From: Cynth [cynth@oncf.org.uk]
Sent: 09 February 2006 17:50
To: cynth@oncf.org.uk
Subject: ONCF Environmental Bulletin - 9 Feb 06

 

Forging partnerships that will create a sustainable future for nature

 

Environmental bulletin – 9 February 2006

 

 

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NOTICES

 

1.         Focus on Wetlands

2.         Judi Stretton farewell

3.         Go wild with Flora locale’s 2006 Events Programme!

4.         Schools invited to claim a free compost bin!

5.         Parks for People

6.         Are you enthusiastic about Natural History?

7.         Oxford Volunteer Rangers
8.        
40th anniversary fund for Chilterns parishes launched

9.         Special Trees and Woods Project Officer in post

10.       Work Parties for Banbury Ornithological Society

11.       Oxfordshire Geology Trust Half-Term Events

 

EVENTS

 

12.       Taking advice? Policy, politics and the Royal Commission on Environmental

Pollution, 1970-2006

13.       Rare Plants Register for Oxon

14.       Kate’s Wood

15.       Search for Wildlife in Shipton-on-Cherwell Churchyard

16.       Agricultural Revolution - how changes in farming practices affect birds

17.       Fungi, Fruits and Berries

18.       The Glow-worm

19.       Nearly 30, no paid work and still haven't saved the world

20.       Winter Woodland Family Activities

21.       February Fun for all the Family

22.       Rare Plants: Cotswold Penny-cress

23.       Have Wings, Will Travel

24.       A Walk On Bury Down, West Ilsley

25.       A History of Illustrating Plants

26.       Walk:  Animal Tracks and Signs

27.       Give a Bird a Home
28.      
Climate Change and Social Change Conference

29.       Nature’s gain – how gamebird management has influenced wildlife conservation

30.       BTCV Courses - Practical Tools Use

31.       Introduction to Green Woodworking Weekend

32.       The Future for Oxfordshire’s Water Resources

33.       Berkshire Biological Recorders Forum

 

 

VACANCIES

 

34.       Project Coordinator:  Environmental Information Exchange (EiE)

35.       Office Manager/Reserve Administrator, Otmoor Nature Reserve

36.       Environmental Education Manager for BBOWT

37.       Volunteer Development Officer for BBOWT

38.       Estate Worker for Otmoor Nature Reserve

 

 

REGULAR WORK PARTIES

 

 

NOTICES

 

1.         FOCUS ON WETLANDS

Saturday 4 March         9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Oxfordshire’s Recording and Conservation Day 2006

At Oxford Brookes University, Headington. Hosted by Pond Conservation.

For everyone involved in or interested in species recording and monitoring.

Presentations include:

-  Oxfordshire’s Rivers and Wetlands: Pressures and Opportunities

-  Otmoor and more - a bird's eye view of the Upper Thames Tributaries

-  How many ponds are there in Oxfordshire?

-  The Lower Windrush Valley – an evolving landscape

-  Ecological Monitoring on Rivers

-  Upper Thames Environment Study

Plus:  Updates from local and county Recording Groups - Poster display sessions - Networking opportunities – Join the debate in the panel session

Cost: £10, including lunch

Booking essential. Please contact Cynth Napper of Oxfordshire Nature Conservation Forum on 01865 407034 or email: cynth@oncf.org.uk.

 

2.         JUDI STRETTON FAREWELL

Many of you will know Judi from her days as manager of the BBOWT reserve Tuckmill Meadows, or from her invaluable community input via Longcot Churchyard which won a Green Flag Award in 2004. Judi is shortly moving to Wales to take up a post with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust. She says goodbye and thanks to all Oxfordshire friends. Contact her soon to say goodbye or get her new email address from Cynth@oncf.org.uk in a couple of weeks.

 

3.         GO WILD WITH FLORA LOCALE’S 2006 EVENTS PROGRAMME!

If you want to create a wild flower meadow, establish a new woodland, or use wild seed on your farm, then Flora locale has just the event for you.

 Flora locale has 25 training and demonstration events during 2006 across England, Wales and Scotland covering a wide range of topics including:

·         How to use wild plants in new developments

·         Wild flowers for village greens and urban spaces

·         Creating and restoring wildflower meadows on the farm

“This year’s programme is more extensive than ever before,” says Sue Everett, Flora locale’s Technical Adviser. “We’ve included several new topics, such as grassland restoration on metal-rich sites and how to develop community local seeds initiative, in response to requests from local authorities and landowners.

The range of events covers: woodlands, wetlands, ponds and marshes, upland farms, chalk grassland and meadows.

 To find out more and make a booking, call 01488 680457 or visit www.floralocale.org

 In addition to the Events Programme, Flora locale provides an extensive range of free on-line information on using and sourcing native flora for planting projects.

 www.floralocale.org

 

4.         SCHOOLS INVITED TO CLAIM A FREE COMPOST BIN!

All schools across Oxfordshire are entitled to claim a free compost bin through a scheme run in partnership by the District and County Councils. Since the scheme started, over 80 schools have claimed their free compost bin.  In order to claim a free bin, school staff are invited to attend an information session on waste recycling, composting and education.  Find out more about the Schools Recycling Scheme, Oxfordshire's Wild Waste Show and learn how to use your new school compost bin. 

 

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2006

Time: 3.45pm - 5.15pm

Place: Hill End Environmental Education Centre, near Botley

 

Your free compost bin will be delivered to your schools shortly after the workshop by your local District Council Recycling Officer.  To book a place on the session email: schools.recycling@oxfordshire.gov.uk or ring Ruth Booker, Schools Sustainability Officer, Oxfordshire County Council on 01865

810117.

 

5.         PARKS FOR PEOPLE

The first joint programme from the Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund. Over the next three years, BIG is committing £90 million for Parks, which is being added to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s significant continuing investment in parks.

 

‘Parks for People’ builds on the two Lottery Funds’ shared commitment to bringing a real improvement to local environment and quality of life, making a lasting impact on the lives of local people and the places they live. Our vision is that every community should have access to a good quality local park with opportunities for enjoyment and recreation for all.

 

Grants in the ‘Parks for People’ scheme will range from £250,000 to £5 million. There will be two rounds of funding per year. The first deadline for applications is 31 March 2006 with the first grants due to be awarded in September 2006. These green spaces will usually be owned and managed by a local authority but to be considered for funding applications must actively involve and meet the needs of the local community.

 

Parks for People is being delivered by the Heritage Lottery Fund on our behalf. For further information on the programme and how to apply, please visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website.

 

6.         ARE YOU ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT NATURAL HISTORY?

The Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire (ANHSO, www.anhso.org.uk) runs a full program of lectures and field trips covering the many varied aspects of natural history. It is active in monitoring and conservation work via its Rare Plants Group and Road Verge Group. Its Education Group runs a number of popular courses aimed at helping improve peoples plant identification skills from basic through to advanced level. The ANHSO is currently looking for an enthusiastic person to fill the post of Field Trips Secretary on its committee. If you are interested in Natural History, and could spare a little time to help us, please contact Alison MacDonald on president@anhso.org.uk.

 

7.         OXFORD VOLUNTEER RANGERS
OVR meet fortnightly on a Thursday to carry out practical conservation work on a number of sites owned by Oxford City Council.

All training and tools provided as well as ta and biscuits. All work at your own pace with this new and friendly group helping to maintain the wildlife sites on your doorstep.

Dress for work outside and if you have any questions call Carl on 07801625245.

 

8.         40TH ANNIVERSARY FUND FOR CHILTERNS PARISHES LAUNCHED

The Chilterns AONB Board has decided to make a fund available to help support projects in Chilterns parishes to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Parishes can apply for up to £250 for a project which enhances the natural beauty of the AONB and/or encourages people’s enjoyment of it. Details will shortly be sent out to all parishes. Applications must be received by 15th September 2006 and projects completed by 15th December 2006.

 

9.         SPECIAL TREES AND WOODS PROJECT OFFICER IN POST

Liz Manley took up the post of Co-ordinator for the Special Trees and Woods Project on January 23rd. She is based at the Chiltern Woodlands Project within the AONB office. She will be recruiting and training a team of 20-30 volunteers over the next 3-6 months. The volunteers will be recording oral histories about trees and woods with historical and cultural significance and gathering old and new photographs. She will also be producing displays and literature on the Project.

 

10.       WORK PARTIES FOR BANBURY ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Did you know that the BOS manages six nature reserves and there are always small tasks that require regular attention to make the reserves more favourable to wildlife. If you would like to get involved the next work party is at Pauline Flick Reserve, which is just outside Great Rollright on Sunday 5th March starting around 9.30 am and we would expect to finish around mid-day.  If you are interested in coming along contact Frances on 01608 644425

 

11.       OXFORDSHIRE GEOLOGY TRUST HALF-TERM EVENTS

Wantage Treasure Hunt - 'Geological Treasures' will be hiding in several shop windows around the Market Place from 10th-18th February.  Find and name all the treasures, and you could win our treasure hunt prize!  An answer form can be downloaded from our website www.oxfordshiregt.org.

 

Dino Days -  We are holding Dino Days at the Abingdon Guildhall on 16th February and Banbury Town Hall on 17th February, between 11am and 3pm.  Come along and take part in lots of fun dinosaur games and activities!

 

Edge Hill Guided Walk - OGT and the Reading Geology Society are holding a guided walk along Edge Hill followed by a trip to Edgehill Quarry on 19th February.  We are meeting at 10am near Radway at the junction of the B4086 and Arlescote Road (G.R. 380 487).  NB.  This trip is weather dependent.

 

All of our events are free of charge and open to all.  For further information please contact Oxfordshire Geology Trust on 01367 243 260, or e-mail contact@oxfordshiregt.org.

 

 

EVENTS

(All events must have the permission of the landowner or manager)

 

12.       Thursday 9 February                5.15 pm

TAKING ADVICE? POLICY, POLITICS AND THE ROYAL COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, 1970-2006

By Professor Susan Owens OBE, Professor of Environmental Policy, Department of

Geography, University of Cambridge.

For the 2006 Linacre Lectures, hosted jointly by Linacre College and The Environmental Change Institute with the theme of Environmental Governance’.

In the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Off Parks Road.   (Map and

directions available at: http://www.qubit.org/research/IonTrap/practinfo.html )

 

13.       Saturday 11 February               10 am – 2 pm

RARE PLANTS REGISTER FOR OXON

At the Coach House, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock.

Come and hear how to get involved in preparing a list of nationally and locally rare and threatened plants in your county. Volunteers are needed to visit localities to see if plants survive. Interested people and groups may like to ‘adopt’ a species or an area to search. Please contact Ellen Lee at Ellen.Lee@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

 

14.       Sunday 12 February                 anytime between 10 am – 5 pm

KATE’S WOOD

In 2006 Oxford Urban Wildlife Group have an ambitious project: planting the new 2.5 acre 'Kate's Wood' on the Boundary Brook site. Today we are talking about woodland habitat creation and also planting some trees - giving everyone a chance to make their mark on posterity! Drop in for an hour or stay all day - the choice is yours.  There will be a fire and hot drinks.   Bring a packed lunch if staying all day.

 

15.       Sunday 12 February                 2 pm

SEARCH FOR WILDLIFE IN SHIPTON-ON-CHERWELL CHURCHYARD

Kidlington.

Discover the exciting miniature world of wildlife in a churchyard: lichens and mosses on the headstones and walls; wild flowers and mini-beasts in the nooks and crannies. Hand lenses provided. Experts on hand to help you search and learn. You may wish to bring a kneeling pad. Dress warmly. Wheelchair access. Children welcome.  Meet: Shipton-on-Cherwell village centre, outside the church yard, near River Cherwell. SP 489 165.  Dogs on leads welcome.  £1 suggested donation.  Contact J. Webb 01865 377487.

 

16.       Monday 13 February                7.30 pm

AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION - HOW CHANGES IN FARMING PRACTICES AFFECT BIRDS

A talk for Banbury Ornithological Society by Marek Nowakowski. Marek is an independent farming advisor .He has a passion for wildlife and believes that there is a way for farmers to farm and help wildlife. He will be exploring some research that he has done and looking at creating habitats for wildlife. Meet Whately Hall Hotel, Banbury - all welcome Contact Frances 01608 644425.

 

17.       Tuesday 14 February                8.05 pm

FUNGI, FRUITS AND BERRIES

An illustrated talk by May Parker.  This is a Launton Environmental Group meeting.

Venue: Launton Parish Hall, which is on the left of the lane by Launton C of E Primary School.  Non-members welcome £1.  Contact Maureen Roberts 01869 244757.

 

18.       Wednesday 15 February          7.30 pm

THE GLOW-WORM

 John Tyler has made a special study of this fascinating insect, which is becoming quite rare. An Abingdon Naturalists meeting to be held in the Ingham Room in the new Arts Centre of Abingdon Boys School, to the right inside the main gate in Park Road.  There is parking nearby. Contact: David Guyoncourt on 01235 529151.

 

19.       Wednesday 15 February          7.30 pm

NEARLY 30, NO PAID WORK AND STILL HAVEN'T SAVED THE WORLD

The life-story of the Oxford Conservation Volunteers from 1977 to now - to what next, as told by John Gorrill and others. Oxford Urban Wildlife Group with Oxford Conservation Volunteers. Gladiator Club on the corner of Iffley Rd and Percy Street. Admission free. Disabled access.  Contact: Janet Keene on Oxford Oxford 820522. e-mail: keene@ouwg.org.uk

 

20.       Thursday 16 February              10 am – 2 pm

WINTER WOODLAND FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Come and visit Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve and discover the wonders of its woodlands. Meet at the Aston Rowant car park to enjoy crafts and quizzes between 10 am and 2 pm and a guided walk at 11 am. For more information, please contact Anne (Assistant Site Manager) on 01844 351833.

 

21.       Thursday 16 February              10 am – 3 pm

FEBRUARY FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY

The Northmoor Trust, Little Wittenham, Abingdon

Activities will include fire building and toasting marshmallows, making a woodland hat, blindfold walks and mapsticks. Come dressed to spend the day outside in the wood. Cost £7 per child. Adults free. 1 adult per 3 children. Bring a packed lunch. Unsuitable for very young children and buggies.

Booking essential as places are limited.

For more information and to book phone Jenny Carter on 01865 407792.

www.northmoortrust.co.uk / admin@northmoortrust.co.uk

 

22.       Thursday 16 February              1.10 pm

RARE PLANTS: COTSWOLD PENNY-CRESS (THLASPI PERFOLIATUM)

Speaker:  Judith Hart.  Talk with slides organized by the Rare Plants Group of the Ashmolean Natural History Society.  Location:  Department of Plant Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford.  £1 donation suggested.  Contact S. Helm 01993 851842.

 

23.       Monday 20 February

HAVE WINGS, WILL TRAVEL

A talk by Dominic Couzens for Vale of White Horse RSPB group, at the Civic Hall, Britwell Road, in Didcot. Dominic’s talks always inform and entertain in equal measures. Tonight he delves into the mysteries of migration. Free parking and full wheelchair access. Refreshments & birdfoods available. Visit www.rspb-vwh.org or phone 01491 835692

 

24.       Tuesday 21 February                10.15 am

A WALK ON BURY DOWN, WEST ILSLEY

An Abingdon Naturalists event. There could be Short-eared Owls, Corn Buntings and raptors. Come off A34 towards West Ilsley, turn right into the car park (SU 479841) where the Ridgeway crosses the road.  Wear warm clothing as the start of the walk is very open.   Leader:  Tony Rayner

Car sharing is strongly recommended.  Anyone without transport should telephone one of the officers or committee members who will try to arrange a lift.  Offers from car drivers will be welcomed. Contact: Jo Cartmell on 01235 534424.

ANS website:  www.communigate.co.uk/oxford/ans

 

25.       Tuesday 21 February                8.00 pm

A HISTORY OF ILLUSTRATING PLANTS

By Dr Stephen Harris, for the Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire. At the Earth Sciences Department, Parks Road, Oxford.  Admission: Non-members £2. Further details: 01865 762951.

 

26.       Saturday 25 February               10 am

Walk:  Animal Tracks and Signs

Warburg Nature Reserve, nr Henley-on-Thames, Oxon

Detecting tell-tale signs of mammals and birds, the walk is about one mile long with lots of stops and is ideal for accompanied children. No stiles but the terrain will be muddy and uneven.  Meet:  Warburg Nature Reserve car park.  SU 720 879.  Bring packed lunch. Suitable for dogs.  Admission:  Adults £3; children £1.  Contact Giles Alder 01491 624001.  BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

 

27.       Sunday 26 February     10 am - 12.30 pm
 GIVE A BIRD A HOME
With spring just around the corner birds are thinking about where to make their homes. You can help them by making a nestbox. Either pay £4 and take your box home or pay £1 and have it put up in Jonty's Wood in the grounds of the South Oxford Adventure Playground (SOAP) or in the grounds of  St. Ebbes Primary and Grandpont Nursery Schools or local parks. Come along any time between 10 am and 12:30 pm.

 

28.       Wednesday 1 March                10 am – 4 pm

CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOCIAL CHANGE CONFERENCE

Part of the Environmentalism & Climate Change Series organised by the Department of Planning and Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University and the School of Geography at the University of Oxford.

Venue: Buckley Building, Room BG10-11, Oxford Brookes University, Gypsy Lane Campus.

Speakers: Colin Challen MP, Jonathan Neale, Erik Swyngedouw, Caroline

Lucas MEP, George Monbiot

 

Registration: there is no registration fee, but you will need to register by one week beforehand if you wish to attend by sending an email to: tmarshall@brookes.ac.uk

 

For more details on the forthcoming events, please check on our website:

http://www.brookes.ac.uk/schools/planning/monbiot/

 

29.       Thursday 2 March        6.15 for 7 pm

NATURE’S GAIN – HOW GAMEBIRD MANAGEMENT HAS INFLUENCED WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Organised by the Game Conservanyc Trust. ‘Come and hear about the research, facts and figures that resulted in our new report. Essential information for all those involved in game, wildlife and countryside management. Also the preliminary results of our three-year study looking at the impacts of released pheasants on habitats and wildlife in the countryside.’

At Circencester College, Gloucestershire. Booking required. Tel 01425 652381. Email: jhilton@gct.org.uk. Cost £7.50.

 

30.       Saturday 11 March

BTCV COURSES - PRACTICAL TOOLS USE

A one-day course on Tools Use and Maintenance at Enstone Airfield. The aim of the course is to provide a basic understanding of the safe use of tools for common conservation projects.

The course will cover BTCV Health and Safety policy, rules, reporting and emergency procedures.

It will enable participants to recognise the potential hazards associated with a task and demonstrate the safe use of appropriate tools.  The following tools will be used  on the day:-Bowsaw, Billhook, Slasher, Loppers, Drivel, Shuv-Holer, Spade, Shovel+Mattock.

All who successfully complete the training will receive an NCFE accredited certificate through the BTCV Institute at Level 2.

Course fee is £10.

Booking forms and further information can be obtained from

        BTCV by: Telephone: 0118 947 5049 or Email: thamesandchilterns@btcv.org.uk
        www.btcv.org/thamesandchilterns

31.       Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March                   9am - 4.30pm

INTRODUCTION TO GREEN WOODWORKING WEEKEND

Hill End Residential and Field Studies Centre.

Cost £50.00 (£35.00 if OCC Staff)

For those who are interested in learning about green woodworking, who have a general interest in trees and how to build objects, tools and shelters in the woods. Participants will discover the practical and educational potential of trees in the Hill End grounds and neighbouring woodland during the construction of a large permanent shelter.

 

Booking is essential.  Contact David Millin the Land Management Officer at Hill End Residential and Field Studies Centre, Eynsham Road, Farmoor, Oxford.  OX2 9NJ.  Tel.01865 863510.  E-mail david.millin@oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

Bring outdoor clothes and shoes, gloves, pencils and a ruler.

 

32.       Wednesday 22 March

THE FUTURE FOR OXFORDSHIRE’S WATER RESOURCES

For World Water Day

There is a growing interest in water resources as an issue, nationally and locally. With the projected

rise in population in the County and within the Thames Basin, there is renewed pressure on finite water resources against a rising demand. Environmental impacts are growing, threatening habitats and reducing biodiversity. The extremes of the current climate exacerbate existing problems but future climate change is foreseen to worsen conditions. However, until water presents a problem, it is often forgotten—a perpetual supply of wholesome water, effective sanitation and freedom from floods are the expected norm. World Water Day offers an opportunity to raise local awareness of the value of water

 

The seminar will help raise the profile of water as an issue and explore changing attitudes to water. The various supply and demand options will be explored, in order to satisfy expectations about the future of water in Oxfordshire and in the Thames Basin in general.

The seminar will bring together policy makers, business and agricultural interests, water practitioners and researchers with members of the public and the media to inform and discuss the main water resources issues being faced in Oxfordshire at present time and in those likely to arise in the near future. 

An edited report will be produced on the proceedings, which will be disseminated widely.

 

Hosted by the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. Contact: Prof Mike Edmunds, Research Director, Oxford Centre for Water Research. All communications should be addressed to John Gates (ECI) (john.gates@ouce.ox.ac.uk) from whom registration forms are available. Registration Fees (including buffet lunch at University Club): Full £25.  Discretionary £15.  Student £10 (evidence needed).

 

33.       Saturday 25 March       10.00 – 4.00 pm

BERKSHIRE BIOLOGICAL RECORDERS FORUM

At St Mary’s Church Parish Centre, Church Road, Burghfield, Reading. (SU 67097 68408)
This free event is open to all and aims to encourage Recorders and Recording Groups to share their experiences and exchange ideas and information with other wildlife enthusiasts.

Presentations on:

The Ancient Tree Hunt – Jill Butler, Conservation Policy Officer, Woodland Trust and the Ancient Tree Forum

Biodiversity from a local authority perspective - Jeremy Davy, Principal Ecologist, West Berkshire Council

Brownfield habitats and their invertebrate fauna – Andrew Whitehouse, Project Officer for Buglife

AM Workshops on:

Identifying features of antiquity in ancient woodlands - Dick Greenaway

Mammal recording in Berkshire – Philippa Burrell TV ERC

PM workshops on:

Developing characteristic botanical species lists in Berkshire – Sarah Gorman TV ERC

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems and applications using biological records - Adrian Hutchings TV ERC

Refreshments will be provided, but bring your own lunch.

To attend please contact Adrian Hutchings on 01635 519179 or e-mail ahutchings@westberks.gov.uk.

 

 

VACANCIES

 

34.       PROJECT COORDINATOR:  ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION EXCHANGE (EIE)

Salary: £18,517, rising annually to £20,235, plus opportunity for performance awards up to £22,111 (for exceptional candidates there may be a possibility of negotiating a starting salary above the lowest point.)

Closing date for applications: Wednesday February 15th

EiE is a non-profit group based at Oxford Brookes University, supporting the environmental efforts of businesses and other organisations in the Oxfordshire area.

 

Responsibilities for this post will include: organising and running the office on a day-to-day basis; planning and carrying out a number of special projects (eg waste audits, energy reviews, training workshops) with pilot SMEs/Business Parks; building up a network of contacts among local businesses and other organisations; providing information for businesses and other organisations; organising events, and supporting participating organisations; arranging publicity concerning the EIE

 

You should have: a degree or equivalent experience in a relevant area (eg Environmental Sciences); experience working with businesses or equivalent organisations, and/or local authorities; experience in developing projects; good communications skills (verbal, written and visual); aptitude/ skill in presentation of information/data in an understandable way to a variety of audiences; self motivation and the ability to work on your own initiative without close supervision

For an application pack, please see http://www.brookes.ac.uk/vacancy/086_15037/initial

 

35.       OFFICE MANAGER/RESERVE ADMINISTRATOR, OTMOOR NATURE RESERVE

£12 - £15,000 per annum

The RSPB is looking for an experienced office and financial administrator at the Otmoor Nature Reserve at Beckley.  The successful applicant will be running the office to support the reserve team carrying out a major programme of habitat creation and management, establishing and maintaining the reserve infrastructure, monitoring programmes, supervision of a large team of volunteers, work with the local community, managing budgets, monitoring and managing grant claims and general reserve tasks. This is a fixed term contract during the development of the reserve to act as office manager, act as PA to the site manager and to manage the reserve office infrastructure. The post holder will be responsible for managing the reserve office, budget management, grant claims and major administrative aspects of reserve operations including staff, events, volunteers and general administration. The post holder will also be the front-line contact for enquiries to the reserve by post, email and telephone. You should be able to work under your own initiative and have good organisational and planning skills. Experience with the Microsoft office suite or equivalent is essential.

 

Please visit www.rspb.org.uk for an application pack or contact Barbara Reason by emailing otmooradmin@rspb.org.uk or sending an sae to RSPB c/o Folly Farm, Common Road, Beckley, Oxon OX3 9UR Closing date 22 February, interviews to be held 2 March 2006. Registered charity 207076

 

36.       ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION MANAGER FOR BBOWT

Salary £20,000 pa

Permanent position

Based at Sutton Courtenay, near Didcot, Oxon

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is the largest voluntary organisation in the region concerned with all aspects of nature conservation.  With 90 nature reserves supported by a growing membership base, the Trust actively works to educate and encourage all sectors of the community to care for local wildlife.

 

We are looking for an exceptional person to work alongside a seconded post (p/t) from Oxford County Council in developing and delivering high quality educational programmes that will “inspire, encourage and support people to take action for wildlife”.

 

With a proven track record in providing environmental education for schoolchildren, teachers and families, the successful candidate will also expand the work of the centre and optimise its use by involving more volunteers, the surrounding community and local businesses. This post will be CRB checked at enhanced level.

 

For full details on how to apply for the post, please phone 01865 775476 or email info@bbowt.org.uk. Please note that only successful applicants will be notified. The closing date for applications is Monday 20th February 12.00 noon. Interviews will be held at Sutton Courtenay on Tuesday, 28th February 2006

 

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, The Lodge, 1 Armstrong Road Littlemore, Oxford  Oxon  OX4 4XT        Registered Charity No. 204330              www.bbowt.org.uk

 

37.       VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR BBOWT

Salary: £18,000 per annum

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is a membership-based voluntary organisation, managing 90 nature reserves, influencing land management across the 3 counties and actively working to educate and encourage all sectors of the community to care for local wildlife. We employ over 50 staff and have over 1500 volunteers.

 

We are looking for a motivated and inspiring team player, with a can-do approach and an enthusiasm for wildlife. You will need a minimum of 1 year’s experience of working with volunteers, experience of leading practical activities on-site, experience of designing and delivering training, and excellent communication skills. This post will be subject to a satisfactory CRB check at enhanced level.

           

This post is offered on a 3.5 year contract, based in Oxford. The closing date for applications is noon on Monday, 20th February. For full details on how to apply for any of the positions, please phone 01865 775476 or email info@bbowt.org.uk. Please note that only successful applicants will be notified. Interviews will be held near Oxford on Thursday 2nd March.

 

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, The Lodge, 1 Armstrong Road, Littlemore, Oxford, Oxon  OX4 4XT        Registered Charity No. 204330              www.bbowt.org.uk

 

38.       ESTATE WORKER FOR OTMOOR NATURE RESERVE

£12,000 - £14,000 pa

Nr Oxford.

This is an exciting new opportunity for an enthusiastic practical person.  The role will be supporting the reserve management team to undertake a programme habitat management and creation on this wetland site.  You must be able to demonstrate an aptitude for practical tasks and be able to work as part of a team and on your own.  Applicant should have some experience in, grassland and hedgerow management, scrub control, estate maintenance, tools and machinery.

Closing date: 3rd March 2006   Interview date:  15th March 2006

For further information and an application form, please visit our website or send an A4 SAE to:  Barbara Reason, RSPB, c/o Folly Farm, Common Road, Beckley, Oxford OX3 9UR. Email otmooradmin@rspb.org.uk

 

 

 

REGULAR WORK PARTIES

 

OXFORD URBAN WILDLIFE GROUP

OUWG holds fortnightly Sunday work parties at Boundary Brook Nature Park.

The Nature Park is reliant on voluntary help to maintain the reserve in good condition - very friendly group, tools provided (tuition too if required). Choose task and pace. Drop in for a taster or stay for whole session or part. Bring suitable clothes for outdoor work, sturdy footwear. www.ouwg.org.uk

 

Saturday 11 February               10 am – 5 pm

Boundary Brook Woodland Project:  In January 1991, OUWG planted a wood: now it needs some TLC. David Rees from the Oxfordshire Woodland Project will be on hand to talk about woodland management and demonstrate some techniques.   Watch, learn and then have a go!   There will be a good fire on site throughout the day and hot drinks available at intervals. Bring a packed lunch if planning to stay all day.

 

RSPB OTMOOR: THURSDAY WORK TEAM

Join our friendly team at our wonderful wetland nature reserve at Otmoor, nr Beckley. Experience the reserve from behind the scenes and help maintain the wet grassland, reedbed and scrub habitats for rare wading birds, butterflies, dragonflies and a whole host of other wetland wildlife. You will be involved in a range of tasks from hedge laying for Hairstreak butterflies and reed planting for bitterns to maintaining the fencing and other infrastructure for our grazing cattle or improving access for visitors.

The work party meets at 9.30am every Thursday till about 4pm. You will need work clothes, a packed lunch and bags of enthusiasm! Please contact otmoor.admin@RSPB.org.uk or Tel. 01865 351163 for further details.

 

SOUTH CHILTERN VOLUNTEER TASKS

First Saturday and third Wednesday each month Ewelme Watercress Beds. Near Wallingford. SU641916.   Bring Wellies

First Wednesday each month Mill Meadow, Henley, working with the Henley Wildlife Group. Bring stout shoes.

Details of tasks from Beryl Hunt 01491-872795 or Robert Watson 0118-9722737 (early evenings only).

 

OXFORD CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS TASKS

Contact: Paul  (eve) 01865 718904.  Our website has more details about the group & links to info about the sites:  www.ocv.org.uk

DATE:             Sunday 12 February

TASK:             Hedge laying

PLACE:           Little Wittenham.

We're hedge laying again for the Northmoor Trust. And Castle Hill, near our worksite, was an Iron Age hill fort. It has a stunning view of Oxfordshire.And here's a chance to learn hedge laying or brush up your skills. How many more reasons do you need?

 

BARTON FIELDS GREEN TEAM

Abingdon

Please email jo.cartmell@varistha.demon.co.uk or phone Jo Cartmell on 01235 534424 if you intend to come to any of our tasks.

Saturday 11 February at 1:30 am.

We will be clearing Greater Willowherb from an area of Cuckoo Flower. meeting at the interpretation board by the Thames Path near to the Abbey Grounds entrance

Wellies advised.

If you are a new member and would like to join us please phone either David Guyoncourt on 01235 529151 or Jo Cartmell on 01235 534424

 

BTCV GREEN GYMS AT SONNING COMMON, ABINGDON AND WALLINGFORD

BTCV Green Gym is a unique scheme to help people become physically and mentally healthier by taking part in nature conservation activities to improve their local environment. For more information, see the website www.btcv.org/greengym. For all tasks wear sturdy boots and old clothes,bring waterproofs if wet.

 

Tuesday 14 February                10 am – 1 pm

Mowbray Fields, Didcot. Gate at end of Mowbray Road SU523888

Coppicing

Car pooling

 

SONNING COMMON GREEN GYM

Saturday 11 February  9.30 - 12.30 

HOLLY CLEARANCE at Spring Wood, Rotherfield Peppard.  Park in paddock off Blounts Court Road SU708808.  Leaders: David Gordon and Jean Fowler  0118 972 3528

 

Thursday 16 February 9.30 - 12.30 

WOODLAND MAINTENANCE for public access at Reading Golf Club, Emmer Green.  Park in club carpark off Kidmore End Road SU718767.  Leaders: Tony Chandler and Mike Saunders  0118 972 3528

 

Saturday 18 February               9.30 - 12.30 

COPPICING AND PREPARATORY WORK FOR HEDGE LAYING at Clayfield Copse, Emmer Green.  Meet in carpark SU724768.  Leaders: Tony Chandler and Diane Gordon  0118 972 3528

 

 

ABINGDON GREEN GYM               9.30 am starts

Contact: Ian Smith        Mobile: 07838 337887.  Email:  iansmithy@btinternet.com.

Please ring Ian Smith for task schedule.Under 16s accompanied by an adult are welcome. We provide :  All tools and tea and coffee for a mid morning break!

Saturday 11 February

South Town Park. Car Park by Rugby Hut

Chopping bramble

Chloe Keg and Alison Smith join us for this session.

 

 

WALLINGFORD GREEN GYM

Contact: Graeme Gemmill, Wallingford Green Gym co-ordinator Tel:01491 832364, Email: graeme@gemmill.name

 

Saturday 11 February   10 am – 1 pm

Cemetery Lane wooden kissing gate. SU609900

Wallingford Castle Meadows

Pond area – finish path and steps

 

 

BBOWT WORK PARTIES :

 

ABBEY FISHPONDS NATURE RESERVE

Regular Friday work parties                  9.30 to 1.00

Irregular Saturday work parties              9.30 to 1.00.

Please contact Marjorie White for further details. Tel 01235 216428 or 01235 530174. email saveradleylakes@ntlworld.com

 

THE BUCKS AND OXON MID-WEEK TEAM

Every Wednesday                    8.45am             Near Oxford, Oxon

Bring a drink and packed lunch, wear suitable outdoor clothing, tools provided, training given. You are advised to check your Tetanus is up to date. All volunteers are covered by the Trusts insurance. Child safety legislation - children under the age of 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please let the task leader know in advance if you wish to attend a work party. Contact: Mark Vallance (Bucks) or Gavin Hageman

(Oxon) at BBOWT HQ (01865) 775476

 

WARBURG NATURE RESERVE WEDNESDAY VOLUNTEERS

Every Wednesday - ALL YEAR ROUND    

9.30 am - 4.00 pm near Henley onThames, Oxon

Leader: Alison Lee. Volunteers help out with practical work and wildlife monitoring. No experience necessary, tools and training provided. Please ring first.

Meet: Warburg Nature Reserve Information Centre. SU 720879.

Contact: Alison Lee (01491) 642001  warburg@bbowt.org.uk

 

SUTTON COURTENAY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE WORK PARTY

Fourth Sunday of each month                10.00 am - till lunch time (or later if willing to stay on). Near Didcot, Oxon. 

 

DRY SANDFORD PIT NATURE RESERVE  WORKING PARTY

First Sunday of every Month          10 am                     near Abingdon, Oxon.

Leader: Stephen Grigson.  Tools and refreshments provided. No dogs. Meet: Dry Sandford Pit car park.  SU 467997.  Contact: Stephen Grigson (01865) 390540.

 

WHITECROSS GREEN WOOD NATURE RESERVE WORK PARTY

near Murcott, Oxon

Leader: B Woodell Admission: Free. Bring lunch if staying all day. Wear tough, old clothes and gloves. Tools are provided. Leave whenever you want to.  Meet: Whitecross Green Wood car park. Nearest Train Station: Bicester or Islip.  SP 600150.  No dogs. Possibly suitable for people with impaired mobility. Contact: B Woodell 0845 4589237 for dates.

 

SS MARY & JOHN CHURCHYARD RESTORATION PROJECT

During the winter months there is a working party every Saturday 2 - 4pm.  In addition to the clearing work, we are busy planting conservation hedges round the boundary. For further details, please contact Rodney Burr at  rodney.burr@ntlworld.com

Tel: (01865)766044.: website: www:sageoxford.org.uk/churchyard.htm

 

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