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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 2nd 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
INDOOR MEETING Upper Hall, Methodist Church, High Street, Witney.
Hugh Warwick "A Prickley Affair" - What is happening to our hedgehogs and what can we do about it?

Sunday 18th 10.30 am FUNGUS FORAY IN BERNWOOD FOREST. Meet at Bernwood Forest car park on Stanton St John to Oakley road. Map Ref SP612118.
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710

Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 / 07790 516454

Friday 6th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm
INDOOR MEETING Paddy Gallagher "The Wildlife of New Zealand"

Saturday 14th 10.30 am 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). Map Ref SP056135. About 4 miles or shorter alternative if required.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 BOG

Friday 4th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Chris Ward "Oman : Land of a Thousand Eagles"

Sunday 6th 9.45 am WILSTONE RESERVOIR (SP905134) and COLLEGE LAKE (BBOWT Reserve with facilities) (SP935139) (joint trip with Oxford RSPB Group). Meet in the Wilstone Reservoir car park off the B489 Aston Clinton to Pitstone road (east of Aylesbury, 1 mile north of the A41/B489 junction). Close views of winter wildfowl, waders and thrushes, plus small scrubland and woodland species.
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 O

Wednesday 9th 6.30 for 7 pm CHRISTMAS DINNER at the Windmill Carvery, Asthall (near Burford).
Lists will be put out at October and November indoor meetings.
Contact person: Yvonne Townsend 01993 772906 / 07917 606129

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

Friday 15th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING - MEMBERS NIGHT (non members equally welcome)
Bring your slides, memory sticks, photographs and other materials for display or identification. Plus a fiendish quiz.

Sunday 31st 10.30 am VISIT TO OVER NORTON PARK FARM & WALK FARM, OX7 5PX led by Mike Kettlewell to see farmland birds. Meet at the 'Pig Farm' on left off the A3400 by the radio mast about 400m north of the roundabout with the A361 road to Banbury. The farm has been in Stewardship schemes for 15 years to increase biodiversity. The bird feeding programme includes millet year round to help Tree Sparrows and Reed Bunting and from December to May mixed feeding to attract Chaffinches, Yellowhammers, Linnets, Skylarks and Corn Bunting etc. Contact person: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974 773854

Friday 5th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Lawrence Bee "Spiders"

Sunday 14th 11 am 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 OW

Friday 4th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING followed by Graham Wren "Wildlife in Ohio"


Friday 1st 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Rod D'Ayala "Wild Flowers of the Burren and Aran Islands"

Sunday 3rd 2 pm CIRCULAR WALK for signs of Spring around Chipping Norton. Meet in Worcester Road car park. Map Ref SP 312271. OX7 5LJ.
Leader: Ken Betteridge 01993 878615 / 07421 058615

Sunday 17th 10.30 am NORTH MEADOW, CRICKLADE. An old hay meadow, 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 NW of Cricklade town centre. Map Ref SU099 945 (start of footpath marked "Weavers Bridge").
Leader: Mary Elford 01993 851862 / 07974773854 BOG

Sunday 1st 4 am DAWN CHORUS Minster Lovell. Meet at car park at top of lane leading to the Minster ruins. Map Ref: SP322113
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 / 07583 426446 BO

Friday 6th 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm INDOOR MEETING Malcolm Brownsword "Chilterns Wildlife". Please bring plants, books and other items for our usual sale in aid of Club funds.


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 2015

Winter 2014/15

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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