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Conservation Volunteers: Site Maintenance @ Trap Grounds
Mar 31 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Site 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. It’s a mark of how busy we’ve been that we haven’t had a task here since last June, but today we’ll be back to undertake some construction work which has still to be decided at the time of writing. We always have plenty to do at the Trap Grounds and the details will be circulated nearer the day, so make sure you’re on the OCV mailing list!

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.

Great Hedgehog “Bake Off” & Fancy Dress Party @ Florence Park Community Centre
Mar 31 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Great Hedgehog "Bake Off" & Fancy Dress Party @ Florence Park Community Centre | England | United Kingdom

Tea and cake on sale.
Guest speakers: Hedgehog Champion Hugh Warwick of HedgeOX; Naturehood
Tickets : £1.10 child/ £2.20 adult (includes booking fee) including entry to competitions. (FREE if you donate your bake to be sold). BOOKING ESSENTIAL www.wegottickets.com/LEAF
Have a go at baking a hedgehog cake – odd looking cakes all part of the fun!
– adult, child, Funniest cake. Best vegan cake.
Children’s Hedgehog Fancy Dress – Under 5s, Over 5s, best home- made costume.
Learn About Hedghogs
Come and learn how to greet our prickly friends when they come out of hibernation.
Hedgehog Local and National Champion Hugh Warwick of HedgOx will tell us how we can help hedgehogs survive and thrive in our gardens. Naturehood will introduce their innovative scheme to help hedgehogs and other wildlife in the area.­

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.