Milham Ford Nature Park        

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 Updated 29 July 2014

Dr Judy Webb winner of  Natural England Volunteering award - go to:
New Marston Wildlife Group

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aerial view of the Park

Plan of the Park
with links to slideshows of the different areas


DOGS

Unfortunately, 'Man's Best Friend' is not so helpful when it comes to wildflowers and fungi. Dog excrement, and even urine, adds nutrients to the soil making conditions more favourable for grass, which could then smother and kill off the wildflowers and the fungi

Also, roundworm eggs in dogs' faeces can survive for up to 5 years in the soil.  If they get into a person's system, they can cause total blindness - as with the toddler who lost the sight of an eye (click here) and a woman who had to have an eye removed 30 years after becoming infected (click here).

 

Fouling by dogs is an increasing problem in the Park - click here
To prevent any health risks and to preserve the flowers and fungi, please keep your dog on a lead so you can keep track of any 'deposits' and bag-and-bin them.  (There are red bins for dog excrement in the park.)

Research from a report from Bayer Animal Health revealed that 75 per cent of owners do not regularly worm their pet, while half don't clear up after their dogs.
 

 

PLANTS

Please don't bring any plants from your garden ponds to Milham Ford Park, no matter how attractive you might think they would be there - see 'Be Plant Wise' article.

 

 

Freshwater Habitats Trust
(Charity number 107708)

Find out why Britain's ponds
need our help.

 

Appeal against refusal by Oxford City Council of 2nd application for consent for a housing development close to the Park

Appeal DISMISSED

Planning Application 13/02630/FUL

 

The Planning Inspector's refusal was based on the detrimental effect this development would have on the low-density sylvan character of Headington Hill Conservation Area. 

 

 

Oxford in Bloom
Two judges visited the Park on 29 July 2014

 

From left to right: Judy Webb (New Marston Wildlife Group), Norman Parker (Thames and Chilterns in Bloom), Anne Kempson (a RHS Britain in Bloom regional judge), Stuart Fitzsimmons (Parks & Open Spaces Manager, Oxford City Council) and Gary Clark (Ranger, Oxford City Council Countryside Team)

 

 

Volunteering in the Park
Sunday, 20 July 2014

 

 

For slideshow, click here

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Small Toad (about 2.5 cm), probably about

 1 year old, found in the park on 27 07 2014

Photo by Judy Webb
 

 

Spiny Restharrow, Ononis spinosa, 29 06 2014
For photo of group of plants, click
here.

Corizus hyoscyami, seen in the park on
27 07 2014, is particularly partial to this plant

 

 

Female Common Blue butterfly
Polyommatus icarus - 27 07 2014


 

 

 

 

 

Construction of a bee wall
 in the Park is planned for
 late summer 2014

Curt Lamberth, NMWG Chairman, has already overseen the building of a bee wall at the John Radcliffe Hospital - see photos.


Hairy-footed flower bees in
Milham Ford Nature Par
k

Photo by Judy Webb

 

These bees nest in holes in dry, sunny, banks, mounds or old walls.  The males  (one of them posed on Judy's finger) do not sting.  Photos taken by Judy Webb in April 2014 are on Dropbox

 

New Marston Wildlife Group

Future NMWG events in
Milham Ford Nature Park (and elsewhere)

Past NMWG activities in
Milham Ford Nature Park

The Wildlife of the Park - Past, Present and Future: a talk given by Dr Judy Webb at the New Marston Wildlife Group 2012 AGM.

History of the Park

History of the former Milham Ford School

Stream & Ponds

List of vertebrates & invertebrates found in the ponds

List of bees found in the park  pdf

Fungi - information including links to a list of species and a slideshow of photos.

Flora and fauna - slideshows

The Bee Orchid Story from Milham Ford, Oxford
links to text and slideshow presentation are on Judy's own website.

Arable weeds of Milham Ford Park and why wildflowers are important

Judy Webb's list of plants found in the Park (version December 2013). There's also an Excel version of the list.

Judy Webb's involvement with Milham Ford Nature Park

 

Pond surveying, 23 January 2014
 

 

Dr Jocelyne Hughes and Robert Aquilina led a survey by students on an Oxford University  course in ecological survey techniques (Insect Taxonomy & Field Sampling Skills). The course was a collaboration between the Department for Continuing Education and the University Museum of Natural History.  For a slideshow of the event, click here.