Milham Ford Nature Park



For those who aren't already aware of this, clicking on ANY blue text
will take you to another website page, slideshow, etc.   



 Updated 19 October 2014

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

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


Dog excrement adds nutrients to the soil making conditions more favourable for grass, which could then smother and kill off the wildflowers and the fungi

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 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.



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.


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


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. 



The New Marston Wildlife Group, Milham Ford Nature Park and New Marston Meadows websites
will all move to before the end of 2014.  

There are problems with updating these Virgin Media websites because of software incompatibility following changes that Virgin Media have made to its system. This update has been uploaded thanks to much appreciated help from George Cox, who used an alternative method beyond the capabilities of the Webmaster!

For the technically minded (and interested) details of the problems can be found here.

As at 19 October, only the home page, history/membership page and future events page of the NMWG website are on Weebly, with links to other pages that remain on the Virgin Media server.  Over the next few weeks, all pages will be transferred to Weebly.

The Weebly website is different, in that it is a single site with tabs permanently visible for NMWG, Milham Ford Park and Marston Meadows - one website address for all:


Oxford City Council Volunteers
carried out work in the Park

on Thursday, 28 August 2014


Volunteer with Carl Whitehead, Park Ranger
for Oxford City Council, who leads the volunteers.


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



Volunteering event
Sunday, 24 August 2014


Judy Webb clearing Great Willowherb


For Picasa slideshow, click here.

(Photo details can be hidden by clicking on
the arrow-head beside 'Photo details'.)


Seed Collecting and Volunteering
Sunday, 3 August 2014


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.


For Dropbox slideshow, click here
Full-screen view sometimes needed to see full caption









Hairy-footed flower bees in
Milham Ford Nature Par

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.