Outdoor meetings

Outdoor meetings usually take the form of short walks of two to three miles and typically last a couple of hours. Visitors are welcome for the nominal sum of £3 paid to the walk leader.

Please note that booking is essential for some meetings and it is helpful for the leaders to have an idea of how many people will be coming.

For more information, to book or to indicate that you will be coming, please email walks@thefieldclub.org.uk or use the form on the Contact Us page.

Sunday 19 September 2021
10:30 am
Pond dipping at Pinkill, near Farmoor
(Adults only)
Leader: Jeremey Biggs, director of the Freshwater Trust
Details to follow
Map reference: tbc
Wednesday 25 August 2021
10:30 am
Visit to FarmEd
This is a not-for-profit organization on a 107 acre mixed farm with 3 eco-buildings for conferences and education. They have been on BBC’s Countryfile. Their mission is to build sustainable farming and food systems. See their website https://www.farm-ed.co.uk/  
Leader: tbc
An optional picnic lunch using locally sourced, regenerative and seasonal ingredients (£12 per head) will be available. Please let Jonathan Noel know if you would like lunch.
More details to follow
Map reference: tbc
Booking essential
Wednesday 11 August 2021
11:30 am
Visit to Minster Lovell Hedgehog Rescue
Leader: tbc
Numbers limited to ten people.If there is enough interest a second visit can be arranged.
Map reference: tbc
Booking essential
Saturday 24 July 2021
9:00 am
Moth morning at Shilton
See the moths from 4 overnight traps at a private garden and wooded area in Shilton
Refresments will be served.
Leader: Mary Elford
Numbers limited to twelve and priority will be given to members who have not been to a moth morning before.
Map reference
Booking essential
Wednesday 14 July 2021
8:30 pm
Crepuscular walk in the Stonesfield area
A walk of two to three miles to look for glowworms and see or hear bats and grasshoppers. Some of this walk will be in the dark over rough ground so please wear suitable footwear and bring a torch.
Leaders: Sue Morton and John Cobb
Meet at the small parking space on the east side of minor road between Ashford Mill and Stonesfield at the far western end of Stonesfield Common. Parking space is limited so car sharing is advised.
Map reference: SP388163.
Wednesday 7July 2021
1:30 pm

Hackpen Hill and Crowhole bottom near Childrey and Wantage
There should be lots of butterflies etc.
Leader: John Cobb
Details tbc
Map reference tbc
Tuesday 29 June 2021
6:00 pm
Wildflower walk in the Chipping Norton area
Circular walk starting at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre and then through Glyme Farm, New Chalford Farm and Over Norton Park Farm returning to the car park. This an area of significant biodiversity and includes wildflower-rich limestone grassland, unimproved farmland with wild flower margins, a newly created farm wildflower meadow, and farm land that has been in Stewardship Schemes for many years.
The walk is 4-5 miles and will take about 2 and a half hours with the option of leaving early. 
Leader: Craig Blackwell (former County Ecologist)
Meet in the Chipping Norton leisure centre car park just off Burford Road in Chipping Norton.
Map reference SP316226
Thursday 17 June 2021
11:00 am
Greystones Farm near Bourton-on-the-Water.
This is a Gloucestershire wildlife trust reserve.
Leader: Maggie Collins
Park in the Station Road public car park (small charge) in Bourton. The reserve is a five minute walk from there.
Map reference SP173209
Saturday 5 June 2021
10:30 am
Deer Park Wood, Witney
This is an 11 acre site managed by Witney Woodland Volunteers (WWV) to improve the land for the benefit of wildlife and the local community. The site has a central grassed area surrounded by mounds planted with mixed woodland species. It is a very impressive example of nature conservation in an urban area. WWV have a great website (click on this link) which gives a lot of information about the site including records of all the flowers, birds, mammals and butterflies etc seen on the site.  The walk will also include a visit to land on the other side of Range Road which WWV wish to manage in the future. The walk should take about 1 and a half hours.
Leaders: Roger and Esther Hepworth.
Meet at the outdoor classroom shown on the plan of the wood on their website. The wood doesn’t have its own parking place so the best place to park is to drive along Deer Park Road then turn into Range Road and then take the first right into De Haviland Way. Drive to the far end of this cul-de-sac and park on the roadside. You will see on the right hand-side of the road by the last industrial unit a long tarmacked footpath which goes into the wood. Once in the wood go up some steps and where the footpaths cross go straight on into the grassed area and then turn right and the outdoor classroom is about 50 yards further along. Parts of the site can get very wet so please wear suitable footwear.
Map reference SP337102
Sunday 2 May 2021
4:00 am
Dawn Chorus Walk
A slow walk of two to three miles to hear the birds wake up and start singing. We hope to hear or see 40 to 50 species.
Leader: Adrian State
Meet at car park at top of lane leading to Minster Lovell ruins; wrap up well – it can be very cold early in the morning!
Map reference: SP322113
Limited to six participants
Booking essential
Thursday 17 December 2020
10:30 am
Devil’s Quoits Geology Walk
Leader: Lesley Dunlop
Meet at the car park opposite the council recycling centre near Dix Pit. There is then a short walk to the Quoits. It is very likely to be muddy in places.
Map reference: SP448046
Limited to six participants
Bookin essential
Sunday 1 November 2020
10:30 am
Fungus Foray
Leader: Peter Creed
Meet at the layby on the road outside the BBOWT reserve near Bruern. There is then a short walk to get to the reserve. Map Ref: SP259208 Post code OX7 6RW.
Map reference: SP259208 Post code OX7 6RW
Limited to six participants
Booking essential
Tuesday 11 August 2020
10:00 am
Parsonage Moor
The highlight is to see Grass of Parnassus, which is rare in the south of England, in flower.
Leader: Peter Creed
Meet at Dry Sandford Pit car park 100 yards from the Merry Miller pub in Cothill village. Map Ref: SU467997, Post code OX13 6JW.
Map reference: SU467997 Post Code OX13 6JW
Limited to six participants
Booking essential
Tuesday 11 August 2020
10:00 am & 3:00 pm
Broadwell Airfield
Broadwell Airfield is a very good botanical site; we expect good displays of pyramidal orchids, amongst other things.
Leaders: Sue Morton and John Cobb
Meet in the car park next to the solar farm at the end of the old runway on the south side of the minor road from Kencot towards Burford.
Map reference: SP248069
Limited to six participants
Booking essential