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Our April visit to this important National Nature Reserve in the Chilterns.
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 weekly email to find out exactly where we’ll be). We’re normally back in Oxford before 5pm.
Rise and shine and join bird expert Dominic Woodfield for a guided walk, listening to the Dawn Chorus in some of West Oxford’s wilder places.
We will meet at Kingfisher Corner (by the Helen Road bridge to Botley Park) at 5am and take in what we can hear and see there before moving on, following our ears to see how many different species we can find, and how many of our expected summer visitors have arrived. Will will return to Kingfisher Corner for 7am. It’s still early spring so it’s advisable to dress warmly and wear waterproof footwear: even if it’s not wet it may well be dewy.
Dominic managed to turn a duffle-coated childhood obsession into a career and has now been a professional ecologist for coming up to twenty five years. Although he’s an all-round naturalist, his first love was birds and he has never quite lost the habit of being unable to maintain conversations out of doors without his eyes darting about at flying distractions, or at some sound from the undergrowth. As well as sober scientific surveys he does occasional guided walks, including his ever-popular ‘Sensing Nature’ walk at Wood festival where he gets unsuspecting participants to eat grasses, sing along with birds and identify trees with their eyes closed. He lives in East Oxford with his partner, ten year old daughter and six year old son.
Register for April 29: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dawn-chorus-in-west-oxford-tickets-39611425841
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The South Oxford Farmers and Community Market is a weekly market selling ethically-produced local, seasonaland/or organic food and non-food goods. ‘Local’ means produced within a 30-mile radius of Oxford: ‘produced’ means containing a significant quantity of local ingredients and labour.The market is held in South Oxford Community Centre every Sundays from 9.30am to 12pm.
Making food shopping a much more personal experience!
Come this sunday and meet our vendors!
However big or small your bike-related issues are, get yourself down to our open workshop. We’ve got a fully stocked community tool chest (so you don’t have to spend a fortune on a tool you’ll use twice), lots of lovely bike stands and friendly mechanics to give you a hand.
We keep a stock of all the parts that wear out regularly and we also sell secondhand parts, so if you’re looking for a deal (or something slightly rare), we might have just the thing!
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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We meet every Sunday afternoon to garden together, share a cup of tea and cake, learn about growing and take home fresh fruit and veg.
In the darker months of the year (Nov-Apr) we meet from 12-4pm on Sundays and when the days are longer (May-Oct) we meet from 1-5pm on Sundays and from 5-8pm on Wednesdays.
Our garden is free to access and we welcome people of all levels of experience to share the space in an inclusive and supportive environment.
We now have weekly gardening, building and growing days to begin creating a vegetable garden which will be open to community groups and individuals who are keen to be outdoors, live closer to nature, learn and share skills and make new friends. Tea and homemade soup will be provided!
Join us as we work together to turn a patch of field into an ABUNDANT GARDEN for many to enjoy! We’re in early days of the project and we welcome input, interest and ideas because there are tons of exciting things that could happen here . . .
We welcome people from all backgrounds and all ages. Whatever your experience, there’ll be something for you to enjoy!