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. Thanks, and hope you'll join us soon!

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

Upcoming events (4)

Evening Wildlife Walk at Bernwood Meadows and Bernwood Forest

Bernwood Meadows

Join me for an exploration of these beautiful traditional hay meadows, cared for by BBOWT, with over 100 species of wild flowers including yellow rattle, green-winged orchid, lady's bedstraw and meadowsweet that support butterflies that include marbled white, common blue, black and brown hairstreak. Then we'll move just up the road to Forestry England's Bernwood Forest, part of a much larger ancient Royal Hunting Forest. We'll take their butterfly trail, and see how many of their 40 species of butterfly we can spot! We'll meet at the Bernwood Meadows Nature Reserve Car Park (postcode OX33 1BJ) at 6.45pm, before later moving 1km further up Oakley Road to Bernwood Forest Car Park (postcode HP18 9UR.) Bernwood is 7 miles north-east of Oxford, through Stanton St John. Please allow yourself plenty of time to find our meeting place. PLEASE NOTE - Numbers are limited to 6, so please book only if you're definitely coming (and have transport.) We'll still be observing pandemic guidelines, ie staying 2m apart (face coverings not required.) Don't book if you or anyone in your household is vulnerable or showing symptoms. Any queries, please send me a Private Message. WHAT TO BRING - £2 in coins for the Meetup fee, binoculars/camera, besides any ID guides, a drink and snack. https://www.bbowt.org.uk/nature-reserves/bernwood-meadows https://www.forestryengland.uk/bernwood-forest

Relaxing stroll and picnic down the Thames Pathway to Sandford Lock

Redbridge Park & Ride

£2.00

Join us for a relaxing stroll on Sunday afternoon, meeting at the entrance of the Redbridge Park & Ride on the Abingdon Road at 12.30pm. We will then walk down to the Thames and enjoy the scenery and wildlife along the way, passing under the BMW freight railway. Expect to see Mallard ducks, Canada geese and the occasional gull. We will pause opposite the King's Arms by Sandford Lock and enjoy a packed lunch on the banks of the river, before returning to the Abingdon Road. In line with the current Government rules from June 1, five of our members can join me, whilst still observing social distancing rules. PLEASE NOTE - Numbers are limited to 6, so please book only if you're definitely coming. We'll still be observing pandemic guidelines, ie. staying 2m apart (face coverings not required.) Don't book if you or anyone in your household is vulnerable or showing symptoms. WHAT TO BRING - £2 in coins for the Meetup fee, your picnic lunch and drink, a rug or shawl to sit on, and binoculars/camera if you have them. Sensible walking shoes/boots and protection against the rain just in case!

"Wild" Zoom supper and/or chat

Online event

Pop along with your supper or just bring a drink. Eating online is welcome, we are very relaxed and informal. Feel free to suggest events if you have ideas but be assured we understand that some people still need to be socially distanced for some time to come. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82630772548 Meeting ID:[masked]

FREE Oxford Uni Natural History Museum online talk "The Cambrian Explosion"

The Cambrian Explosion and the evolutionary origin of animals – insights from the far north​​​​​​​ "Our understanding of the evolutionary origin of animals has changed dramatically in recent years. Continuing our talk series, museum director Prof. Paul Smith will look at the beginning of animal life, with particular attention to the Sirius Passet fossil site in the north of Greenland. The exceptionally preserved fossils from this site have been key in the development of our understanding of the ‘Cambrian Explosion’. Paul will discuss evidence for the timing of the origin of animals, as well as the evolution of modern marine ecosystems and food webs. Prepare to journey back in time more than half a billion years… If you would like an introduction to the topic before this live talk, find out more about when animals first appeared in this short video: When do we see the major animal groups first appear in the fossil record? Paul Smith is the Director of Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Professor of Natural History, and has over thirty years of experience on Arctic scientific expeditions. His research is focussed on the interactions of Earth systems and organisms, particularly in relation to the origin and early evolution of animals, and combines the study of sediments and palaeoenvironments with palaeobiology and geochemistry. Our online lecture series features researchers presenting a range of topics in natural history. Beginners and experts are welcome, and while the talks may not be suitable for young children, they are appropriate for adults and young people. Our online lectures are presented live, and there are opportunities for attendees to interact and ask questions to our expert speakers." SIGN UP HERE: https://www.oumnh.ox.ac.uk/event/the-cambrian-explosion-and-the-evolutionary-origin-of-animals

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