Please note that Derek Gow's talk on rewilding on Thursday 7th February will now be held in the Department of Plant Sciences.
The first of our practical events in 2015 was held on Saturday 28th November at Harcourt Arboretum, situated in the village of Newnham Courtney, a mere 20-minute bus ride from the centre of Oxford. Harcourt Arboretum belongs to the University of Oxford, and alongside the Botanic Gardens it houses the University’s collection of living floral … Continue reading Harcourt Arboretum
This year, Oxford Nature Conservation Society kicked off with a guided tour of the wonderful Wytham Woods from Head Forester Nigel Fisher. After a cycle up to the woods from Balliol College (well, in my case a cycle and a walk because you can always rely on your bike to break down mid-cycle!) in the surprisingly nice … Continue reading Fresher’s Event 2014: Walk on the Wytham side of Life
Our event of Trinity 2014 looked into an issue that had been at the forefront of news that previous winter; namely flooding and flood control. With increasing urbanisation along the banks of rivers, the threat of flooding and increased damage from these events is a very real problem when it comes to urban (as well … Continue reading Reinventing Noah’s Ark: Is Nature Conservation the Solution to Flooding?
The Nature Conservation Society’s latest event looked at the role of large conservation NGOs, and whether or not they are a force for good within conservation. It was a well-attended event, with a good mix of people to listen to the three fantastic talks and panel discussion. Our first speaker of the evening was Mark … Continue reading Assessing the role of large conservation NGOs
The Oxford Nature Conservation Society chose to focus its latest event on conservation actions and policies in the UK. This was a great opportunity to hear more about the issues we face at home and learn about the approaches conservationists are currently implementing to tackle them effectively. Throughout the evening, the audience was presented with … Continue reading Conservation in the UK: Challenges, Solutions and New Ideas
Our Hilary 2013 event - ‘Conflict and Charisma’ - got off to a positive start with a steady stream of people, from a range of different backgrounds, filing into the somewhat cramped St. Peter’s College room. In addition to our crowd of regular members, there were a number of new faces at this event (many … Continue reading Conflict and Charisma
February 2013 brought us our first exciting joint event with BioSoc: A talk given by Carly Waterman, the EDGE Programme Manager. EDGE stands for Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered, and the project is all about saving the world’s most unusual creatures. We are all familiar with the reasons to focus on threatened or endangered species, … Continue reading All about EDGE: 1st joint event with BioSoc
For the second time, we were very pleased to welcome Paul Jepson to talk at a ConSoc event. Paul explored ideas of how local and cultural practices contribute to conservation in ways that we might not necessarily expect. From his experiences out in Indonesia working on bird conservation, Paul highlighted the central theme of the … Continue reading Cultures of Conservation
How does political conflict influence the protection of vulnerable natural areas? How does social conflict between local groups and conservationists affect the successful implementation of conservation strategies? In this event, we wished to explore the effect of social conflict and turmoil on the conservation effort. The lecture room was filled to capacity as lots of … Continue reading Conservation in Conflict Zones