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.

This year's broods

For the 6th year running, the Unit is displaying a live camera feed from its nest box on a monitor in reception. The nest box is located outside Prof. Somogyi's office window. This year Blue Tits chose the box, and they laid eleven eggs. However, due to the cold, wet spring they took a break in the middle of laying, which has led to two of the eggs not hatching. There are currently eight surviving chicks.

There is another bird box in a silver birch tree in the car park at the front of the Unit. This year, as last year, this box was taken by Great Tits. There are currently five large chicks in the nest


2008 and 2009 Blue tits in window box

2010 and 2011 Great tits in window box

2012 and 2013- Blue tits in window box, Great tits in car park box

Great Tit nest with five chicks