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These are our forthcoming events. Details of pick up times and locations are on our FAQ and we send out an email during the week before each task on our Mailing List. For any other questions please contact

Sunday 24 Feb 2019Scrub ControlSwyncombe Estate, South Oxfordshire
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Swyncombe Estate consists of over 600 acres of high, mature beech woodland and chalk grassland in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding National Beauty. In recent years we've cut scrub on the exposed spur of Sliding Hill, but the exact location of today's work is still to be decided at the time of writing - so watch this space! As last week, you'll find the details in the email from the task leader that will be sent via the mailing list sometime in the week preceding the task.
Leader: Jenny HillDriver: Dan Moden

Sunday 3 Mar 2019Scrub ControlCrecy Hill LWS, Tackley, Oxfordshire
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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 reserve is sited on the slope of a railway embankment with views across the open, rolling countryside opposite. We'll spend the day cutting back and burning extensive scrub to open up the paths and maintain access to the site.
Leader: Andy MoDriver: Volunteer to drive

Thursday 7 Mar 2019Wildlife Talk Social - 8pmMagdalen College Auditorium
For this social, we're heading along for a talk on "Securing nature’s recovery" by Estelle Bailey, Chief Executive of the largest local wildlife conservation charity in our area, the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. As wildlife today faces many serious threats and is in general decline, the talk will cover what needs to be done to reverse the trends. Starting at 8pm at the Magdalen College Auditorium, the event is free and open to all. After the talk, we'll head for a drink somewhere nearby. As always, you don't have to be a regular volunteer to come - everyone is welcome. It's a great way to find out more about conservation in and around Oxford, and see if getting involved might be for you. Hope to see you there! socials@ocv.org.uk
Contact: Anne

Sunday 10 Mar 2019Willow PollardingBoundary Brook, Oxford
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In 1990 the Oxford Urban Wildlife Group converted a site of derelict allotments into a 3 acre nature reserve a stone's throw from the housing estates of east Oxford. There are now plans to breathe new life into the site under a joint venture involving BBOWT's Wild Oxford scheme, Oxford City Council, and a new local friends group. The site has gone unmanaged for several years so there's quite a bit of reclamation work to do, including the pollarding of some large willows in the south eastern corner of the site - which is what we'll tackle today.
Leader: Tim BletsoeDriver: Ed Polehampton

Sunday 17 Mar 2019Hedge-LayingBurgess Field Nature Park, North Oxford
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There are many meters of hedge at Burgess Field and today we'll make a start on the active management of some them with a session of hedge-laying which might also include some replanting. We'll look to accommodate some on the job tuition in the task by pairing beginners with volunteers who have some experience. So if you'd like to come along, see what's involved, and try your hand, you'll be welcome. Laying a hedge well encourages thick, healthy re-growth which provides a perfect habitat for a range of wildlife.
Leader: Tim EvansDriver: Chris Skepper

Sunday 24 Mar 2019Reserve MaintenanceAston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire
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An early Spring visit to this National Nature Reserve in the Chilterns, owned and managed by Natural England. You'll recognise the landscape if you've ever travelled towards London on the M40. Indeed, you'll see up close the chalk geology that determines the character of the reserve and its fauna and flora as you drive through the immense cutting in the hillside. Today we'll be helping the wardens care for the grassland, or the woods and paths that sit on top of the chalk. As usual, everyone's welcome! This is a big site so watch out for the weekly email for precise details as to the location of today's task. We're always looking for volunteers who might lead tasks, indeed without leaders we couldn't keep going, so if you're interested contact Phil Hunter via tasks@ocv.org.uk . Any of our current leaders will be happy to help you get started by doubling up on a task to show you the ropes.
Leader: Volunteer to leadDriver: Volunteer to drive

Sunday 31 Mar 2019Site MaintenanceTrap Grounds, Oxford
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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. It's a mark of how busy we've been that we haven't had a task here since last June, but today we'll be back to undertake some construction work which has still to be decided at the time of writing. We always have plenty to do at the Trap Grounds and the details will be circulated nearer the day, so, once again, make sure you're on the OCV mailing list!
Leader: Andy MoDriver: Volunteer to drive

Friday 7 Jun 2019 -
Monday 10 Jun 2019
Peak District ResidentialPeak District National Park, Derbyshire
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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. The work will be decided nearer the time, but in the past we've worked on footpaths on the fells and in the valley, restoring dew ponds, reinforcing river banks, clearing scrub, and peat restoration on the moors. The accommodation will be indoors with beds and showers, and there is a good kitchen and living area with space outside for barbecues if the weather allows. The plan is to leave Friday evening, volunteer on Saturday and Sunday, then on Monday go for a walk or do some sightseeing and return after lunch. Residential trips are great fun and open to all OCV members. If you're not a member it only costs £5 to join for the year, and we'll tell you when we start taking bookings.
Leader: Tim BletsoeDriver: Volunteer to drive