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Aug 12 all-day Iffley Island
A traditional OCV task for high summer: our regular cut of this SSSI by the Thames, on behalf of the Oxford Preservation Trust. We’ll cut the sedge and reeds and rake the cuttings off so they won’t enrich the soil. … Read More
Aug 18 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Farmoor Reservoir
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!!
Aug 26 all-day St Marys Fields, Kidlington
We’ll be working with the determined group of locals who maintain this popular conservation area owned by the local parish council and situated between St. Mary’s Church and the river Cherwell. The job is to rake off the mown material … Read More
Sep 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Finstock Village Hall
Visionary scientist.Diana Beresford-Kroeger opens our eyes to what is for many of us the unfamiliar world of the forest. Her journey goes from Japan to California and Ireland to Germany, meeting people who are taking the lead to replant, restore … Read More
Sep 15 all-day RSPB Otmoor
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 all-day Simon's Land
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 … Read More
Sep 22 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Farmoor Reservoir
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 all-day Stansfeld Park, Headington
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 … Read More
Sep 29 – Sep 30 all-day Florence Park Community Centre
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 … Read More
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Oracle, Thames Valley Park, Reading
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 … Read More
Sep 30 all-day Rectory Farm Fields, Kidlington
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 … Read More
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm OU Museum of Natural History
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 … Read More
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm Florence Park Community Centre
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 … Read More
Oct 19 – Oct 20 all-day Any waterbody in the Thames Catchment
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. … Read More
Oct 21 all-day Lye Valley, Oxford
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 … Read More
Oct 28 all-day Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve
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 … Read More
Nov 3 all-day The Meeting Room, Flo's Place, Florence Park
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 all-day Beckley Park, Otmoor
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 … Read More
Nov 4 all-day The Meeting Room, Flo's Place, Florence Park
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 … Read More
Nov 10 all-day The Meeting Room, Flo's Place, Florence Park
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 … Read More
Nov 11 all-day Burgess Field Nature Park, North Oxford
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 … Read More
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Maymessy
The theory of fruit growing with Incredible Edible Oxford, including: – an overview of fruits that grow well locally – how to care for your fruit plants – different varieties, including more unusual and heritage fruits – propagation – designing … Read More
Nov 18 all-day Aston Rowant
Another of our regular monthly visits to Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England and situated on the western edge of the Chilterns with extensive views across the Oxfordshire plain. The Reserve supports juniper, an extensive variety of … Read More
Nov 25 all-day Pissen Wood, Oxfordshire
We were last here in the winter of 2016 to coppice hazel and install wire cages around the stools to protect the re-growth from being grazed by deer. Today we’ll return to remove those cages, do some more coppicing, and … Read More
Dec 2 all-day Matthew Arnold Field
Matthew Arnold Field in Boars Hill is a mixed woodland and grassland site, named after the poet, cultural critic and influential schools’ inspector Matthew Arnold, and owned and managed by the Oxford Preservation Trust. At the beginning of the year … Read More
Dec 9 all-day Rectory Farm Fields, Kidlington
The plan today is to crack on with the hedge-laying at Rectory Farm Fields, in Old Kidlington. We were last here at the end of September and we’ll look to lay, stake, and bind some more sections of hedge. There … Read More
Dec 16 all-day Aston Rowant
Our final visit of the year to a favourite site on the cusp of the Chilterns managed by Natural England. It’s more likely than not that we’ll be working either in the woods or on the grassland slopes. Exact details … Read More
Dec 30 all-day Crecy Hill LWS, Tackley, Oxfordshire
Our final task of 2018, and a great way to blow away the Christmas fug. Created in 1997, Crecy Hill Local Nature Reserve is a County Wildlife Site and Local Nature Reserve in Tackley, ten miles north of Oxford. The … Read More