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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 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: Tim BletsoeDriver: Dan Moden

Sunday 12 Jul 2020Reed Cutting and Willow RemovalCutteslowe Meadows
This is a new site for OCV, and about as close to home as we can get. The meadows lie just to the south east of Cutteslowe Park, between the Cutteslowe Community Woodland, the A40, and the river Cherwell. They lie in the flood plain of the river, so are subject to seasonal flooding, and have a series of discrete ponds, so it's an interesting liminal habitat of mixed wet and dry conditions. The site is owned by Oxford City Council, and they've agreed to a collaborative management plan drawn up by the Freshwater Habitats Trust and the Oxford Botanical Gardens to reintroduce some native dry and wetland flora. The Trust have asked us to take on the preliminary work of cutting and raking the reedbeds, and digging out willow saplings from the margins of the ponds.
Leader: Phil HunterDriver: Tom Bulford

Sunday 19 Jul 2020Reserve MaintenanceAston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire
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The Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve in the Chilterns is managed by Natural England and we've left this task in the schedule in the hope that Natural England might be taking on volunteer work by mid July. If not, however, watch this space! If they are able to restart work then, as usual, we'll be working under the guidance of one of the site wardens. The details of the planned work will be announced via the mailing list in the week preceding the task. So if you're not already on our mailing list, then now is the time to join it. We're always looking for new task leaders (OCV depends on some volunteers being willing to lead) and an Aston Rowant task is a great opportunity to try it out under the supervision of one of the wardens. Contact Phil at tasks@ocv.org.uk for more details.
Leader: Volunteer to leadDriver: Volunteer to drive

Sunday 26 Jul 2020Site MaintenanceStansfeld Park, Oxford
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Stansfeld Park in Headington Quarry, Oxford is set within 18 acres of woodland with ponds, marshland and meadows. The undulating landscape results from quarrying for limestone in the area that was used to build many of Oxford's colleges, churches and civic buildings. When quarrying ended, a variety of habitats formed, including limestone grassland, ash and hazel woodland, dense hawthorn scrub, ponds and wetland. We'll be working for the Oxford Trust who have rejuvenated the site partly as a local amenity and partly an educational resource. Make sure you're on the OCV mailing list to receive details of today's task, and for more on Stansfeld Park see the Oxford Trust website: http://theoxfordtrust.co.uk/stansfeld-education-centre/. As in recent weeks, please note that we'll be following the OCV policies on social distancing and tool/hand hygiene.
Leader: Chris SkepperDriver: Volunteer to drive

Sunday 2 Aug 2020Reserve 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. For more info see the Friends’ website http://trap-grounds.org.uk. The main task today will be to complete the low-level, willow-whip wattle fencing along the water courses to prepare for the dredging operation later in the year. The plan is to use the fencing to hold back the dredged silt, reinforce the banks, and thereby create a suitable habitat for water voles. There’s usually something for everyone at the Trap Grounds, so expect other jobs too – details will be in the weekly task email.
Leader: Volunteer to leadDriver: Volunteer to drive