During the summer, the Society meets every Tuesday from May through to the end of August. Meetings are on Tuesdays at 7.00p.m. unless otherwise stated. Stout footwear is generally advised for our outdoor meetings. Visitors are usually most welcome. Note that as many of the meeting places do not have postcodes, the closest is listed. Click on the grid reference to load a map showing the location of the site.
During the winter, the Society meets every Tuesday from September through to the end of April at:Cruck Barn
City Discovery Centre
Meetings open with refreshments at 7.30pm, for an 8pm start. Meeting are free for members. There is a charge of £2.00 for non-members.
Please note that clause 7 of the Society’s constitution reads: “The Society will exercise due care when arranging its meeting and activities for the benefit of members. Members taking part in any meeting or activity do so at their own risk”. Click this link to view the full Risk Assessment document.
Meet at 14:00 on Saturday, 13 January 2018 at the Reserve Car Park (SP570126). Leader Linda Murphy
Please note that there is limited car parking space at the reserve and it is a popular destination on weekend afternoons in winter, so car sharing is essential as far as possible and it is advisable to arrive in good time. If the car park is full, return to the village of Beckley, park there and walk down Otmoor Lane. Do not park in Otmoor Lane. Limited ferrying can be arranged for those who need a lift back up the hill at the end of the afternoon. Tracks on the reserve are flat, but very muddy, so strong, waterproof footwear is needed. The distance from the car park to the furthest screen on the reserve and back is approximately 4km.
All entries must be handed to Julie, Linda or Jean by the end of the January 16th meeting.
Prints only can be entered.
Maximum size of prints A4 (210x297mm).
Each member may enter a maximum of 2 prints per category. (That’s 8 prints in total). Prints must be unmounted.
The four categories are:-
2) All other animals, including mammals, fish, insects, etc.
3) Plants and fungi.
4) Habitats, geological, astronomical.
Domestic animals and cultivated plants are not eligible.
People must not be a major subject of any photograph. May the best photograph win! It could be yours!
3 March 2018 update - the walk is NOT CANCELLED but please take extra care if travelling by road.
Martin Kincaid had advised that "the road up to Manor Farm is pretty clear now. We should be able to park up a the car park just off Old Wolverton Road if not the one at the farm buildings. I will wear a Hi-Vis jacket so that people can see me as they turn in off Wolverton Road. Forecast for tomorrow is much warmer, with temperatures up to 8C."
Patrick Barkham - Islanders
Patrick Barkham is a natural history writer for The Guardian. He is also the author of a number of excellent books – including “The Butterfly Isles” and “Badgerlands”.
Recently he has published “Islander: a journey around our archipelago”, which is an exploration of eleven of the smaller islands of Britain – in search of their special magic.
We are delighted to welcome him to talk about this most recent of his projects.
Joint meeting with the inland waterways association
Protecting and improving wildlife along waterways of the
Richard Bennett, environmental officer of the canal and river trust, is coming to
Talk to both societies about our local river and canal habitats.
The charity, Caring for God’s Acre, is keen to encourage people to record the wildlife which can be found in churchyards and other burial grounds.
Andrea Gilpin is coming to tell us more about this – and hopefully to get some of you involved! This event has been rearranged from the Autumn programme.