WEB EVENTS

 Take a look at all of the amazing things going on! You can change the layout by clicking here. arrow

Aug
12
Sun
Meadow Mowing & Raking at Iffley Island @ Iffley Island
Aug 12 all-day
Meadow Mowing & Raking at Iffley Island @ Iffley Island | England | United Kingdom

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. The end result is beneficial to the wild flowers on the site, and, in particular, to the fritillaries hereabouts. If the sun shines this is one of the high-lights of the OCV calendar. As last year we’ll be using our set of Austrian Scythes

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 task email for instructions).

Aug
18
Sat
Moth morning @ Farmoor Reservoir
Aug 18 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Moth morning @ Farmoor Reservoir  | Cumnor | England | United Kingdom

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
Sun
The Big Hay Rake @ St Marys Fields, Kidlington
Aug 26 all-day
The Big Hay Rake @ St Marys Fields, Kidlington | England | United Kingdom

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 from the yearly grass-cut. This is important to keep the fertility of the soil low and so encourage the rarer plants and wildflowers.

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!

Sep
14
Fri
Call of the Forest – The Hidden Wisdom of Trees @ Finstock Village Hall
Sep 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Call of the Forest - The Hidden Wisdom of Trees @ Finstock Village Hall | Finstock | England | United Kingdom

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 and protect the last of the great ancient species forests.
This film is being shown under licence to a maximum of thirty people, and entry is free. After the film there will be time for discussion.

Sep
15
Sat
Otter Ecology and Surveying @ RSPB Otmoor
Sep 15 all-day
Otter Ecology and Surveying @ RSPB Otmoor | England | United Kingdom

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
Sun
Nature Conservation Day at Simon’s Land @ Simon's Land
Sep 16 all-day
Nature Conservation Day at Simon's Land @ Simon's Land | England | United Kingdom

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 was donated to the Oxford Preservation Trust by Mr and Mrs Simons of Boars Hill. This will be our second visit of the summer. We’ll knock back any re-growth in the reed bed and tackle the large bramble patch that borders the upstream side of the site. There may also be some coppicing to do and some work to help dam the natural springs to enhance the wetland characteristics of the site. As before, we’ll be working on behalf of the Oxford Preservation Trust. It’ll be wet underfoot so 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 the website, or weekly email to find out exactly where).

Sep
22
Sat
Moth Morning @ Farmoor Reservoir
Sep 22 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Moth Morning @ Farmoor Reservoir  | Cumnor | England | United Kingdom

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
Sun
Nature Conservation Day at Stansfeld Park @ Stansfeld Park, Headington
Sep 23 all-day
Nature Conservation Day at Stansfeld Park @ Stansfeld Park, Headington | England | United Kingdom

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 civic buildings. When quarrying ended, a variety of habitats formed, including limestone grassland, ash and hazel woodland, dense hawthorn scrub, ponds and wetland. We’ll be working for the Oxford Trust who have taken on the job of rejuvenating the site partly as a local amenity and partly an educational resource, and at this time of year it’s likely that we’ll be mowing the grassland and meadow areas, working on the paths, and doing some scrub bashing. For more on the exciting prospects for Stansfeld Park under the management of The Oxford Trust see their website: http://theoxfordtrust.co.uk/stansfeld-education-centre/.

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

Sep
29
Sat
Bringing Forest Gardens to Life in Urban Settings @ Florence Park Community Centre
Sep 29 – Sep 30 all-day

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 to get practical advice as to how to plant and sustain forest gardens in your locality, hear the success stories and look to the future – how to continue to engage communities to create these inspiring spaces.

Autumn Recorders’ Conference @ Oracle, Thames Valley Park, Reading
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Autumn Recorders' Conference @ Oracle, Thames Valley Park, Reading | Earley | England | United Kingdom

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 £10 for students/volunteer recorders and £18 corporate/professional rate, including lunch and refreshments.