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Dawn Chorus 1 May 2022

Five brave individuals turned up at 4 am on the first of May for the club’s annual dawn chorus walk – a rather low turnout – but some people may have been deterred by the forecast of rain later in the morning. As it turned out though, the weather held and we had a good, albeit chilly walk. [But not as cold as it can be!]

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First Cricket of the Year

Sue Morton writes:

Each year in early May I watch for the first speckled bush cricket nymphs of the year to appear in my garden. 

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Members

Terrapins at Tar Lakes

Sue Morton writes:

We were surprised to see something rather unexpected on the old tern raft at Witney Lake a couple of weeks ago….

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Witney Birds

Lindsay Fisher writes:

I spotted a Little Egret at the Bathing Place the other day…..

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Club

Greenham Common Reptiles

On the sunny Sunday morning of 10 April, fourteen of us met Neil Clennell, Chief Executive of the Wychwood Forest Trust and herpetologist, near Greenham Common to look for reptiles. Neil was absolutely confident – and rightly so – that we would easily find adders.

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Mosses and liverworts at Whitehill Wood

On the dry, early spring morning of 27 March, nineteen members gathered by the entrance to Whitehill Wood, near Stonesfield, to hear Peter Creed’s introduction to mosses and liverworts.

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Dog’s Vomit Slime Mould

John C. writes:

The full report of the club’s visit to Whitehill Woods last Sunday will appear in due course, but I can’t resist reporting one thing that only a few of us who were lingering at the back saw.

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Talks

Talk Friday 1 April 2022

This talk will be in person in the lower hall, Methodist Church, Witney.

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Members

A Newt in the Greenhouse

David Roberts writes:

I found this smooth newt under a pot in my greenhouse. I think it’s a young immature one from last year.

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Signs of Spring

Sue Morton writes:

In the last week, I’ve heard my first chiffchaff and seen my first bee fly, sure signs that spring is here.