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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

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017Pub social 7pmThe Kings Arms, Broad Street
Join us for a drink or two at the King's Arms on Broad Street. There will be a good selection of beer and excellent food too if you want it. We'll order food at about 7pm but feel free to drop in at any time if you want to join us for a drink. No need to tell us you're coming, but if you're new and you want someone to look out for you then let me know at socials@ocv.org.uk.
Contact: Chris

Sunday 26 Nov 2017Reserve MaintenanceAston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire
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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 wild flowers native to unimproved chalk grassland, together with sheep, woodland, and an abundance of red kites. Exactly what we do today, and where, will be announced in the weekly email so make sure you're on the general email list for the details. We're always looking for volunteers who might lead tasks, indeed without leaders we couldn't keep going, and we're significantly short of volunteers prepared to lead at the moment. 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: Tim Howard

Sunday 3 Dec 2017Hedge LayingRectory Farm Fields, Kidlington
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Rectory Farm Fields is an extensive area of open ground just to the East of Church Street, Kidlington. We'll be working for a private client who wants to manage the land for its natural flora and fauna. BBOWT and the RSPB have made encouraging reports on the site's present and future significance for local wild life. The long term plan is to restore what were once extensive hedge and wall lines. Up till now we've been concentrating on the walls, today we'll turn to the hedges, specifically an old hedge-line that's been several years growing further and further out of shape! Earlier in the year we removed an old post and wire fence to improve access and to enable some extensive siding-up work to be done. Today we should get a good idea of just how much of the old material can still be usefully laid.
Leader: Volunteer to leadDriver: Volunteer to drive

Tuesday 5 Dec 2017Committee meeting 8pmTown Hall
The committee meets once a month in the Oxford Town Hall to make sure that the group operates smoothly.This month we're in the Jury Room - if you'd like to come along and see how we run things and perhaps get more involved, please feel free to join us. Alternatively, we'll be in the Royal Blenheim pub from about 9pm.
Contact: Ed

Sunday 10 Dec 2017Reserve MaintenanceAston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire
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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 of the day's work will be posted in the weekly email, so make sure you're on the OCV mailing list! Once again, we're always looking for volunteers who might lead tasks, indeed without leaders we couldn't keep going, and we're significantly short of volunteers prepared to lead at the moment. So if you're interested contact Phil Hunter via tasks@ocv.org.uk . An Aston Rowant task is a great way to start. You'll be under the guidance of one of the reserve's wardens - Mick or Kate. 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 17 Dec 2017Scrub BashingCrecy Hill LWS, Tackley, Oxfordshire
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Another day's work on behalf of the local parish council to reclaim this small but beautifully sited reserve from invasive scrub. The management plan involves grazing the reserve with livestock - Dexters, apparently the smallest British breed of cattle. The hope is that they'll nibble the nascent scrub, but if they're to do their thing we need to open up some grazing areas for them by taking out the mature bramble and hawthorn.
Leader: Volunteer to leadDriver: Dan Moden

Sunday 24 Dec 2017Christmas Eve
No task today! Happy Christmas.
 

Saturday 30 Dec 2017Hedge LayingRectory Farm Fields, Kidlington
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See out the old year with some hedge-laying! Hedges make great habitat for all sorts of wildlife and for the final task of 2017 we're back in old Kidlington on the penultimate day of the year, a Saturday, to continue work on an extensive hedge-line that borders one of the pastures at Rectory Farm Fields. We'll pick up from where we left off earlier in the month. There will be more scrub and top growth to cut and burn, and we'll stake and bind the laid material to encourage dense re-growth in subsequent seasons.
Leader: Volunteer to leadDriver: Volunteer to drive

Sunday 31 Dec 2017New Year's Eve
Another Sunday off! We'll be back in the New Year.