A local wildlife group set up to protect and promote ecosystems and
biodiversity in Hook Norton and the surrounding area.
We are a nature depleted nation & what we have left are remnants of what was once here. Tony Juniper, Chairman of Natural England
A warm welcome to "Hooky in Harmony". We hope that you will be inspired to join us to engage with nature and help to protect our local wildlife and its habitat.
To enable everyone to get involved, there is no group membership fee. The majority of the events organised are free to attend, but occasionally a small charge may be made to cover speaker costs.
of the UKs Statutory nature agencies call for greater action & investment in nature
of all UK species studied have declined since the 1970s
of the UKs wildflower meadows have been lost in the last century
of species within the UK are said to be threatened with extinction
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We have recently been asked for advice about helping injured wildllife. Calling a local veterinary surgery is a good place to start, but we also have some great Wildlife Rescue Centres in our area. These include:
The Nutkin Ward in Middleton Cheney, run by Tess, a registered veterinary nurse with over 20 years wildlife care experience. Tess set up the Nutkin Ward in 2010 in response to a need for local wildlife care. The Nutkin Ward's mobile number is: 07733 220266 - leave a message and they call you back.
Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue based in Blewbury. Their Wildlife Casualty Centre is open from 9am until 10pm, but they also have a 24 hour manned helpline and run a wildlife ambulance for larger casuaties that are unable to be taken by members of the public to the centre.
Hook Norton Brook and The Swere need your help
Volunteers are needed for the Cherwell & Ray Water Watchers programme of monthly water quality testing in Hook Norton Brook and The Swere.
No experience or knowledge is necessary with full equipment, training, and support provided. You don’t have to commit to every month as we’ll be working as a team.
Hook Norton Brook is currently classed as
"Poor ecological status!”
Hooky in Harmony has recently linked up with Cherwell & Ray Water Watchers, to help monitor Hook Norton Brook and part of the Swere. Testing is to be done on the second weekend of each month and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, however, you do not have to commit to every month as we will be working as a team. Full training is given and testing equipment will be provided. This is a great way to help your local environment and we are looking for volunteers to get involved. We have a training session organised in Hook Norton on Sunday 4th February at 10am. Please email us if you would like to help.
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Please remember to email us: Hookyinharmony@btinternet.com if you are planning to attend an event, so that we can forward you all necessary details and location. All ticketed events are on a first come first served basis, with payment by bank transfer then confirming your space. Please email for bank details.
Sunday 4th February Water testing training with Cherwell & Ray Water Watchers to monitor Hook Norton Brook. Hook Norton, 10am.
NB. If you wish to volunteer to help with the testing but can not attend this training, other volunteers can train you at a later date.
Saturday 17th February
National Nestbox Week is an established part of the ornithological calendar. Celebrated from February 14th each year, it puts the spotlight on breeding birds and asks everyone to put up more nestboxes in their local area.
To support National Nestbox week, Hooky in Harmony is giving local bird lovers the opportunity to come and assemble a free of charge nestbox for the garden.
Anytime between 9.45m-12.15pm
The Baptist Hall, Hook Norton
The nestbox is very easy to put together & help will be available. The event is suitable for the whole family. Refreshments for sale.
Limited spaces so please email asap to let us know that you plan to attend.
Materials kindly provided by Travis Perkins, Chipping Norton.
Friday 15th March Moths & Mugs. Using humane moth traps, we'll catch, identify, record and release the moths that we find. A mug of hot beverage whilst we record! 7.15pm at Nill Farm Cottages, Hook Norton. Free of charge
Friday 5th April Guided walk around Banbury Ornithological Society's Tadmarton Heath Reserve. 6.30pm. Tickets £2.50
Saturday 27th April Guided bat walk with Oxfordshire Bat Group. We'll learn about the variety of bats flying in our area in springtime and we'll be shown how bat detectors work. 8pm for approximately two hours. Tickets £7.50 each and limited to 18 tickets. Please note that should the weather forecast be bad for the 27th, the walk will be switched to Sunday 28th. Please ensure that you are able to attend on the 28th if necessary, as no refunds can be given.
Friday 24th May Swallow watching at Nill Farm Cottages. Come along to watch these amazing birds with their babies. Learn a few facts about swallows including their amazing migration and see what is being done at Nill Farm Cottages to help them. 7-8pm. Free of charge
Saturday 20th July
Our stand will be at the Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales to raise funds and chat about all things widlife. Do come and say hello!
Sunday 28th July The Big Butterfly Count. Leisurely walk on The d'Arcy Dalton Way to record butterflies. No experience needed! 11am-12.30pm Free of charge.
Further events for 2024 still to be confirmed. Please check back for details.
To raise funds towards the group's running costs, later in the year we shall be holding a Car Boot Sale which will include an Equestrian area. Further details to follow.
22nd May 2022