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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!

Oct
21
Sun
Conservation Volunteers – Fen-Raking @ Lye Valley, Oxford
Oct 21 all-day
Conservation Volunteers - Fen-Raking @ Lye Valley, Oxford | England | United Kingdom

Join us to rake off the reeds after the Autumn cut at the beautiful Lye Valley. 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 website or OCV weekly email for exact location).

Oct
28
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve
Oct 28 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve | Aston Rowant | England | United Kingdom

Join us for our regular trip to Aston Rowant – free minibus transport provided.

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 website or OCV weekly email for exact location).

Nov
3
Sat
Introduction to Permaculture @ The Meeting Room, Flo's Place, Florence Park
Nov 3 all-day
Introduction to Permaculture @ The Meeting Room, Flo's Place, Florence Park | England | United Kingdom

In this one-day intro, we will cover the ethics of permaculture, assessing and observing a site, designing on paper, and various films and activities to support your learning.

Nov
4
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Devil’s-bit Scabious Planting @ Beckley Park, Otmoor
Nov 4 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Devil's-bit Scabious Planting @ Beckley Park, Otmoor | Beckley | England | United Kingdom

An unusual site for OCV, and an unusual task. The aim is to plant several hundred Devil’s-bit Scabious plants specially grown from seed collected last summer from the MOD Otmoor rifle range by Alison Muldal. Alison is the Lead Advisor for Natural England’s Oxon and Bucks Land Management Team and wants to establish a specific habitat for the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly (see butterfly-conservation.org). The main food plant of the Marsh Fritillary caterpillar is – Devil’s-bit Scabious. We’ll be working in a field just to the east of the rifle range. The best habitat consists of several discrete areas of scabious and today’s work will add another component part to the overall pattern of flora in the local area. The project is a collaborative effort involving the Butterfly Conservation volunteers, Bridewell Organic Gardens, the private landowner, and Natural England.

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

Design Your Edible Space @ The Meeting Room, Flo's Place, Florence Park
Nov 4 all-day
Design Your Edible Space @ The Meeting Room, Flo's Place, Florence Park | England | United Kingdom

Discuss and learn the basics of how to design your own space. Attendance on the Introduction to Permaculture course and/or Forest Garden Design is advised.
• Learn how to map and assess your own space
• Learn a systems approach that can be applied to any site, any size
• Design your own edible space

By the end of this course you will have a basic knowledge of how to map and design your own space and have a design to take home.

10 am – 4 pm

Nov
10
Sat
Introduction to Forest Gardens @ The Meeting Room, Flo's Place, Florence Park
Nov 10 all-day
Introduction to Forest Gardens @ The Meeting Room, Flo's Place, Florence Park | England | United Kingdom

We will be using our own Forest Garden in the park for practical demonstrations and you will get a chance to do some work in a forest garden.

Discuss and learn the basics of food forests
• What are food forests and why are they useful?
• Learn key species for each layer
• Assess examples of forest garden design

By the end of this course you will have the basic knowledge and understanding to begin thinking about creating your own forest garden.

10 am – 4 pm

Nov
11
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Scrub Control @ Burgess Field Nature Park, North Oxford
Nov 11 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Scrub Control @ Burgess Field Nature Park, North Oxford | England | United Kingdom

Our second visit of the year to Burgess Field, a large reserve in North Oxford that borders Port Meadow. Last July we took out an extensive length of post and wire fence, today we’ll begin to take out as much of the invasive scrub towards the northern end of the site as we can. The initial aim will be to restrict the spread of the scrub into the grassland areas, then tackle distinct blocks of the more established hawthorn, dogwood, and bramble. There’ll be a bonfire. If there are enough of us we’ll also have a detachment working on the remaining section of redundant fence-line.

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 website or OCV weekly email for exact location).