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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 31 May 2020Reserve MaintenanceTrap Grounds, Oxford
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We hope to get back to work today at the Trap Grounds with the first ever OCV task under social distancing and special hygiene measures! Given that we can't use the minibus to transport volunteers, most of the forthcoming tasks have been arranged in and around Oxford so that volunteers can make their own way to the sites, and can follow the social distancing and hygiene requirements that we've drawn up. It may be necessary to cancel these tasks at short notice, so keep an eye on the website, and make sure you're signed up to the OCV mailing list to receive the weekly task email that will give explicit instructions about each Sunday task in the week immediately preceding. The Trap Grounds is a long standing OCV favourite, it's 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 great example of a state of the art urban wildlife site with an ideal combination of complementary micro-habitats. We'll be constructing a low willow-wand fence along the stream banks; landscaping one of the pond areas; and taking out and dismembering a couple of large obstructive willows.
Leader: Chris SkepperDriver: Phil Hunter

Tuesday 2 Jun 2020Committee meeting 8pmhome
The committee meets once a month, normally in the Oxford Town Hall, to make sure that the group operates smoothly. This month due to closure of the Town Hall for events we'll meet online instead. You're welcome to join us, please email secretary@ocv.org.uk for details of how to join the call.
Contact: Jenny

Sunday 7 Jun 2020Scrub and Nettle ClearingBurgess Field Nature Park, North Oxford
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We don't usually tackle scrub in the nesting season. But the open grassland areas at the northern end of Burgess Field have a substantial amount of recently self-seeded hawthorn, amongst other things, that we can take out without any risk. There are also plans to cut and then dig out some of the larger nettle beds in preparation for the sowing of wildflower seed in the autumn. As last week, make sure you're signed up to the OCV email list to receive the email that will give you the specific details about today's task.
Leader: Chris SkepperDriver: Tim Bletsoe

Sunday 14 Jun 2020Path ClearingAston's Eyot, Oxford
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We were last here at the very beginning of the year to pollard willows. Today we'll be working to keep the paths open and the site accessible. It's a big site with hundreds of meters of paths and, like last week at Burgess Field, we'll need to be careful about what we cut, but there should be plenty of work, and plenty of space, to keep everyone busy and safe.
Leader: Volunteer to leadDriver: Volunteer to drive

Sunday 21 Jun 2020Reserve MaintenanceAston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire
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The wild flowers on the chalk grassland of this National Nature Reserve in the Chilterns usually look most impressive roundabout now in the early summer. We've kept this task in the schedule in the hope that Natural England will have resumed volunteer work by mid-June. If so, we'll be working with one of the wardens as usual. If not, watch this space for a replacement task! Wherever, and whatever, the task, full details will be in the weekly email as usual, so make sure you've signed up to the OCV mailing list for the weekly task email.
Leader: Volunteer to leadDriver: Volunteer to drive

Sunday 28 Jun 2020Fen Cutting and RakingLye Valley, Oxford
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Lye Valley is one of three specially designated conservation sites in the 'Wild Oxford' BBOWT project (for more information see http://www.bbowt.org.uk/wildoxford). There are two fens at Lye Valley: one to the north, off the Slade; and one to the south, by the golf course. Today we'll work on the south fen. Once again, we'll be joined by the Friends of Lye Valley, and ecologist Judy Webb, who usually manages to find, and photograph, all kinds of fascinating things (click on 'Reserves', then 'Lye Valley', then 'Photos'). It's the kind of job that needs lots of people, so come along and lend a hand. If there's been rain, you'll need wellies.
Leader: Volunteer to leadDriver: Volunteer to drive

Sunday 5 Jul 2020Fen Cutting and RakingLye Valley, Oxford
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A second successive Sunday at Lye Valley. It used to be the case that we could rake both fens in the valley in a single day. It's a mark of the progressive improvement in the quality and extent of this relatively rare habitat that it now takes us two full days. The Friends of Lye Valley have been making constant improvements and the results are impressive. Come and see for yourself! This Sunday we'll be on, and possibly in, the north fen. As last week, if there's been rain, you'll need wellies.
Leader: Volunteer to leadDriver: Volunteer to drive