of venues, transport, map references and other advice are at the
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Events and Walks
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Friday 1st 7.15pm for 7.30pm FIRST INDOOR MEETING – METHODIST
HIGH STREET, WITNEY.
Mornee Button “Wild Flowers of Corsica – the scented
2.30pm ADLESTROP AND DAYLESFORD WALK Meet at Village Hall car park
a circular 3 mile walk. Lunch available at The Fox, Lower Oddington
Leader: Tony Mattingley 01993 868282 - BO
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
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”
10am WITNEY LAKES AND RIVER WINDRUSH Meet at Windrush Leisure Centre
a walk of approximately 2.5 miles with one stile and steps. Likely
to be wet underfoot.
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020 - O
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.
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.
NATURE IN ART TRUST Twigworth, near Gloucester. Meet at the Trust
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
Leader: Tony Mattingley 01993 868282 - GW
Friday 4th Peter Creed “Wildlife of Upper Teesdale”
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
Friday 4th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by Graham Wren “Nest
Boxes” (over 40 years experience)
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
Friday 1st Craig Blackwell (Former OCC Ecologist) “Landscapes
and habitats of Oxfordshire”
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
Leader: Sue Morton 01993 703686 - OB
Friday 6th Jill Bailey “A Kookaburra Stole My Tent Peg”
DAWN CHORUS will take place on SUNDAY 15th MAY – further details
will be available at the indoor meetings.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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
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 email@example.com, or directed
to the Walks
Programme Secretary, Tony Mattingley on 01993 868282 unless another
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