What we're about
This is a group for anyone interested in getting outdoors and enjoying the natural world. We will be exploring the Oxfordshire countryside visiting nature reserves, lakes, rivers and woods in pursuit of the varied wildlife living in our region. Winter trips will be primarily focussed on bird watching but as we move into Spring we will extend our remit. My main non-feathered interests are butterflies, moths and dragonflies as this flying wildlife tends to be the easiest to observe, and some trips will be focussed on these. However, I'm very much open to suggestions for events, and I hope the club will eventually cover all aspects of nature. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginner to Bill Oddie, I'm happy to offer some tips for beginners. I'm hoping this group will encourage young-ish people to take an interest in nature, as many of the existing wildlife-related groups attract a demographic which puts them in danger of going extinct in the near future. Having said that, the emphasis is on the "ish" in “youngish”, and everyone is welcome. Most trips will involve a bit of walking, although this is not a walking club per se, and we will be stopping to sniff the roses rather than clocking up the miles. Some trips may involve an element of adventure. I hope this will be a sociable club and each trip will include a "debriefing session" at a local country pub. In summer, if there is interest, we might go on some longer, weekend trips to visit the wilder corners of the UK or Europe. I will also post details of interesting wildlife-related talks and events around town.