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In an institution that is as large and diverse as the Oxford University, it is almost impossible to present an adequate summary of all the areas of expertise and all the services and facilities relevant to wildlife and nature conservation. This entry provides some initial contacts:

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Department for Continuing Education

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Department for Continuing Education
This department organises a variety of courses, lecture series, and weekend and summer schools on topics relevant to nature conservation,for example, biodiversity, the Natural History of Oxfordshire, etc. It
also runs an Undergraduate Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Environmental Conservation which are two year, part-time courses both for people working in conservation and for volunteers, and a series of one day courses in Continuing Professional Development.
Gaye Walker Tel: 01865 286953 Website:

Plant Sciences

The department was formed by fusion of activities in agricultural science, botany and forestry, and consequently covers a wide spectrum of interests. The Oxford Forestry Institute is an integral part of Plant Sciences.

The Fielding

Druce Herbarium contains a collection of British plants. Access is available by application.
Serena Marner Tel: 01865 275006 Website:


The department has a large number of research groups in pure and applied Zoology. Activities include animal behaviour, animal ecology, molecular zoology, ornithology, parasitology, evolution, entomology, and wildlife conservation. WILDCRU undertakes original research on aspects of fundamental biology relevant to solving practical problems of wildlife conservation and environmental management. There is a particular strength in mammal ecology (e.g. water voles, otters, badgers, foxes, mink etc).
Emma Harvey Tel: 01865 271132 Email: [email protected]

Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology

Much of the research at the Institute is UK based. It also houses the Alexander Library, one the best ornithological libraries in Europe.
For access to the library (preferably out of term) contact Dr Linda Birch on 01865 271143. Website:

Oxford University Student Union

contacts for the Students Environment Committee change from year to year. For the most up to date contact call 01865 270222

University Museum of Natural History

The museum houses the University´s collections of entomological, geological, mineralogical, and zoological specimens and is open to members of the public Monday to Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm. Reference collections available, on application, for research.
Main telephone number: Tel: 01865272950 Website:

Botanic Gardens

Open to the public daily 9 am to 4.30 pm. The Gardens also collaborate with the rare plants groups in species recovery programmes.
Kathy Warden Fax/Tel: 01865 276920 Email: [email protected]

Environmental Change Institute

The research areas of interest include the prediction of the impact of climate change on landscapes, species conservation and agricultural practice.
Dr Pam Berry and others Tel: 01865 281180 Website:

The Environmental Liaison Group

(at the Environment Change Institute) has set up an environmental electronic network which provides information, through Email, on environmental events and initiatives, mainly from within the University.A new directory, Oxford Environment, has been published which lists all the environmental activities within the University.
Asher Minns Tel: 01865 274717Email for electronic network: asher[email protected]

Oxfordshire ClimateXchange

Based at the Environmental Change Institute, Oxfordshire ClimateXchange works to engage and enable action on climate change in the county.Website:  Email:  [email protected]


Geographical coverage - For organisations that have a geographical coverage that stretches beyond Oxfordshire, the most accessible contact for Oxfordshire activities is listed. M - These groups run a membership subscription scheme, but will very often provide initial advice free of charge NL - Newsletter This Directory may not provide the total coverage of the activities of the groups listed. It concentrates on environmental and nature conservation activities. Disclaimer:  ONCF  cannot accept liability for any losses due to the inaccuracy of any information in this Directory.