Milham Ford Nature Park
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Updated 31 Aug 2014
Plan of the Park
Roundworm eggs in dogs' faeces can survive for up to 5 years in the soil. Ingesting even just small particles of soil contaminated by dog faeces can cause toxocariasis, which can lead to 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
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.
Some pond plants can be so invasive, they have been banned by DEFRA - click here.
Appeal against refusal by Oxford City Council of 2nd application for consent for a housing development close to the Park
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.
Clearing of pondweed
31 August 2014
A lot of pond-clearing was done, much of it thanks to some very helpful and enthusiastic children. Also, Bill Parry took himself off into a corner and hacked away to clear an area to give more light to a pine tree.
Oxford City Council
on Thursday, 28 August 2014
Volunteer with Carl Whitehead, Park Ranger
A great deal of very useful work was done by Carl and his team. This was much appreciated by the New Marston Wildlife Group. For slideshow click here
Judy Webb clearing Great Willowherb
For Picasa slideshow, click here.
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Seed Collecting and
Members of Friends of Lye Valley & Rock Edge and Fiona Tavner from Oxford Friends of the Earth joined New Marston Wildlife Group members in the seed collection. Peter Somogyi brought along a colleague and two students from Oxford University's Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, who gave much-appreciated help with clearing the excessive growth of some plants.
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Common Blue butterfly in the park
During the event, Peter Somogyi noted down butterflies he spotted over the course of 15 minutes and later submitted the results to the Big Butterfly Count. They were:
Blue seen a week earlier
Small Toad (about 2.5 cm), probably about
1 year old, found in the park on 27 07 2014
Photo by Judy
Construction of a bee wall
Curt Lamberth, NMWG Chairman, has already overseen the building of a bee wall at the John Radcliffe Hospital - see photos.
Photo by Judy Webb
Future NMWG events
The Wildlife of the Park - Past, Present and Future: a talk given by Dr Judy Webb at the New Marston Wildlife Group 2012 AGM.
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
Judy Webb's involvement with Milham Ford Nature Park
23 January 2014