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WINTER PROGRAMME 2012/2013
Walks, Events and Indoor Meetings


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OCTOBER 2012

Friday 5th 7.15 for 7.30 pm FIRST INDOOR MEETING, METHODIST CHURCH, HIGH STREET, WITNEY.
Ron Perkins “Birds in Flight – Britain and USA”

Sunday 7th 2 pm SHOTOVER COUNTRY PARK, HEADINGTON, OXFORD. Guided tour with Ivan Wright of Shotover Wildlife. 117 hectares of diverse habitats, a haven for wildlife with an intimate mosaic of hidden valleys and varied landscapes. Spectacular views from the top across South Oxfordshire. Some steep inclines. Follow Old Road, Headington east over the bypass, up a steep hill to the car park. SP564 062
For information call: Mary Elford 01993 851862 BOG

Tuesday 16-19th NORTH NORFOLK Field Club bird watching trip. Leader David Roberts 01993 841194

Sunday 21st 2 pm FUNGUS FORAY at Sydlings Copse, BBOWT reserve. On B4027 between Islip and Wheatley (SP559 096). Park opposite Royal Oak Farm and meet up there. Pub lunch at Abingdon Arms, Beckley 01865 351311.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710. BOG

NOVEMBER 2012
Friday, 2nd INDOOR MEETING
: Tony Bostock “River Fly Life”

Saturday, 10th 2 pm AUTUMN COLOUR Withington Woods/ Chedworth area. Meet at Chedworth Roman Villa (park on the verge or in the NT car park if you are a NT member). SP056 135. About 4 miles or shorter alternative if required.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 BOG

DECEMBER 2012
Friday, 7th INDOOR MEETING
: Lesley Dunlop “The Building Stones of Oxfordshire”

Tuesday, 11th CHRISTMAS DINNER at The George and Dragon, Long Hanborough 6.30 for 7pm.
For enquiries and booking please contact Yvonne Townsend 01993 772906 but further details will be available at the indoor meetings.

Sunday, 16th 11 am GEOLOGY WALK Faringdon and surrounds. A circular walk of about 3 miles to look at the sponge gravels and landscape. All on paths. Meet in Stanford Road, SU296 954 which is opposite the turning for Nursery View.
Leader: Lesley Dunlop, 01993 770703 BOG

JANUARY 2013
Subscriptions are due by 31st. Please send your cheque to the Treasurer, Tony Florey, using the form provided.

Friday, 18th INDOOR MEETING: MEMBERS NIGHT (non members equally welcome) Bring your slides, photographs and other materials for display or identification. Plus a fiendish quiz.
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Saturday, 26th 2 pm. Visit to THE WALTER ROTHSCHILD ZOOLOGICAL MUSEUM, Akeman St, Tring. Lunch available at pubs in Tring.
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 W

FEBRUARY 2013
Friday, 1st INDOOR MEETING
: Mornee Button “Flowers of the Algarve”

Sunday, 24th 10am FARMOOR RESEVOIR. A 2.5 mile maximum bird-watching stroll across the causeway to the hides at the Pink Hill and Shrike Meadow reserves adjacent to the River Thames. Meet in the Visitors’ Car Park – parking charges apply. SP452 061.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 O

MARCH 2013
Friday, 1st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
followed by Dr. Graham Lenton “Birds of the Seychelles”

Sunday, 10th 2 pm WALK - NETHER WESTCOTE. Meet outside the village pub. Parking in the village. SP226 206. About 2.5 miles of moderate walking. Take the right turn on the A424 Burford to Stow road about 1 mile north of the Merrymouth Inn where lunch is available.
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 BOG


APRIL 2013
Friday, 5th INDOOR MEETING
: Keith Webb “Reminiscences of a Lock Keeper”

Sunday, 21st 10.30 am NORTH MEADOW, CRICKLADE.
CANCELLED - SEE RECENT NEWS PAGE

An old hay meadow which is now a National Nature Reserve and an SSSI with the largest UK population of Snakes Head Fritillaries. The meadow has been managed by residents of Cricklade for hundreds of years through the Court Leet which is still involved in its management. Possible guided walk at 11 am. Tea room open from 10am to 5pm. Car parking in the town, from where the reserve can be reached by public footpaths – about 20 minutes’ walk north west of Cricklade town centre. SU099 945 (start of footpath marked “Weavers Bridge”).
Leader: Mary Elford 01993 851862 BOG

MAY
Friday, 3rd INDOOR MEETING
: Peter Barker “An Otmoor Year”
Please bring plants for our usual plant sale in aid of Club funds.

Sunday, 12th 4 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. SP381 073.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 O


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.

 

INFORMATION
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 info@westoxfordshirefieldclub.org, 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.
OR
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 info@westoxfordshirefieldclub.org, 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 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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