Summer 2022

Indoor meetings are held on the first Friday of each month from October to May in the Methodist Church, Witney. Please use the rear entrance from Woolgate (Waitrose) car park in Witan Way.

A printable version of the programme can be downloaded here.

Talks and outdoor meetings are free to members and £3 for visitors. Please note that booking is required for some events where numbers are limited.

For more information on outdoor meetings, to indicate that you will be coming, or to book if required, please email julia_d_reid@yahoo.com or use the form on the Contact Us page.

Sunday 1 May 2022 4:00 am
DAWN CHORUS
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 / OX29 0RN
Friday 6 May 2022 7:15 for 7:30 pm
INDOOR MEETING
Martin Catt
Montagu’s Devon
Montagu’s Devon covers the work of this great naturalist in south west Devon covering the late 1700’s into the early 1800’s – a time of great learning and discovery.
Annual Plant Sale
Please bring plants and books to sell in aid of Club funds
Saturday 14 May 2022 10:00 am
SOUTHILL SOLAR FARM
with Anne Miller, former director of Wild Oxfordshire
To see wildflowers, bees and butterflies etc., and learn about community-owned renewable projects.
Meet at the layby on the left side of the B4022 Witney to Charlbury Road shortly after Fawler Mill House on the left.
Map reference: SP363181 / OX7 3AE
Some of the walk will be over rough ground – suitable footwear and, perhaps, a walking pole advised.
Sunday 22 May 2022 6:00 pm
EVENING BIRD SONG
Leaders: Sue Morton and John Cobb
A quiet walk of a mile or two to hear, enjoy and (hopefully!) identify the songs of common birds and summer migrants.
Meet at the Rushy Common reserve car park off the Cogges – Stanton Harcourt Road.
Map Ref: SP381073 / OX29 5AN
Sunday 29 May 2022 to Tuesday 31 May
Field Trip to Somerset
Fully Booked
Friday 10 June 2022 6:00 pm
LONGMEAD MEADOW
Leader: Catriona Bass
Walk to see a species-rich wildflower meadow on the River Thames floodplain; joint with Green Party.
Park on Wharf Road just before the Talbot Inn and then walk to the site which is on the right of the road going towards Swinford Toll Bridge.
Map Ref: SP441088 / OX29 4BT
Numbers limited to 12
Booking essential
Monday 20 June 2022 10:00 am
CHIMNEY MEADOWS BBOWT RESERVE
Walk of two to three hours led by Lisa Lane of BBOWT to learn about the recent Wetland Restoration Project.
Park at the Chimney Meadows BBOWT office car park, which is about half a mile further than the public parking area.
Map Ref: SP354013 / OX18 2EH.
Numbers limited to 15
Booking essential
Saturday 25 June 2022 9:00 am
MOTH MORNING
with expert Julian Howe
Come and meet the moths from overnight traps in a private garden in Shilton. We hope to see some spectacular hawk moths.
Refreshments will be served
(possibility of a small contribution to the cost)
Numbers limited to 15
Booking essential; priority will be given members who have not been to a moth morning before.
Sunday 3 July 2022 11:00 am
ASTON ROWANT NNR
A walk led by Dr Tim King to learn about the ecology of yellow meadow ants and the plants associated with their mounds. Also diverse chalk downland flora with up to eight orchid species in flower.
Leave the M40 at J6 and join the old A40, travelling south. Turn right right at Christmas Common/Aston Rowant. Go past the NNR and over the M40. The Cowleaze Wood Car Park is about a mile after the motorway.
Map Ref: SU727958 / OX49 5XH
Sunday 17 July 2022 10:00 am
WINDRUSH VALLEY
Join two Club members for a walk of approximately three miles (2-3 hours) to see wild flowers and birds. The terrain is variable and rough so please wear appropriate footwear.
Park in the service road on the south side of the Witney to Burford Road, B4047, just west of the roundabout at the top of Tower Hill.
Map Ref: SP343102 / OX28 6ED
Sunday 31 July 2022
WHYCHWOOD FOREST FAIR
The Club will have a stall at this year’s Forest Fair in Foxburrow Wood, Crawley – come and visit us!
For tickets and information see the Whychwood Forest Trust website.
Map Ref: SP349118 / OX29 9XL
Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:00 am
BUTTERFLIES
Leader: Roger Newman
A visit to two nature reserves in the Charlbury area – Wigwell and Dean Common, spending about an hour at each site to see butterflies.
Park in Nine Acres Lane and meet at the entrance to Wigwell by the old scout hut.
Map Ref: SP357198 / OX7 3RE
Thursday 11 August 2022 10:30 am
HINKSEY HEIGHTS FEN
Harcourt Hill, West Oxford
A walk of two to three hours led by owners John Brimble and Jenny Atkinson (a botanist) to see this steep valley fen and to learn about the Oxfordshire Fens Project to restore the alkaline short-sward fen.
Park at Hinksey Heights golf course car park (free)
Map Ref: SP501044 / OX1 5AB
Saturday 13 August 12.30 for 1:00 pm
SUMMER PARTY
Shilton Village Hall
Enquiries and bookings to David Roberts jean.roberts2@btinternet.com or 07790 516454
Bring your own wine. Soft drinks will be provided.
The Village Hall is opposite the church at the top of the hill.
Map ref: SP267083 / OX18 4AE
Booking essential
Cost £14 per person to the Treasurer by end of July
Thursday 25 August 2022 11:00 am
NATURES WILD HARVEST
Leader: Martin Catt
A walk of about two hours at North Leigh Common. Depending on the season there may be some fungi so be prepared to scratch, sniff and taste!
Take the A4095 from Witney and turn left to East End and the Roman Villa, then turn next right and the car park to the common is on your right.
Map Ref: SP399137 / OX29 6PU
Sunday 4 September 2022 2:00 pm
INSECTS AND SPIDERS
A walk of about two hours at North Leigh Common, with Lawrence Bee who has co-written ‘Britain’s Spiders – A Field Guide’. He will use equipment such as a beating tray and a sweep net to find and identify insects and spiders.
Take the A4095 from Witney and turn left to East End and the Roman Villa, then turn next right and the car park to the common is on your right.
Map Ref: SP399137 / OX29 6PU
Numbers limited to 15
Booking essential
Late September 2022
Geology Walk
TBA details to follow
Friday 7 October 2022 7:15 for 7:30 pm
INDOOR MEETING
Timothy Walker
former director Oxford Botanic Gardens
Sex, Lies and Putrefaction
Guaranteed to be an entertaining and informative talk!
Saturday 15 or Friday 21 October 2022
(Depending on the dates of the next two events)
2:00-5:30pm
Visit to
THENFORD ARBORETUM
near Banbury
Over forty years, Lord and Lady Heseltine have created an arboretum of seventy acres with a collection of more than 3,000 different trees and shrubs.
Cost of entry £16.00 each.
Please book individually via the arboretum’s website, which also gives directions.
October 2022
TBA Autumn Birdwatching trip
TBA Fungus Foray