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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 3 Jul 2022 – Ragwort Pulling at Old Manor Stables Letcombe Bassett

Letcombe Bassett is a small village south west of Wantage. The village, and the down lands that rise immediately behind it, lie within the northern boundary of the North Wessex Downs -- a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The chalk geology, and in particular, the grass habitat it supports are essential to the flora and fauna that depend upon it. The local landowners, and their tenants, voluntarily take on the responsibility of maintaining the ecology unique to the environment in which they live and work. To that end, we've been asked by a local race horse trainer to help control ragwort in a small, shallow comb half way up the face of the down, not far from the Ridgeway Long Distance Path. We'll aim to clear two distinct paddocks in an area grazed by livestock that will help keep the balance of the local flower population without the need for the extensive use of herbicide.

  • Leader: Dariusz Maton
  • Driver: Phil Hunter

For further tasks, see the Events Diary.