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Indoor Meetings, 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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Friday 1st 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.

Sunday 10th 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.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 O

Sunday 31st 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.
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668 / 07986 743995 BOG


Monday 1st – Thursday 4th DERBYSHIRE PEAK DISTRICT TRIP with Peter Creed.
Enquiries to Anne Dossett-Davies 01367 860357

Thursday 11th 6.30 pm VISIT TO OVER NORTON PARK FARM, OX7 5PX led by Mike Kettlewell. Meet at the‘Pig 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 margins.
Contact person: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854 BOG

Sunday 14th 7.30 pm GREENHAM COMMON, Berkshire. Joint trip with Oxford RSPB to find tree pipits, woodcocks, nightjars and maybe a woodlark. Map Ref SU484653.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 O

Tuesday 30th 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. Craig’s Mobile is: 07443 468710 BG


Tuesday 7th 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

Saturday 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.


Saturday 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.

Wednesday 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.
Leader: Mike Robinson 01451 843021 / 07876 791145

Sunday 23rd 11 am VISIT TO THE HAWK CONSERVANCY TRUST, Weyhill, Andover, SP11 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.
Contact person: David Roberts 01993 841194 / 07790 516454


Sunday 6th 11 am to 5 pm WYCHWOOD FOREST FAIR at Lodge Farm, Ditchley Estate, Chipping Norton, OX7 4EU. Volunteers needed for the Field Club publicity table. Please contact Tony Florey 01993 775020

Sunday 27th 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 the world.
Leader: Lesley Dunlop BSc. BA, MSc, FGS. 01993 770703 / 07790 896118 BOG


Friday 2nd 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney. Hugh Warwick “Hedgehogs”

Sunday 18th 10.30 am FUNGUS FORAY IN BERNWOOD FOREST Meet at Bernwood Forest car park on Stanton St John to Oakley road. Map Ref SP612118.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710

Friday 23rd to Monday 26th MORECAMBE BAY TRIP
Leader: 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, 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
Programme Secretary on 01993 841194 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 2014/15

Summer 2014

Winter 2013/14

Summer 2013

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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