Hedgehog Talk by Hugh Warwick on 12th November

How to help hedgehogs with Hugh!

Would you like to learn more about the nation’s favourite mammal and how you can help them this autumn?

Come along for an evening of hedgehog fun with the fantastic Hugh Warwick, aka ‘Hedgehog Hugh’!
Hugh is an ecologist, writer and local Oxford celeb, with a particular passion for hedgehog conservation.

The talk will run for approximately 45 minutes, and there will be a chance to ask Hugh questions too.
Please reserve your free tickets on Eventbrite https://naturehoodhedgehogsflopark.eventbrite.co.uk

Family-friendly. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Naturehood is a wildlife project which aims to bring communities together to act for wildlife in their local area.
To learn more visit https://naturehood.uk

Hedgehog event Flo Park.pdf

Boundary Brook Reserve – Tree Felling Courses this winter

Tree Felling By Hand (Beginners) Courses

This winter we will be offering two tree felling courses at Boundary Brook Nature Park.  The courses aim to provide a practical introduction to safe and efficient tree felling using hand tools.  There are 8 places available on each course.

Tree Felling By Hand (Beginners)

Saturday 30th November, 10am to 3pm, FREE 

Tree Felling By Hand (Beginners)

Sunday 1st December, 10am to 3pm, FREE

Nearly 30 years ago, many birch trees were planted at Boundary Brook with the intention they would ‘nurse’ dense scrub.  Many were never intended to become high-canopy trees shading out the adjacent allotments.  These are ear-marked for cutting down this winter.  Many of these cut trees will grow again and this regrowth will be thickened with new shrub and additional hard-wood planting.  Most of the birch to be felled are clean, straight and provide ideal models for the basic principles of safe and efficient tree felling, using simple hand tools. 

On the course you will learn about beaks and brashing, hinges and hitches and something about birch as a timber, firewood and source of ambrosial wine!

Please note the course is for felling with simple hand tools NOT chainsaws.

Courses are aimed at adults 18+

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own food for lunch & snacks.

Please dress sensibly for the weather as we will be outside all day.

To book your place follow one of the links below:

Tree felling by hand (beginners) 30th Nov

Tree felling by hand (beginners) 1st Dec

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

BBNP A3 poster - winter programme.pdf

Boundary Brook Hedgelaying Courses this winter

Hedgelaying Courses & Volunteer Taster Day

This winter BBOWT will be running two hedgelaying courses at Boundary Brook Nature Park.  These courses will be offered to members of Oxford Urban Wildlife Group and East Ward Allotment Association free of charge on a first come first served basis.  The courses are £30 for non-members.  There are 12 places available on each course.

Hedge Laying (Beginners)

Saturday 7th December, 10am to 4pm, FREE with promo code ‘HEDGE’ 

Hedge Laying (Intermediate)

Saturday 25th January, 10am to 4pm, FREE with promo code ‘HEDGE’ 

·         With each of these full day courses, you will cover the basics of hedge laying and learn all the necessary skills & techniques that are required for successful hedge laying.

·         You will learn why hedgelaying is so beneficial to wildlife, creating the ideal conditions for many plants, animals, insects & birds to thrive.

·         The beginners course is aimed at those who have little or no experience of hedgelaying.  The intermediate course is for those who have some hedgelayingexperience but want to practice and improve, and will involve laying a more challenging section of the allotment boundary hedge.

Courses are aimed at adults 18+

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own food for lunch & snacks.

Please dress sensibly for the weather as we will be outside all day.

To book your place follow one of the links below and enter Promo code ‘HEDGE’ to book your free place:

Hedgelaying (beginners) 7th Dec

Hedgelaying (Intermediate) 25th Jan

Together with BBOWT we are also offering a Volunteer Taster Day where we’ll be offering a day of practical hands-on tasks to give potential volunteers a taste of volunteering at Boundary Brook Nature Park.  If you or your family or friends would like to come along and help the please register via this link: Volunteer Taster day 16thNov  The event is completely free but we need to have an idea of how many people are attending.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us or Ed at BBOWT edmunday@bbowt.org.uk

Work Party Volunteers Needed

It’s that time of the year again!

We have two work parties booked now to make progress with site maintenance.

We are asking for volunteers for work parties on Sunday 3rd November and Sunday 10th November. This will run from 11am-1pm on both days.

Any help you can give would be much appreciated. Please email Chris Clifford (EWAA Chair) on ewaa-oxford@hotmail.co.uk to add yourself to a work party list by 27th October.

Hot drinks will be provided.