of venues, transport, map references and other advice are at the
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and Indoor Meetings
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Friday 3rd 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING: Peter Barker "An Otmoor
Please bring plants and books for sale in aid of Club funds.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Sunday 7th 2.30 pm ANTS AND PLANTS IN CHALK GRASSLAND AT ASTON ROWANT
NNR 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
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.
Contact Mary Elford for car sharing on 01993 851862. BOWG
Sunday 1st WYCHWOOD FOREST FAIR at Southdown Farm, Hailey, near
Witney. Volunteers wanted for the Field Club publicity table.
Please contact Tony Florey 01993 775020.
11th 6.30 pm CIRCULAR WALK from Swinbrook Village Hall. Map
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
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020.
Friday 4th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm FIRST INDOOR MEETING, METHODIST
CHURCH, HIGH STREET, WITNEY
Paddy Gallagher "Albatrosses and Penguins of the World"
MOSS RSPB RESERVE AND MORECOMBE BAY - 3 nights.
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194.
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
Friday 1st 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Jonathan Strode "The
2 pm AUTUMN COLOUR at the Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay.
Admission charge. SU556
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or directed to the Programme Secretary, on 01993 841194.
regret no dogs are allowed on our walks.
the walks members are advised to buy either the first two Ordnance
maps or the second two in the following list to help in finding
the start point of walks.
No 25 Outdoor Leisure Series for the Cotswolds at 2 1/2" to
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.
Book Shop, High Street, Witney (next to Woolgate Entrance),
Blackwells and Waterstones in Oxford stock these.
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.
should be e-mailed to email@example.com, or directed
to the Walks
Programme Secretary, Tony Mattingley on 01993 868282 unless another
is given in the programme.
without transport should telephone a club officer/committee member
will be very pleased to arrange a lift.
to symbols used in programme:
B Botanical Interest
O Ornithological Interest
G General Interest
W Wheelchair accessible
L Bring Lunch
T Bring Tea