This is an historical archive of the activities of the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit (MRC ANU) that operated at the University of Oxford from 1985 until March 2015. The MRC ANU established a reputation for world-leading research on the brain, for training new generations of scientists, and for engaging the general public in neuroscience. The successes of the MRC ANU are now built upon at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford.

Nesting birds at the Unit 2012

The Unit has once again been home for nesting birds. This year both the nest box in the car park and the one outside of Prof. Somogyi's office window have been occupied. The car park box has Great Tits nesting, and they have produced three chicks, and Prof. Somogyi's office box has Blue Tits, and currently has two chicks.

The wet start to the summer led to few insects, and a poor start for the chicks, and many have died. Now the warm weather is providing good conditions for growing big juicy caterpillars, and the blue tits have been observed bringing these in for for the chicks. The prospects for these two remaining chicks looks good.

Blue tit nestBlue tit nest