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Indoor Meetings, Events and Walks

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 3rd 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Upper Hall Methodist Church, High Street, Witney.
Dr Helen Roy "The Arrival of an Alien Ladybird"

Sunday 12th 10.30 am FUNGUS FORAY in Nettlebed Woods. From Nettlebed village turn right at mini roundabout on to B481. After 1 mile turn left on to a hard track opposite saw mill. Park just a few metres off the track. Map Ref SU703857.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710.

Sunday 19th 2 pm CRANHAM near Painswick, Gloucestershire. Meet at Map Ref SO893125. Park off the road near Cranham school outside of the main part of the village. This is a 3 - 4 mile walk with some steep gradients through ancient woodland skirting Sheepscombe (Laurie Lee fame). Nearest pub for lunch "The Butcher's Arms", Sheepscombe (01452 812113)
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194/07790 516454 BOG

- 3 nights
For enquiries please contact David Roberts. 01993 841194 / 07790 516454


Friday 7th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Paddy Gallagher "Way Down South from Mexico"

Sunday 16th 10.30 am CHARLBURY circular walk. Meet in Ditchley Road, off The Slade, Charlbury. Map Ref: SP 361192. 3.6 mile walk to the east of Charlbury, open views and easy gradients, only 140ft in overall altitude. Lunch available at The Bull (01608 810689) or The Bell (01608 810278) in the centre of Charlbury (booking advised).
Leader: Ken Betteridge 01993 878615 / 07887 481731. BOG


Friday 5th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Dr Alan Larkman "The Decline of Farmland Birds"

Sunday 7th 9.45am COTSWOLD WATER PARK (Joint walk with Oxford RSPB Group)
Meet at Neighbridge Car Park, Somerford Keynes Map Ref SU018947 for a walk of approximately 3 miles around a few of the lakes. Lunch available at ''The Baker's Arms'', Somerford Keynes (01285 861298).
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 O

TBA A Christmas dinner will be arranged shortly. Full details will be announced at the indoor meetings.


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

Sunday 11th 2.30 pm. Group visit to CROCODILES OF THE WORLD, Burford Road, Brize Norton, Oxfordshire OX18 3NX. Booking essential via Mary Elford on 01993 851862 / 07974 773854. £7.95 per person.

Friday 16th 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.


Friday 6th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Dr Graham Lenton "Wildlife of Madagascar"

Thursday 19th 11am Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW - Behind the scenes tour with Dr James Hogan. Limited numbers,
contact Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854.


Friday 6th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
followed by Graham Wren "St Kilda"

Sunday 29th BETTY DAWS WOOD and three other smaller reserves to see wild daffodils. Meet at 11 am. From the A40 going west from Gloucester, take the right turn to Newent (B4215). In Newent turn right at traffic lights towards Dymock. After Three Choirs Vineyard, take first left to Four Oaks. The reserve is signposted on your left. Map Ref SO696284. Lunch available at Black Dog Inn, Church Street, Newent, GL18 1AA (01531 828747) Contact person Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854.


Friday 10th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Chris Ward "Peninsular Malaysia" O

Saturday 11th 9.00 am RSPB RESERVE, OTMOOR. Meet in the RSPB car park at the end of Otmoor Lane, Beckley. Map Ref SP570126. Lunch available at the Abingdon Arms, Beckley (01865 351311)
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 BO


Friday 1st 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING
Malcolm Brownsword "Wildlife Experiences in the Upper Thames Region". Please bring plants and books for our usual sale in aid of Club funds.

Sunday 10th 4.00 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. Map Ref SP381073.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 BO


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 2014

Winter 2013/14

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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