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Walks, Events and Indoor Meetings

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Friday 3rd 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING: Peter Barker "An Otmoor Year"

Please bring plants and books for sale in aid of Club funds.

Sunday 12th 4 am DAWN CHORUS: Rushy Common, near Witney. 2.5 mile circular walk to Hardwick and Gill Mill. Meet at the Rushy Common Reserve car park off Cogges Lane between Cogges and Stanton Harcourt. SP381 073.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 O

Sunday 19th 2 pm HARTSLOCK RESERVE for orchids, birds, spring butterflies. Please share cars as parking is limited. 1 mile SE of Goring Station on unclassified road to Upper Gatehampton Farm; at left hand bend before the hill, take track on right. Steep slopes. SU616 795
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668. BOG

May 31st - 3rd June NEW FOREST AND ISLE OF WIGHT Field Club trip with Peter Creed. Please contact Yvonne Townsend on 01993 772906 for further information. BOG

Sunday 16th 7.30 pm SNELSMORE COMMON
, Berkshire. Joint trip with Oxford RSPB to find tree pipits, roding woodcocks and nightjars. SU463 710
Please contact David Rolfe on 01993 773123 for car sharing. O

Saturday 22nd 2 pm WENDLEBURY MEADS, a series of traditionally-managed unimproved meadows supporting a complex variety of plant communities. The flora is exceptionally diverse with more than 160 plant species present, many widely distributed throughout the site, intricately mixed within the fields. Meet and park on roadside verges at junction 400 metres north of Charlton-on-Otmoor. SP560 164.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710. BOG

Sunday 23rd 2.30 pm Wychwood Flora Group visit to GLYME FARM 'Flowers and food on an organic farm'. A short walk with farmer, Dr Lindon Cornwallis to see meadow clary (Salvia pratensis). One mile east of Chipping Norton off the B4026 (SP 326 264). Bring a picnic for after the walk. For information call Brenda Betteridge 01993 878615. Members of WOFC are welcome to join this visit. BOG

Thursday 27th 7 pm MINSTER LOVELL TO CRAWLEY: Circular walk c.3 miles. Park near the church in Old Minster Lovell. SP322 114
Leader: Sue Morton 01993 703686 BOG

with Dr. Tim King. Steep slopes. Besides the ecology of the yellow meadow ants and the plants associated with their mounds, Dr King will point out the diverse flora in the Bald Hill area, orchids, management techniques and problems, experiments, vegetation history, reversion from arable and attempts to establish and maintain juniper. Meet Cowleaze Wood Car Park SU726 957. From Oxford, leave the M40 at Junction 6 and join the old A40, driving to the television mast at the top of the hill. Then take the minor road from Kingston Blount towards Christmas Common. The Forestry Commission Cowleaze car park is about a mile after the motorway bridge.
Contact David Roberts, 01993 841194, if you can offer or require a lift. BOG

Saturday 20th 9 am MOTHS Come and meet the moths from overnight traps with entomologist,
Richard Comont at Stonefold, Worsham Lane, Asthall Leigh. SP298 116. Limited parking so please car share. For information call Brenda Betteridge 01993 878615 GW

Sunday 28th 2 pm WALK - Guiting Woods, circular, two to three miles. Meet at small car park SP083 258 S.W of Kineton along Critchford Lane. Pub lunch available at "Half Way House, Kineton.
Leader: Gordon Ottewell
Contact: David Roberts 01993841194 BOG

Saturday 10th 12.30 for 1pm 50TH ANNIVERSARY LUNCH at Shilton Village Hall
to be followed by Graham's fiendish quiz, members' photos, a Grand Raffle, tea and a slice of the Anniversary Cake. £11 per person. Please add your name to the list at indoor meetings or telephone Yvonne Townsend on
01993 772906.

Saturday 17th from 10.30 am SELBORNE day trip to Gilbert White's House and Garden, High Street, Selborne, Hants, GU34 3JH on the B3006 from Alton. Park in the village car park behind the Selborne Arms. Possible walk up the famous Gilbert White's Zigzag through the hanging beech woods to Noar Hill. Admission charges. Refreshments available.
Contact Mary Elford for car sharing on 01993 851862. BOWG

at Southdown Farm, Hailey, near Witney. Volunteers wanted for the Field Club publicity table.
Please contact Tony Florey 01993 775020.

Wednesday 11th 6.30 pm CIRCULAR WALK from Swinbrook Village Hall. Map ref: SP280 121. 2.2 miles of easy walking.
Leader: Ken Betteridge 01993 878615. BOG

Thursday 26th 6.30 pm WALK ALONG RIVER THAMES from Bablockhythe. Meet at the Ferryman Inn. SP436 043.
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020.

Friday 4th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm FIRST INDOOR MEETING
Paddy Gallagher "Albatrosses and Penguins of the World"

Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194.

Sunday 20th 10.30 am FUNGUS FORAY IN BERNWOOD FOREST with Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710. Meet at Bernwood Forest car park on Stanton St John to Oakley road. SP612 118.

Friday 1st 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Jonathan Strode "The Iberian Lynx"

Sunday 3rd 2 pm AUTUMN COLOUR at the Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay. Admission charge. SU556 986.
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194.

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 2012/13

Summer 2012

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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