 7-9pm followed by discussion

Oct
19
Fri
Thames WaterBlitz @ Any waterbody in the Thames Catchment
Oct 19 – Oct 20 all-day
Thames WaterBlitz @ Any waterbody in the Thames Catchment | England | United Kingdom

The WaterBlitz is a two-day event where volunteers in the Thames Valley collect as many water quality samples as possible. The purpose is to get an overview of the water quality in lakes, ponds and streams throughout the Thames Valley.

This is a fun learning experience for any volunteer that is interested in their local environment, and would like to learn more about water quality.

This WaterBlitz on 19th and 20th October will be the seventh such event and coincides with the regular Thames sample run undertaken by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) as part of a long-term monitoring programme of the Thames and its tributaries.

This year, we are running a two day WaterBlitz which coincides with the start of half-term for the majority of schools. We hope this will be a good opportunity for schools and families to join in with freshwater research.

Register today, test your local water and be a WaterBlitzer!