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Walks, Events and Indoor Meetings

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Sunday 15th 4am DAWN CHORUS Minster Lovell. Meet at car park at top of lane leading to the Minster ruins. (SP322113)
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 O

Sunday 29th 2pm HACKPEN HILL (near Childrey/Wantage) Approaching from Childrey on the B4001, turn left at the top of the hill at Sparsholt Firs (SU343851). Meet at the parking area at the side of the Ridgeway (which is approximately 4 miles SW of Wantage) for a 2.5 miles circular walk, with steep gradients, when we are likely to see corn bunting, buzzards, red kites, wheatear and kestrel, also uncommon flora e.g. yellow wort, henbane and many insects such as chalk carpet, wood tiger moths, green hairstreak, brown argus, common blue, small heath etc. Nearest pubs for lunch “The Star” at Sparsholt, 01235 751539 or “The Hatchet” at Childrey, 01235 751213.
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword, 01235 850668 BOG


Saturday 4th 2.30pm LASHFORD LANE FEN four miles SW of Oxford, half a mile N of Dry Sandford (SP468011) for wildlife walk of one mile. Bird watching from hide (water rail, reed bunting, warblers).
Leader: Tony Mattingley 01993 868282 BOGW
NB Depending on how much time we spend at Lashford it may be possible to visit other locations e.g. Dry Sandford Pit, Parsonage Moor.

Wednesday 15th 7pm UPTON, BURFORD Meet at Middle Lane. Park on B4425 (continuation of Sheep Street, Burford) near turn for Little Barrington (SP243124).
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020 BOG

Saturday 25th 2pm KINGHAM Meet on village green (SP261239) for a 3 mile ramble along footpaths once frequented by William Warde Fowler, Oxford don and ornithologist. Park by pavement between crossroads and school. Lunch available at “The Kingham Plough” 01608 658327.
Leader: Gordon Ottewell 01242 603464 (or contact Tony Mattingley 01993 868282)


Wednesday 6th 6pm BRIDEWELL ORGANIC GARDENS (SP378147) Meet at entrance to Vineyard car park(parking indication signs should be put up) for a guided tour of the gardens and possibly wine tasting afterwards.
Leader: Ian Gourlay 01865 245864 BG

Sunday 10th 11am OAKLEY WOOD (Bernwood Forest) Meet in forestry car park. Take road from Stanton St John to Oakley/Brill. The car park is on the right approximately 200 yards after a turn from Horton cum Studley joins from the left. The wood is particularly good for plants and butterflies. (SP612118)
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668 BOGL

Tuesday 19th 7pm BABLOCKHYTHE/THAMES PATH Meet at the “Ferryman Inn” car park (SP434042) for a ramble along the River Thames towpath followed by a visit to the inn afterwards – optional!
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020 BOG


Sunday 7th 11am BOURTON DOWNS AREA (Nr Snowshill) Walk of approximately 7 miles (can be shorter if desired) – stiles, hills, mud and butterflies. No pub so bring lunch and water. Parking is difficult so car sharing essential. Please telephone Sue Morton for details and to arrange transport.
Leader: Sue Morton 01993 703686 BOGL

Saturday 13th 2.30pm RUSHEY COMMON (Gill Mill) Meet at Rushey Common car park for a walk of 2.5 – 3 miles to look at the landscape and geology of the northern part of the Lower Windrush Valley (SP381074)
Leader: Lesley Dunlop 01993 770703 BOG

Friday 19th 8.30pm MOTH TRAP EVENING with David Redhead at Stonefold, Worsham Lane, Asthall Leigh, with follow-up on Saturday 20th at 9am to examine moths caught. Parking is limited so please telephone Brenda Betteridge 01993 878615 GW

Sunday 21st 6.30pm for 7pm SUMMER PARTY at The George and Dragon, Long Hanborough.


Friday 2nd 6.30pm BAT WALK AT SHERBORNE Meet at the National Trust estate office (SP172147) Driving west on the A40 turn right to Sherborne and first left into the village. The office is about .75 of a mile on the left opposite the cemetery. There will be an introductory talk before embarking on the walk. Bring bat monitors if you have them.
Leader: Mike Robinson 01451 843021

Tuesday 6th 6pm DITCHLEY PARK Walk of approximately 2 miles (can be shorter) to see colchicums (meadow saffron). Approach through Fulwell and meet at Ellen’s Lodge (SP380224)
Leader: Brenda Betteridge 01993 878615 BO

Sept 30th - Oct 2nd Club trip to Gibraltar Point


Friday 7th 7.15pm for 7.30pm FIRST INDOOR MEETING. METHODIST CHURCH, HIGH STREET, WITNEY. Tim King “Ants and Anthills”

Sunday 16th 2pm FUNGUS FORAY at Foxholes BBOWT Reserve, Bruern. Meet in small car park (SP259208)
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710 BOG

Sunday 23rd 2pm CRANHAM near Painswick, Gloucestershire. Meet at Map Ref SO893125. Park off the road near Cranham school which is out 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
Tel 01452 812113
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 BOG


Winter programmes 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 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 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

Winter 2010/11

Summer 2010

Winter 2009/10

Summer 2009

Winter 2008/9

Summer 2008

Winter 2007/8



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