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Walks, Events and Indoor Meetings

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 5th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney. David Roberts "Guyana - Land of the Lost Jaguar". Please bring plants and books for our usual sale in aid of Club funds
Sunday 7th 4 am DAWN CHORUS Minster Lovell. Meet at car park at top of lane leading to the Minster ruins. Map Ref: SP322113
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446. O

Sunday 14th 2 pm HOMEFIELD WOOD, BBOWT Reserve. For orchids and butterflies. 40 miles from Witney. From Oxford take the A4074 to Crowmarsh Gifford then the A4130 to Henley. At first roundabout turn left towards Marlow A4155. Immediately after the Dog and Badger turn left into Bockmer Lane. After 2km, turn right at Bockmer End and then almost immediately left. Park at the Reserve entrance at the bottom of a steep hill. Map Ref: SU 814867
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668 / 07538 057848 BOG
Friday 19th to Monday 22nd WYRE FOREST - 3 nights. Leader: Peter Creed. For enquiries please contact John Cobb, 01865 390579.

- joint trip with Oxford RSPB to find heath land bird species such as tree pipits, woodlarks, stonechats and Dartford warblers. Travel through Newbury on the A339, crossing Kennet & Avon canal and railway line bridges. Go over the roundabout, up the hill then at the next roundabout turn left on to Burys Bank Road and head towards Greenham. Go over 3 mini-roundabouts and pass Greenham Road and a golf club on left. Off the next roundabout, park in Greenham Common main (Control Tower) car park . Map Ref: SU500652. Nearest Post Code RG19 8DB.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446. O

Saturday 17th 10.30 am LOWER MOOR FARM RESERVE AND CLATTINGER FARM. Visit with the Wychwood Flora Group to these reserves: a waterscape of lakes and brooks, ponds and scrapes linked by ancient hedges, woodlands and meadows. Take A419 from Cricklade then turn left on to B4696 - go straight over the crossroads towards Somerford Keynes. In 2.5 miles the entrance to Lower Moor Farm will be on your left. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Map Ref: SU 007939. Nearest postcode: SN16 9TW.
Please contact Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854 if you are going. BOG

Saturday 8th 9 am MOTH MORNING
and breakfast. Come and meet the moths from overnight traps at Stonefold, Worsham Lane, Asthall Leigh. Map Ref: SP298116. Limited parking so please car share.
For information call Brenda Betteridge 01993 878615.

Thursday 20th 7 pm EVENING WALK ALONG THE RIVER THAMES PATH from Bablock Hythe. Meet at
7 pm at the Ferryman Inn. Map Ref: SP436043. Post Code OX29 5AT.
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020 / 07905 895815 BOG


Wednesday 2nd 7 pm Visit to Glyme Farm. Dr Lindon Cornwallis will show us round his farm. Meet at Glyme Fam, Charlbury Road, Chipping Norton. Map Ref: SP326264. Approach the farm from the B4026 SE of Chipping Norton. Post code: OX7 5XJ
Please contact Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854 if you are going. BOG

H with Gavin Hageman. Meet at the Woodford Way car park in Witney OX28 6GD. Please bring a bat detector if you have one. Gavin can be contacted on 07773 184924 or 01993 650774

Saturday 19th 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 please by 28th July.

Sunday 3rd 11 am - 5 pm WYCHWOOD FOREST FAIR
Ducklington. Entry fee. Volunteers needed for the Field Club publicity table. Please contact Tony Florey 01993 775020 if you can help. BOG

Sunday 24th 10.30 am GEOLOGY WALK - Ardley and Ardley Wood Quarry. Meet by St Mary's Church, Ardley, OX27 7NP. Map Ref: SP542273. Street parking available in Church Road, Ardley. Good footpaths but some parts often damp due to the underlying clay. An opportunity to look at a quarry on the northern side of the London to Birmingham railway line. Of geological interest for its exposures of Jurassic rocks and biological interest associated with limestone grassland, scrub, ancient woodland and wetland habitats. It lies about one mile north of the quarry where the dinosaur footprints are found and although there are none here the geology is very varied.
Leader: Lesley Dunlop BSc., BA., MSc., FGS. 01993 770703 / 07790 896118 BOG

Friday 6th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney.
Ian Gourlay "Inside a Tree".

Friday 20th to Monday 23rd MORECAMBE BAY - 3 nights. Leader: Roy Jackson. For enquiries please
contact John Cobb, 01865 390579.

Sunday 22nd 10.30 am Fungus Foray at Snelsmore Common. Meet in the car park off the B4494 Wantage to Newbury road. 30 miles from Witney. BBOWT reserve - a rich site for fungi. Map Ref: SU463710. Nearest postcode RG14 3BQ.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710.

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

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