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Apr
26
Fri
Thames WaterBlitz @ Thames catchment
Apr 26 – Apr 29 all-day
Thames WaterBlitz @ Thames catchment | Oxford | England | United Kingdom

The Thames WaterBlitz is a free and exciting activity open to anyone within the Thames Valley. The WaterBlitz is a four-day event run by Earthwatch where volunteers use 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 spring’s WaterBlitz between the 26th and 29th of April will be the eighth such event 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 the link below, where you will also be able to find further information and results from previous Thames WaterBlitz events. You can also share 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 further questions.

Apr
28
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: reserve maintenance @ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve
Apr 28 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: reserve maintenance @ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve | Aston Rowant | England | United Kingdom

Our April visit to this important National Nature Reserve in the Chilterns. It’s a site that includes important chalk grassland grazed by flocks of sheep. At this time of year we might be looking after the sheep themselves, improving conditions for the flora and fauna special to the site, or maintaining good public access along the various paths. Full details will be in the weekly OCV email (sign up on the website).

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.

Climate Crisis – Act Now to Make a Difference @ Florence Park Community Centre
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Climate Crisis - Act Now to Make a Difference @ Florence Park Community Centre | England | United Kingdom

Come and be inspired to act in ways that you can manage – both personal and collaborative actions. We’re having “World Cafe” style discussions where people can stay at one table as long as they want and then move on. The topics are: Food, Transport, Energy, Money, Getting Involved and there will also be a children’s action table.
We’re encouraging people to come up with something new that they can commit to ideally in each of these topics.
There will be tea and cake. All are welcome, including children.

May
5
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance & Pond Work @ Milham Ford Nature Park
May 5 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance & Pond Work @ Milham Ford Nature Park | England | United Kingdom

Milham Ford Nature Park stream and ponds were created in 2008-2009 in an area that had previously been 8 tarmac tennis courts for use of the previous Milham Ford School. A stream which had been piped underground across the playing field was brought to the surface, meandered, and now feeds a complex of 4 interlinked ponds. We’ll be working in the ponds under the direction of freelance ecologist Judy Webb to dredge invasive plant growth and re-establish areas of open water beloved by dragonflies. There will also be work to be done on the banks and the pond surrounds if you’d rather not wade in.

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.

May
12
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Fen Cutting & Raking @ Hinksey Heights Fen
May 12 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Fen Cutting & Raking @ Hinksey Heights Fen | England | United Kingdom

This is a new site for OCV. There are a number of small valleys with streams that run in parallel down onto the Thames flood plain to the south-west of Oxford. Each of them offers the potential to form a relatively rare fen habitat. Raleigh Park and the Chilswell Valley are two such places and between them lies the Hinksey Heights Fen. So today we’ll aim to cut and clear a section of the reed-bed in this third valley. The aim is to create a network of contiguous habitats of the same kind. This will be our first outing of the season with our set of Austrian scythes. If you’ve worked with us at Lye Valley you’ll know what to expect. For more information see the Oxfordshire Fens Project (https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/oxfordshire-fens-project/).

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.

May
19
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: reserve maintenance @ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve
May 19 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: reserve maintenance @ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve | Aston Rowant | England | United Kingdom

We’re back to one of our favourite sites this week. We’ll be helping the Reserve warden maintain the nationally important calcareous grassland habitat. At this time of year we might actually begin to see some of the rare plants that our work helps to protect. We could be helping out with fence and gate repairs, or doing whatever other maintenance jobs are required on the site. As usual everyone will be welcome and full details of the project and the meeting place will be given in the weekly OCV email (sign up on our website).

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.

May
26
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Post & Wire Fence Removal @ Burgess Field Nature Park
May 26 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Post & Wire Fence Removal @ Burgess Field Nature Park | England | United Kingdom

Burgess Field Nature Park is another Oxford nature reserve that used to be a city landfill site. It’s a large site of 8.5 hectares and, like Aston’s Eyot and the Trap Grounds, it lies close to the river Thames – to be precise, between the main railway line and Port Meadow. The land is owned by the City Council, and we’ll be working with the newly formed Friends of Burgess Field. Last summer we took out several hundred meters of redundant post and wire fence. Today we’ll take out several hundred more and, hopefully, finish the job. We’ll be pulling staples, rolling barbed wire, and knocking out posts: straightforward, no-holds-barred destruction.

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.

Jun
2
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Trap Grounds
Jun 2 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Trap Grounds | England | United Kingdom

The Trap Grounds is a small pocket of the countryside in the middle of urban north Oxford hard by the canal. It’s managed by an enthusiastic volunteer group (The Friends of The Trap Grounds) and includes a range of habitats: woodland, ponds, reed-beds, and areas of meadow and marsh. Today’s task consists of two parts, the first of which is a landscaping project. We’ll be building a ridge around the back of a newly sited pond and, if the water levels are low enough, we’ll be digging a trench down into the bottom of the pond. The second part (nesting birds permitting) involves a bonfire of cut willow brash, felled last winter, that has been roughly stacked nearby on the margins of another pond.

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.

Jun
7
Fri
Conservation Volunteers: Peak District Residential @ Peak District
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm
Conservation Volunteers: Peak District Residential @ Peak District | Grindleford | England | United Kingdom

We’re heading to the Peak District this weekend to volunteer with wardens from the Peak District National Park Authority and the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers who look after this spectacular part of the country. We’ll be staying near Grindleford in the Hope Valley.

Check out the OCV website (ocv.org.uk) for more details and contact us if you’d like to come along – you’ll need to become an OCV member (£5) and there will be a small charge for food etc. The minibus will be leaving from Oxford.

Jun
8
Sat
Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) @ Nature Discovery Centre
Jun 8 all-day
Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) @ Nature Discovery Centre | England | United Kingdom

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are systems for storing, managing and analysing spatial data. This course is designed to introduce you to GIS and spatial data and enable you to display, manipulate and interrogate spatial data. You will learn about different types of spatial data, how to create simple maps, how to create and edit spatial data and how to carry out some simple analytical task.

This course is ideal for students and biological recorders looking for a basic introduction to GIS. This course will use the free open source QGIS system. A full set of course notes and course data will be provided.