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!]
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.
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.
John C writes:
This evening (14 Jan 2022) we had a truly fascinating and information-packed Zoom talk, The Trouble Without Wasps, by Dr Ian Bedford, a retired entomologist from the John Innes Centre in Norwich: all you ever need to know about wasps – and much more!
On Monday 6 December, fourteen Field Club members enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Entomology Department of the Museum of Natural History in Oxford.
Jonathan Noel writes:
Sunday 31 October started with heavy rain and strong winds and the outlook for a successful walk looked bleak. However, by the time I had reached our meeting point at Boars Hill the weather had turned into a beautiful autumn day. Sixteen brave souls also ventured out and we met our leader for the foray Peter Creed.
On the sunny but chilly morning of Sunday 7 November 2021, eighteen Field Club members gathered for a tour of Gibbets Close Farm, led by Neil Clennell from the Wychwood Forest Trust.
On Sunday 3 October, our group of eight was blessed with a warm, dry and sunny morning following the deluge of the previous day. The paths were, however, quite dry – perhaps there’s a clue in the name! We were under the expert guidance of Lesley Dunlop, who introduced us to the wonders of the Corallian succession in this former sand quarry, which is a SSSI and BBOWT reserve.
On Sunday 19 September, Jeremy Biggs, the director of the Freshwater Habitats Trust, led eighteen people on a pond dipping walk at Pinkhill meadow ponds near Farmoor Reservoir.
Mary E. writes:
Thirteen members came along on the morning of 13 August to inspect the contents of three moth traps that had been placed in different locations the previous evening in and around a private garden in Shilton.