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.

Summer update on Unit wildlife

The Unit's wildflower meadow is blooming, and the Unit Oak is in leaf. This year we have several biennials flowering- the fox gloves giving impressive flower spikes in colours from pale pink to dark purple, and the teasels will stay standing after the purple flowers are gone, to provide seeds for birds such as goldfinches in the winter. The flowers have attracted a large number of bees, which seem to particularly like the red campion and fox gloves.

This year the Director's bird box was used by Great Tits– we had 9 eggs laid, all hatched on 28th April, and 5 fledged on the 17th May. Great tits would normally feed their young mainly on the green moth caterpillars that have a population boom in early May, but our birds were seen to be bringing a much larger number of spiders than you might expect, maybe due to a lack of trees in the area to support the moth larvae.

Below are two compilation videos- one from the box interior (we have a live feed from the box to a monitor in reception), showing the growth of the chicks; and the other an editted series of visits recorded from outside the box.

15th April 2014- 9 Great Tit eggs
28th April 2014- all 9 eggs hatch28th April 2014- all 9 eggs hatch
6th May 20146th May 2014
14th May 201414th May 2014