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Oxford Conservation Volunteers

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Oxford Conservation Volunteers is a voluntary organisation that carries out practical work conserving the wildlife and traditional landscape of the Oxford area. OCV organises work parties every Sunday (and some Saturdays) undertaking a wide variety of nature conservation work ranging from hedge laying to fence building, tree planting, and conserving chalk grassland habitats by scrub clearance.

Please take a look at the Events Diary to see what we are doing over the next few months, and the projects page to discover more what each type of conservation involves.

How to get involved:

  1. Read the Frequently Asked Questions and join the Mailing List.
  2. Turn up at one of the mini-bus pick up points on Cowley Road and St Giles (details on the FAQ).
  3. Become a member. Membership costs £10 per calendar year (£5 for students, retired or unwaged). If you would like to join, download a membership form or fill one in at one of our Sunday conservation tasks. You do not need to become a member to come along, but there are benefits to being a member.

If you want to speak to someone about Oxford Conservation Volunteers then you can ring Tim on 07909 957344 or email enquiries@ocv.org.uk

Next upcoming task

Sunday 22 May 2022 – Woodland Management & Water Works at Matthew Arnold Field, Oxford
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We'll be working for the Oxford Preservation Trust to a management plan that will maintain and enhance this special peat fen and woodland habitat. The surface water rises from natural springs, and anything that reduces the uptake of moisture from the fen will be to the good, so we'll cut back willow and reed. There will also be some extensive ad hoc DIY dam work using natural materials to control the waterflow in, through, and off the fen. If you're not cutting, you'll be digging. Whatever you do, wellingtons will be necessary, even if there's been no rain.

  • Leader: Phil Hunter
  • Driver: Dan Moden

For further tasks, see the Events Diary.