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Woodstock Water Meadows7 Dec 2014
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Ready, steady, coppice

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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire16 Nov 2014
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Brasenose Wood, Oxford9 Nov 2014
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Brasenose Woods on a crisp autumn morning - beautiful

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Section 1999 in need of some OCV TLC

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Trap Grounds, Oxford8 Nov 2014
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Mary's bonfire

Kirtlington Parish, North Oxfordshire2 Nov 2014
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Lots of bull rushes removed in a morning's work

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Cothill National Nature Reserve26 Oct 2014
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Knocking in an intermediate fence post

Norfolk18 Oct 2014
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Norfolk17 Oct 2014
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Trap Grounds, Oxford11 Oct 2014
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The dismembered willow

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Lye Valley, Oxford5 Oct 2014
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The bank, a keen volunteer made an early start

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The north fen, ready for raking.

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OCV and the Friends for the Lye Valley hard at work

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Trap Grounds, Oxford27 Sep 2014
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Building a temporary bridge (Photo courtesy of Alan Allport, Friends of the Trap Grounds)

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Removing a rusting chassis from Heron Swamp

Shill Brook, Carterton21 Sep 2014
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Plenty of hawthorn to clear so the grass can be mown later

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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire7 Sep 2014
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Shotover Country Park, Oxford24 Aug 2014
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Lye Valley, Oxford29 Jun 2014
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Raking the North fen (courtesy J Webb)

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Tea break (courtesy J Webb)

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Banded General Soldierfly (Stratiomys potamida) (courtesy J Webb)

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Rectory Farm Fields, Kidlington21 Jun 2014
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The spire of St. Mary's church across the fields

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Woodstock Water Meadows15 Jun 2014
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Man With Balsam 1

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Prize Specimen

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A view across one of the six meadows

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Cothill National Nature Reserve8 Jun 2014
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Finishing off the decking on the pedestrian bridge.

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Logs laid down on the muddy areas of the path

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Finishing off the decking on the bridge for the ponies.

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Shotover Country Park, Oxford1 Jun 2014
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Small Balsam - before

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Small Balsam - after

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Tea-time

Peak District National Park, Derbyshire23 May 2014
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Path before work - worn down by weather and motorbikes

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Stone pitching 1 - A hole is dug (easier said than done in stony ground)

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Stone pitching 2 - Hole is filled with stones with as few gaps as possible ("horizontal drystone walling")

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Cothill National Nature Reserve11 May 2014
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Digging in the first foundation sleeper on one of the bridges

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The bridging timbers countersunk for the coach screws that will fix them to the sleeper

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The view across the fen

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Rectory Farm Fields, Kidlington13 Apr 2014
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Rectory Farm Fields

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Excavating fallen stones both sides of the wall

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The wall is collapsing in places

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Widnell Park, Piddington, North Oxfordshire6 Apr 2014
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It's a wrap! The dismantled chainlink fence

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Unusually civilized arrangements for lunch

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A very nicely hung gate

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Holywell Cemetery, Oxford30 Mar 2014
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Mixing it up

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Mixing team 2

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"Like icing a cake"

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Jubilee Fields and Long Meadow, Wootton, West Oxfordshire23 Mar 2014
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Jubilee Fields & Long Meadow and a multiplicity of tasks

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Replacing a sign #1

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Replacing a sign #2

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Trap Grounds, Oxford15 Mar 2014
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Building a barricade by the bird hide

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The plan is to divert the footpath...

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...so that birds have a space to nest close to the pond

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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire9 Mar 2014
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Sydlings Copse, North-East Oxford2 Mar 2014
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Today we're clearing scrub from the fen.

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Brambles and willow/hazel/birch regrowth is taking over in some areas...

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...and shading out the fenland species.

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Chilswell Valley, Oxford23 Feb 2014
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Clearing scrub from the valley side to preserve the limestone grassland

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Without intervention the whole valley side would progress to woodland...

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... and the rare grassland flora would be lost

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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire16 Feb 2014
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At Sunny Aston Rowant to plant Juniper

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Juniper cuttings ready to plant out

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Off to dig

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Trap Grounds, Oxford15 Feb 2014
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The finished repair to the bird hide

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Shotover Country Park, Oxford9 Feb 2014
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Oxford Conversation Volunteers

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Hanging out gloves to dry

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Sydlings Copse, North-East Oxford2 Feb 2014
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Clearing the woodland ride at Sydlings Copse

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Cleared path

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And starting to clear the fen.

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Shotover Country Park, Oxford25 Jan 2014
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In Mary Sadler's Field: clearing the scrub that inhibits the heather

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One of several piles of cut gorse with established heather in the middle distance to the right

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heather to the left of the path, gorse to the right.

Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire19 Jan 2014
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Today we're tackling a slope covered in a tangled mass of bramble, rose and thorn.

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Photos from forty years ago show the slope covered in chalk grassland flora, but grazing sheep haven't been enough to stop the scrub invading.

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So we're going to return the slope to the rare chalk grassland for which Aston Rowant is famous.

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