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Indoor Meetings, Events and Walks

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Friday 1st 7.15pm for 7.30pm FIRST INDOOR MEETING – METHODIST CHURCH,
Mornee Button “Wild Flowers of Corsica – the scented Isle”

Saturday 2nd 2.30pm ADLESTROP AND DAYLESFORD WALK Meet at Village Hall car park (SP242272) for a circular 3 mile walk. Lunch available at The Fox, Lower Oddington (01451 870555).
Leader: Tony Mattingley 01993 868282 - BO

Saturday 16th 2.30pm SAPPERTON AND DANEWAY COUNTRY WALK Meet on the road outside Sapperton church entrance. (SO949035) Parking on the side of the road. A circular walk of 3 miles featuring the interesting Sapperton church and the abandoned Thames & Severn Canal and Kinnerton Tunnel portal. Nearest pub for lunch Daneway Inn, Daneway (01285 760297)
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 - BOG

Friday 5th Ian Kilshaw (Chairman RSPB Oxford Group) “Red Kites in the Chilterns”

Sunday 7th 10am WIDFORD WINTER WALK Meet on roadside at Widford (SP272119) for a circular walk of approximately 2.5 miles through the deserted village, Dean bottom and along the Windrush Valley.
Leader: Sue Morton 01993 703686 - O

Friday 3rd Ian Gourlay “Beekeeping Past and Present”

Sunday 12th 10am WITNEY LAKES AND RIVER WINDRUSH Meet at Windrush Leisure Centre (SP359095) for a walk of approximately 2.5 miles with one stile and steps. Likely to be wet underfoot.
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020 - O

Monday 13th CHRISTMAS DINNER at The George and Dragon, Long Hanborough. Further details will be available at the indoor meetings.

Subscriptions are due by 31st. Please send your cheque to the Treasurer, Tony Florey, using the form provided.

Friday 14th MEMBERS NIGHT (but non members equally welcome) – your chance to show off your slides, photos and other materials for display or identification. Birds’ nests? – bring them along! Also a fiendish quiz.

Saturday 29th NATURE IN ART TRUST Twigworth, near Gloucester. Meet at the Trust (SO847222) for lunch at 12 noon. There is a small restaurant which serves light lunches. The Trust features the “Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year” at this time, which is a first-class exhibition of photography following its showing in London, and is one not to be missed.
Leader: Tony Mattingley 01993 868282 - GW

Friday 4th Peter Creed “Wildlife of Upper Teesdale”

Saturday 12th 11.30 am COTSWOLD WATER PARK Meet at the “Gateway Centre” for coffee. Lunch also available. At this time of the year resident and wintering birdlife can be seen. It is hoped that a visit to Welford Pools will be possible, if time allows, later in the day.
Leader: Tony Mattingley 01993 868282 - OW

MARCH 2011
Friday 4th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by Graham Wren “Nest Boxes” (over 40 years experience)

Sunday 27th 2 pm COLLEGE LAKE BBOWT (SP934146) The Reserve is 2 miles north of Tring. Go north on B488. Quarter mile north of canal bridge at Bulbourne turn left into signed entrance. This outstanding centre for wildlife is widely regarded as the best in Buckinghamshire for water birds. Lapwings, Little Ringed plovers, Snipe, Kestrel and Sand Martins should be visible at this time of year. Cowslip, marsh marigold, cuckoo flower, wild daffodil and bluebells may also be seen. Lunch available at the Crow’s Nest on the outskirts of Tring on the old A41 road near the new roundabout at the eastern end of the Aston Clinton by-pass(now A43).
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 - OW

APRIL 2011
Friday 1st Craig Blackwell (Former OCC Ecologist) “Landscapes and habitats of Oxfordshire”

Sunday 17th 5.30pm APPLETON LOWER COMMON Meet at layby on unclassified road between A415 and Appleton(SP425001) for a circular walk of approximately 2 miles with easy walking (two stiles) and to hear warblers and see spring flowers. Could be wet underfoot so wellies advisable. Car parking limited so car sharing preferable.
Leader: Sue Morton 01993 703686 - OB

MAY 2011
Friday 6th Jill Bailey “A Kookaburra Stole My Tent Peg”


The traditional DAWN CHORUS will take place on SUNDAY 15th MAY – further details will be available at the indoor meetings.

Summer programmes will most likely be handed out at the first indoor meeting, or posted a day or two later if you do not attend.

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 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 Walks
Programme Secretary, Tony Mattingley on 01993 868282 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

Summer 2010

Winter 2009/10

Summer 2009

Winter 2008/9

Summer 2008

Winter 2007/8



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