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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 4th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Paddy Gallagher - The Orient; an illustrated talk. Please bring plants and books for our usual sale in aid of Club funds. Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney.

RESERVOIR. Cumnor Road, Farmoor where experts will be on hand to help you identify the birds.

Sunday 6th 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

Thursday 17th 6 pm LANGLEY'S LANE MEADOW (small surviving remnant of flower-rich hay meadow) & STANDLAKE COMMON (bird hides) with Lucy Kennery from the Lower Windrush Valley Project. Meet at the Rose Revived, Newbridge. Booking essential: maximum 15 people. £3. Contact Mary Elford by email: or on 01993 851862. BO

Friday 1st/Saturday 2nd NATURE DAY AT DEER PARK WOOD, WITNEY. Map Ref: SP336098. This event is being organised by the Witney Woodland Volunteers. They would welcome Field Club members to help with identification. Please visit their website if you are interested.

Sunday 3rd to Wednesday 6th FIELD TRIP THE GOWER PENINSULA for 3 nights with Peter Creed.
Enquiries to John Cobb: 01865 390579 or at

Sunday 10th 9.30 am GREENHAM COMMON, BERKSHIRE - for heathland 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, turn left at next roundabout 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 (SU500652). Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 O

Sunday 17th 10.30 am WITHYMEAD NATURE RESERVE, a 22 acre site by the River Thames near Goring-on-Thames, RG8 0HS. Map Ref: SU601827. The wardens, Sue and Roger will lead 2 groups around the reserve. Weather permitting, they will set moth traps the night before. The nature reserve is managed by the Anne Carpmael Charitable Trust and provides a haven for wildlife and an inspiration to visitors. The site comprises a tree-lined length of riverbank, reed-fen and woodland area. The site is accessible via maintained paths and boardwalks and includes three hides from which to unobtrusively and comfortably watch the wildlife.
Booking essential. Maximum 12 people. £5. Contact Mary Elford by email: or on 01993 851862. Lunch available at The Pike and Perch. BO

Wednesday 27th 7.30 pm. GLOW-WORMS. A walk of two to three miles to see wild flowers followed by a drink at The Swan, bats on the river Windrush and a search for glow-worms in and around Swinbrook churchyard. Bring a torch! Meet near church in Swinbrook Map Ref: SP280121.
Leader: John Cobb 01865 390579 BOG


Saturday 7th 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.

Sunday 29th 3 pm MILHAM FORD NATURE PARK (SEED SUNDAY).*** CANCELLED see news page***Marston Road, Oxford OX3 0DJ.
Map Ref: SP529072. Park in Harberton Mead. A small urban nature reserve in the grounds of a former school. Four interlinked ponds and areas for wild flowers. Very suitable visit for less mobile members. An opportunity to gather wild flower seeds.
Leader: Jill Bailey 01865 880051 / 07971 179116 B

Saturday 4th 1.30 pm LARDON CHASE, a National Trust reserve to see 2nd brood Adonis Blues and Chalk Hill Blues, wild flowers, Great Green Bush Crickets and slow worms. Steep slopes. Directions: after the junction of A329 and A417 at Streatley, turn right at the traffic lights, B4009. At the top of the VERY steep hill, turn sharp right on to a track leading to the NT car park. Map Ref: SU581806. Tea and cakes in Malcolm's garden afterwards.
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668 / 07538 057848. Please contact Malcolm if you are planning to go. BOG

Saturday 11th 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 the end of July.

Friday 31st 8 pm BATS BY THE RIVER WINDRUSH 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.

Sunday 2nd 11 am - 5 pm WYCHWOOD FOREST FAIR Entry fee. Lodge Farm, Ditchley Park. Volunteers needed for the Field Club publicity table.
Please contact Tony Florey 01993 775020 if you can help. BOG

Sunday, 16th 10.30 am GEOLOGY WALK: Stanton Harcourt – building stones, gravels and archaeology – with Lesley Dunlop.
This is a walk of about 2 miles which starts and ends at Stanton Harcourt. We will look at some of the building stones and history of the village before using some of the permissive paths to walk around and view the gravel terraces around Dix Pit, visiting the reconstruction of the 5000 year old henge monument of the Devil’s Quoits

Please wear sensible footwear as some of the paths may be uneven.

Meet : Outside the former Harcourt Arms, Stanton Harcourt, near the church. There is plenty of on street parking.

SP 41549 05719 Nearest Post Code OX29 5RJ

Friday 5th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney.
Richard Comont "Monitoring the Plight of the Bumblebees"

Friday 19th to Monday 22nd BIRDWATCHING TRIP - NORFOLK - 3 nights.
Leader: Roy Jackson. Enquiries to John Cobb: 01865 390579 or at

Sunday 28th 10.30 am FUNGUS FORAY at Sydlings Copse, BBOWT reserve. On B4027 between Islip and Wheatley. Map Ref: SP559096. Park opposite Royal Oak Farm and meet there.
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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