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Walks, Events and Indoor Meetings

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Monday 7th 11am CARTERTON SAVE THE CHILDREN MAY DAY FAIR WOFC Stand, Tombola and Bric-a-Brac stall. In aid of Club Funds. Carterton Recreation Ground and in Browne’s Hall.

Saturday 12th 2 pm HOMEFIELD WOOD for Military orchid, Fly orchid, red kites, slow-worms and spring butterflies. Travelling from Henley towards Marlow on the A 4155, turn left after the Dog and Badger pub onto Bockmer Lane. Turn right at the first T junction, then immediately left at Bockmer End.  The reserve entrance is 500 metres on the left at the bottom of the hill. Easy terrain, short walk. Car sharing please as parking is limited. SU814867
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword. 01235 850668 BOG

Sunday 13th 4 am DAWN CHORUS Minster Lovell. Meet at car park at top of lane leading to Minster Lovell ruins. SP322113
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 O

Thursday 24th - 28th THE LIZARD, CORNWALL Field Club trip with Peter Creed
For information call Yvonne Townsend 01993 772906

Sunday 10th 7.30 pm GREENHAM COMMON
Joint meeting with the Oxford RSPB Group to see tree pipits, possibly Dartford warblers and nightjars. Through Newbury on the A339, turn left at the third roundabout (top of the hill) beyond the Kennet bridge, onto Bury’s Bank Road (towards Crookham), after the third mini- roundabout park in the car park (SU484653) on the right, opposite Greenham Road.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 BOG

Saturday 16th 9 am MOTHS Come and see moths from overnight traps with entomologist, Richard Comont at Stonefold, Worsham Lane, Asthall Leigh. SP298116. Limited parking so please car share. For information call Brenda Betteridge 01993 878615 GW

Tuesday 26th 7 pm GREYSTONES FARM, Bourton-on-the-Water. Meet at Station Rd public car park (SP170209). Farming Activity has been carried out for 5,000 years! Now partly SSSI, the land is managed in a "relaxed" manner mainly as cattle pasture. Has archaeological and aquatic interest. Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 BOG

Guided tour with Neil Pullen of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. This reserve is a waterscape of 3 lakes, 2 brooks, ponds and scrapes linked by ancient hedges, woodlands and meadows. Take A419 from Cricklade. Turn left onto B4696 towards Somerford Keynes. Go past the crossroads that lead to Clattinger Farm. The entrance to the reserve will be on your left. Meet at the Visitor Centre. SU 008938. Lunch: Bakers Arms, Somerford Keynes: 01285 861298.
For information call Mary Elford 01993 851862 BOGW

Tuesday 24th 6.30 pm WORSHAM - ASTHALL Circular walk. Meet at Stonefold, Worsham Lane, Asthall Leigh. SP298116. Limited parking so please car share.
Leader: Ken Betteridge 01993 878615. BOG

Tuesday 7th 6.30 pm BROADWELL AIRFIELD
SP249069 This disused WW2 airfield has developed an interesting flora. Meet on a minor road from the A361 south of Burford leading to Kencot where it crosses the old runway. The remains of the control tower can be seen. Level walking.
Leader: Jill Bailey 01865 880051 BOGW

Saturday 11th 11 am. ASTON UPTHORPE DOWNS AND OVEN BOTTOM (SSSI) for summer butterflies, chalk grassland flowers, buzzards, red kites, wheatear, corn bunting and stone curlew. About 1 mile east of Blewbury on the A417, opposite the left turn to Aston Upthorpe and Aston Tirrold, turn right onto a steep unclassified road.  After about half a mile, park at the large grain building on the right.  Bring a packed lunch. Afternoon tea at West Hagbourne afterwards. The walk is about 4 miles with moderate gradients. SU 550844.
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668 BOG

Sunday 19th 6.30pm for 7pm SUMMER PARTY at The George and Dragon, Long Hanborough.
For information call Yvonne Townsend 01993 772906

Sunday 2nd 11am – 5pm WYCHWOOD FOREST FAIR
at Southdown Farm, Hailey, near Witney. Volunteers wanted for the Field Club publicity table. Please contact Tony Florey 01993 775020

Thursday, 6th 6 pm. CIRCULAR WALK VIA STONESFIELD COMMON. Meet at Ashford Mill, between North Leigh and Stonesfield. Park on verge. SP386155.
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020. BOG

Sunday 16th 11 am OXFORD CANAL - THRUPP TO SHIPTON-ON-CHERWELL. A short circular walk with diversion to Hampton Gay. Meet at The Boat Inn, Thrupp. SP481157
Leader: Mary Elford 01993 851862 BOG

Friday 5th 7.15pm for 7.30pm FIRST INDOOR MEETING. METHODIST CHURCH, HIGH STREET, WITNEY. Ron Perkins “Birds in Flight – Britain and USA”

Sunday 7th 2 pm SHOTOVER COUNTRY PARK, OXFORD. Guided tour with Ivan Wright of Shotover Wildlife. 117 hectares of diverse habitats, a haven for wildlife with an intimate mosaic of hidden valleys and varied landscapes. Spectacular views from the top across south Oxfordshire. Some steep inclines. Follow Old Road, Headington east over the bypass, up a steep hill to the car park. SP564062
For information call Mary Elford 01993 851862 OG

Tuesday 16-19th NORTH NORFOLK Field Club bird watching trip.
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194
For information call Yvonne Townsend 01993 772906

Sunday 21st 2 pm FUNGUS FORAY at Sidlings Copse, BBOWT reserve. On B4027 between Islip and Wheatley (SP 559096). Park opposite Royal Oak Farm and meet up there. Pub lunch at Abingdon Arms, Beckley 01865 351311.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710.

Winter programmes will most likely be handed out at the first indoor meeting, or posted a day or two later if you do not attend.

Walks leaders are asked to provide Brenda Betteridge with a report for inclusion in the newsletter. Brief as well as longer reports are always welcome.


All indoor meetings are held at the High Street Methodist Church Hall, Witney,
usually in the Upper Hall.
All are welcome from 7.15 p.m., and the main meeting will start at 7.30 p.m. Queries should be e-mailed to, or directed to the Programme Secretary, on 01993 841194.

We regret no dogs are allowed on our walks.

For the walks members are advised to buy either the first two Ordnance Survey
maps or the second two in the following list to help in finding the start point of walks.

Map No 25 Outdoor Leisure Series for the Cotswolds at 2 1/2" to the mile.
Map No 180 Explorer Series for Oxford, Witney and Woodstock at 2 ½" to the mile.
Map No 163 Landranger Series for Cheltenham Area at 1 1/4" to the mile.
Map No 164 Landranger Series for Oxford area at 1 ¼" to the mile.

Waterstones Book Shop, High Street, Witney (next to Woolgate Entrance),
Blackwells and Waterstones in Oxford stock these.

Map references for the walks venues consist of two letters (the map area) and six
numbers. These can easily be worked out by reading the first two numbers of the
reference given along the top or bottom (horizontal) edges of the map (the third map
number represents the number of tenths towards the next map number to the right).
Similarly, read the last three numbers for the vertical map reference from the bottom
to the top of the map. Tracing with your finger, you find the meeting point where the
two tracing lines intersect.

Queries should be e-mailed to, or directed to the Walks
Programme Secretary, Tony Mattingley on 01993 868282 unless another contact number
is given in the programme.

Members without transport should telephone a club officer/committee member who
will be very pleased to arrange a lift.

Key to symbols used in programme:
B Botanical Interest
O Ornithological Interest
G General Interest
W Wheelchair accessible

L Bring Lunch
T Bring Tea

Previous programmes

Winter 2011/12

Summer 2011

Winter 2010/11

Summer 2010

Winter 2009/10

Summer 2009

Winter 2008/9

Summer 2008

Winter 2007/8



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