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Indoor Meetings, Events and Walks

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Paddy Gallagher "Albatrosses and Penguins of the World"

For enquiries please contact Yvonne Townsend 01993 772906.

Sunday 20th 10.30 am FUNGUS FORAY IN BERNWOOD FOREST with Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710. Meet at Bernwood Forest car park on Stanton St John to Oakley road. SP612 118.

Friday 1st 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Jonathan Strode "The Iberian Lynx"

Sunday 3rd 2 pm AUTUMN COLOUR at the Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay. Admission charge.
SU556 986.
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 / 07790 516454. BOG

Friday 6th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Mornee Button "Flowers of the Western Austrian Alps"

Sunday 15th 9.30 am PORT MEADOW. Walk to see over-wintering wildfowl and wading birds. Meet in car park at end of Walton Well Road (off Kingston Road/Walton Street), Oxford, beyond the canal and railway bridges; pay and display applies (currently £1.05 for 1 - 3 hours). Bring wellingtons.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 O

JANUARY 2014 Subscriptions are due by 31st. Please send your cheque to the Treasurer, Tony Florey, using the form provided.

Friday 17th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING - MEMBERS NIGHT (non members equally welcome) Bring your slides, photographs and other materials for display or identification. Plus a fiendish quiz.

Sunday 26th NATURE IN ART, Twigworth, near Gloucester. Meet there at 12 noon (SO 847222) for lunch in the café then visit The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. This event is very suitable for members with mobility difficulties.
Leader: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854.

Sunday 2nd 2.15 pm GREAT TEW. A walk of 3 miles to search for snowdrops at three sites & hopefully aconites. Meet at SP 402276, the junction of a by-road with the track leading to Beaconsfield Farm, about one mile SE of Great Tew, as the crow flies. Lunch available at the Falkland Arms, 01608 683653.
Leader: Ken Betteridge 01993 878615 / 07887 481731 BO

Friday 7th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Dr. Graham Lenton "Gorillas in my midst - a Ugandan Odyssey". Ugandan gorillas/birds/wildlife

Sunday 23rd 2 pm Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park, Colesbourne, Nr. Cheltenham, GL53 9NP. Entrance fee. Colesbourne Park has been the home of the Elwes family since 1789. The historic snowdrop collection, started by Henry John Elwes with the discovery of Galanthus elwesii in Turkey in 1874, has been greatly developed by the family in the past 25 years. It has been called 'England's greatest snowdrop garden'. Lunch available at Colesbourne Inn, Tel: 01242 870376.
Leader: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854 B

Friday 7th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by Graham Wren "Wild Flowers"

Sunday 9th SLIMBRIDGE Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Meet in the car park at 11 am. Entrance fee. Facilities: café, wheelchairs/mobility vehicles (book in advance), optics shop and gift shop.
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 / 07790 516454 O

Sunday 30th 2 pm CIRCULAR WALK from Combe via North Leigh Roman Villa 3 miles. Meet by red telephone box on village green in front of church SP414159. Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 / 07790 516454 BOG

Friday 4th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Peter Barker "Wildlife of Namibia"

Sunday 6th 10.30 am TREES OF BLENHEIM PARK. A guided walk with tree expert, Ian Gourlay. Meet at the town car park in Hensington Road, Woodstock.
For information contact Mary Elford on 01993 851862 / 07974 773854 BO

Friday 2nd 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Nigel Fisher "The History and Ecology of Wytham Woods"
Please bring plants for our usual plant sale in aid of Club funds.

Sunday 11th 4.00 am DAWN CHORUS - Wychwood Forest. Meet at lay-by Charlbury side of Finstock Church on the west side of the B4022 Witney to Charlbury road. SP360166.
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.


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

Previous programmes

Summer 2013

Winter 2012/13

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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