What we're about

This Meetup group is for anyone interested in getting outdoors and enjoying the natural world. We explore Oxfordshire's nature reserves, woods and rivers together, looking for birds, butterflies, mammals and wildflowers, and occasionally we may venture outside the county.

There are day and evening walks (ambles rather than serious rambles), sometimes ending at a pub or cafe, and wildlife-related talks we can attend in the winter months. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginner to Chris Packham, and we welcome more hosts for events - any suggestions or offers? It's free to join the group, but as it costs money to host the group on the Meetup platform, we usually ask for a £2 contribution at each Meetup you attend. Some events require a fee or donation to the venue, in which case we usually waive the Meetup fee.

If you book for an event, and then find you can't make it, then please do change your booking on the event page. This saves us waiting until after the start time for 'no shows', and we reserve the right to remove anyone from the group who repeatedly books but doesn't turn up. See our Booking and 'No Show' Policy here https://www.meetup.com/Wild-about-Oxford/messages/boards/thread/53055629

Thanks, and hope you'll join us soon!

* Please note that attending our Meetups are at your own risk, you are responsible for your own safety, and Wild About Oxford takes no responsibility for any accidents that might occur during one of our events.

Upcoming events (4)

Dusk to dark walk around Boars Hill and Youlbury Wood

Wootton Village


Join me for a dusk to dark walk in Boars Hill. We will start the walk at sunset and walk while the light is fading to experience the atmosphere of the woods and varying bird calls while it's getting dark. PLEASE BRING TORCHES! Head torches are a good idea but a normal torch is fine. Please check batteries!

Please wear bright and or/reflective clothing as we will be on a road for part of the walk. Bring a mat or something to sit on (a plastic bag is fine) as when it is dark we will sit quietly for a few minutes and take in the sounds and atmosphere of the woods at night. People can stand if they prefer.

The walk will start at Wootton village then uphill along Youlbury Wood and Henwood. Then we will follow Oxfordshire Greenbelt way and and return via Youlbury Heath. Meet at the car park opposite St Peter's church in Wootton. There is no charge for parking.

WHAT TO BRING - £2 in coins for the Meetup fee, binoculars/camera. Sensible walking shoes/boots and protection against the rain.
Starting point:- Wootton Village car park, Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5HP (opposite St Peter's Church)

VIRUS PRECAUTIONS - Don't book if you or anyone from your household has symptoms or is vulnerable.
See our Covid Policy at https://www.meetup.com/Wild-about-Oxford/messages/boards/thread/52956516

Please don't book unless you're definitely able to come! For our cancellation and 'No Show' policy, see https://www.meetup.com/Wild-about-Oxford/messages/boards/thread/53055629

Early Autumn Walk in Wytham Woods

Wytham Woods


Join us for a late summer/early autumn wildlife walk in Wytham Woods, where the leaves are starting to turn, grey squirrels are frantically stashing nuts, the amazing variety of fungi are appearing, and we may see or hear migrant and resident birds, even deer, rabbits and badgers if we're lucky.

We'll meet at the Main Car Park at 2pm, and leave no later than 2.15pm.
Please bring £2 in coins for the Meetup fee, payable on arrival. I suggest wearing walking boots and suitable outdoor clothing, bring a drink or snack, and perhaps binoculars, camera, fungi or other ID books if you have them.
If you have a Wytham Woods Visitor Permit, do bring it with you. If not, you will be covered as a visitor on my permit, although it's very rare that we are ever checked.

GETTING THERE - Sadly, there are no direct buses to Wytham village. If you're keen, you can cycle, or if not, drive. Access is either from Wolvercote, by the country lane under the A34, or from the A34 northbound - don't miss the turning c1km north of the Seacourt/Botley junction. Entering Wytham village, turn uphill (west) at the White Hart pub, turn right after 75m onto the Private Road, and follow it for c600m uphill to the Car Park.
If you've not been there before, do check out the route online before travelling, and allow plenty of time for your journey.
It is now permitted to car share. If you would like to join us and need a lift, please post a message on the thread below, and reply/make arrangements by Private Message between you (to save others receiving unnecessary notifications.)

For our Booking and No Show policy, see https://www.meetup.com/Wild-about-Oxford/messages/boards/thread/53055629

For our Covid policy, see https://www.meetup.com/Wild-about-Oxford/messages/boards/thread/52956516

Around the World in 80 Plants: Online forum from Plantlife

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Around the world in 80 plants – why plant conservation is a truly international effort.

Plantlife’s International Programme is a focus for global conservation of plants and fungi, so we’re starting our Fall into Nature season with a world tour. Please join Plantlife’s Chief Executive, Ian Dunn, in conversation with Jonathan Drori CBE, author of Around the World in 80 Plants (and Around the World in 80 Trees). Ian will describe some of the most important botanical regions of the world, while Jonathan will share insights about amazing plants found in each one and show how their plant science is entwined with human history, culture and folklore. From the romantic to the regrettable, from the amusing to the bizarre, this event is for people who love plants, travel or reading!

Ian Dunn, Plantlife’s Chief Executive, joined Plantlife in early 2020 after a four year stint as Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southampton. Previously, Ian was the Chief Executive of the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), and before GCT, Ian was on the managing board of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
Jonathan Drori CBE is an renowned author and science communicator who has dedicated his career to media and learning. He is a Trustee of The Eden Project, Cambridge Science Centre, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, and a former Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Woodland Trust.

Plantlife relies on its members and donors. This event is free but if you would like to donate to support our work you can add an optional donation. The more you give, the more plants we can save. Thank you.

For your free ticket (with optional donation) click here: https://tixoom.app/plantlife/ytva6bgr?utm_campaign=fin21&utm_source=PLprogramme&utm_medium=webpage

Communities in action - On the road to success: Online forum from Plantlife

Are you interested in wildlife-friendly road verges? Perhaps you’re a wildlife group, a councillor or highways officer, or a contractor but not sure where to start or need some inspiration? Join us to hear from individuals and organisations from around the country who are transforming road verges for wildflowers and the wildlife they support. You’ll hear from each panellist and will be finding out their top tips for road verge projects. Together we’ll be discussing solutions to frequently encountered barriers such as negative perceptions and collecting grass cuttings, and there’ll be time for you to submit your own questions to the panel.

Speakers: Dr Kate Petty, Road Verge Campaign Manager at Plantlife
Chaired by Plantlife’s Road Verge Campaign Manager, Dr Kate Petty. Kate joined Plantlife in 2018 following a PhD studying the ecology and evolution of the coastal plant Sea Rocket. As part of the Road Verge Campaign, Kate works with councils, community volunteer groups, contractors, statutory and highways agencies to see road verges better managed for wildlife.

Plantlife relies on its members and donors. This event is free but if you would like to donate to support our work you can add an optional donation. The more you give, the more plants we can save. Thank you.

For your free ticket (with optional donation) click here: https://tixoom.app/plantlife/6wklwt0p?utm_source=Plantlife+email+updates&utm_campaign=367ea678a9-RV-Sept21FiN-02092021&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ce964b84b6-367ea678a9-285840792&mc_cid=367ea678a9&mc_eid=de3d41471c

Past events (365)

Late Summer Wildlife Walk on Shotover Hill

Shotover Country Park


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