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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.

Jun
16
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Stansfeld Park
Jun 16 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Stansfeld Park | England | United Kingdom

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. Today’s task has been arranged with Dr. Roger Baker, the Trust’s Outdoor Learning and Ecology Manager, to mark the public opening of Stansfeld Park with a family-friendly set of jobs to do, including the reinforcement of the many paths with bark chippings. For more info nearer the day see the OCV weekly task email, and 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 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
23
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve
Jun 23 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Reserve Maintenance @ Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve | Aston Rowant | England | United Kingdom

Our monthly return visit to this important National Nature Reserve in the Chilterns. It’s a site that includes important chalk grassland grazed by flocks of sheep. Early summer means it’s likely that we’ll be working to improve public access on the site by improving paths, installing hand-rails and gates, or repairing post and wire fences.

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
30
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Fen Cutting & Raking @ Lye Valley
Jun 30 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Fen Cutting & Raking @ Lye Valley | England | United Kingdom

Lye Valley is one of three specially designated conservation sites in the ‘Wild Oxford’ BBOWT project (for more information see http://www.bbowt.org.uk/wildoxford). There are two fens at Lye Valley: one to the north, off the Slade; and one to the south, by the golf course. Today we’ll work on the South Fen. It’s the kind of job that needs lots of people, so come along and lend a hand. If there’s been rain, you’ll need wellies.

You’ll need to check our weekly email for details of access to the site if you want to meet us there (sign up for the emails on the OCV web site, ocv.org.uk).

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.

Jul
7
Sun
Conservation Volunteers: Fen Cutting & Raking @ Lye Valley
Jul 7 all-day
Conservation Volunteers: Fen Cutting & Raking @ Lye Valley | England | United Kingdom

This is our second successive Sunday at Lye Valley. It used to be the case that we could rake both fens in the valley in a single day. It’s a mark of the progressive improvement in the quality and extent of this relatively rare habitat that it now takes us two full days. The Friends of Lye Valley have been making constant improvements and the results are impressive – come and see for yourself. This Sunday we’ll be on, and possibly in, the North Fen. As with last week, if there’s been rain, you’ll need 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 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.

Sep
14
Sat
Hedgerow Survey @ Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve,
Sep 14 all-day
Hedgerow Survey @ Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve, | Chimney | England | United Kingdom

This is an introductory course about hedgerows and how to survey them. It will highlight the legal protection that some hedgerows have and describe how important hedgerows are identified. There will be a field session with the opportunity to survey a hedge and look for some of the typical wildflowers associated with Oxfordshire hedges.

Oct
12
Sat
Otter Ecology and Surveying @ RSPB Otmoor
Oct 12 all-day
Otter Ecology and Surveying @ RSPB Otmoor | Beckley | 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. The morning session will be at the RSPB office in Beckley, followed by an afternoon walking around Otmoor nature reserve looking for signs of otters.