of venues, transport, map references and other advice are at the
bottom of this page.)
Events and Walks
Unless otherwise stated all indoor meetings
will be held in the Upper Hall, High St Methodist Church, Witney
at 7.15pm for 7.30 to 10pm
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7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Upper Hall, Methodist Church,
High Street, Witney. Malcolm Brownsword Wildlife Experiences
in the Upper Thames Region . Please bring plants and books
for our annual sale in aid of Club funds.
4.00 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.
Map Ref SP381073.
David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 O
2 pm HACKPEN HILL (near Childrey/Wantage). Approaching from
Childrey on the B4001, turn left at top of hill at Sparsholt Firs.
Map Ref SU343851.
Meet at the parking area at the side of the Ridgeway for a 2.5 miles
circular walk with steep gradients. We are likely to see corn bunting,
buzzards, red kites, wheatear and kestrel, also uncommon flora and
many insects such as Wood Tiger moths and Green Hairstreak butterflies.
Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668 / 07986 743995 BOG
Thursday 4th DERBYSHIRE PEAK DISTRICT TRIP with Peter
to Anne Dossett-Davies 01367 860357
11th 6.30 pm VISIT TO OVER NORTON PARK FARM, OX7 5PX
led by Mike Kettlewell. Meet at thePig Farm just off
the A3400 about 400m north of the roundabout with the A361 road
to Banbury. The entrance is by the radio mast. A mixed farm of 400
acres with a pedigree herd of South Devon cattle, arable with mixed
cropping and some woodland. The farm has been in Stewardship schemes
for 15 years to increase biodiversity. 15
acres sown for birdseed and all arable fields have uncultivated
person: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854 BOG
7.30 pm GREENHAM COMMON, Berkshire. Joint trip with Oxford RSPB
to find tree pipits, woodcocks, nightjars and maybe a woodlark.
Map Ref SU484653.
David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 O
7 pm HOOK NORTON Visit with Craig Blackwell (former OCC County
Ecologist) to a species-rich limestone grassland bank (SSSI) and
adjacent field, uncultivated for 20 years and now re-colonised naturally.
6 species of orchid recorded in 2014. The site is on Cow Lane, about
a mile south of Hook Norton, near the entrance to the southern end
of the BBOWT Hook Norton Cutting Reserve. Map Ref SP357314
approx. Car sharing
essential only parking for 5 cars.
Contact person: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854. Craigs
Mobile is: 07443 468710 BG
7 pm EYNSHAM 3.2 mile walk on flat ground to the ancient Fish
Ponds and the new Art Trail alongside the River Thames. Meet at
the car park on the corner of Back Lane and Clover Place, OX29 4QL.
Map Ref SP431094.
Leader: Ken Betteridge 01993 878615 / 07421 058615 BOG
25th 9 am MOTH MORNING Come and meet the moths from overnight
traps at Stonefold,Worsham Lane, Asthall Leigh. Map Ref SP298116.
Limited parking so please car share. Refreshments. For information
call Brenda Betteridge 01993 878615.
8th 12.30 for 1 pm SUMMER PARTY at Shilton Village Hall. Enquiries
and bookings to Yvonne
Townsend 01993 772906 / 07917 606129. Please bring your own wine.
Soft drinks will be supplied.
Send cheque made payable to West Oxfordshire Field Club for £12
to Tony Florey by 17th July.
12th 8 pm BAT WALK AT SHERBORNE Meet at the National Trust estate
office . Map Ref SP172147.
Driving west on A40 turn right to Sherborne and first left into
the village. The office is about .75 of a mile on the left opposite
the cemetery. There will be an introductory talk before the walk.
Bring bat monitors if you have them.
Mike Robinson 01451 843021 / 07876 791145
11 am VISIT TO THE HAWK CONSERVANCY TRUST, Weyhill, Andover,
8DY. Signposted from A303. Meet in car park at 11 am. Set in
22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadows, there are over 150
birds of prey on view. Daily flying demonstrations. Café.
Wheelchair friendly, mobility scooters can be booked
in advance. £14.50 / £12.85 conc. 63 miles from Witney.
person: David Roberts 01993 841194 / 07790 516454
11 am to 5 pm WYCHWOOD FOREST FAIR at Lodge Farm, Ditchley Estate,
Chipping Norton, OX7 4EU. Volunteers needed for the Field Club publicity
contact Tony Florey 01993 775020
10.30 am GEOLOGY WALK, Kirtlington Quarry. Meet at the entrance.
Map Ref SP495198.
SSSI. The quarry is the richest mammal-bearing locality of fossils
from the Middle Jurassic age known anywhere in
Lesley Dunlop BSc. BA, MSc, FGS. 01993 770703 / 07790 896118 BOG
7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
INDOOR MEETING Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney.
Hugh Warwick Hedgehogs
10.30 am FUNGUS FORAY IN BERNWOOD FOREST Meet at Bernwood Forest
car park on Stanton St John to Oakley road. Map Ref SP612118.
Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710
to Monday 26th MORECAMBE BAY TRIP
David Roberts 01993 841194 / 07790 516454
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 email@example.com,
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
Survey 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or directed
Programme Secretary on 01993 841194 unless another contact number
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