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Withymead Nature Reserve

Withymead Nature Reserve is situated between Goring-on-Thames and South Stoke in Oxfordshire and is a hidden gem that appeals to naturalists, walkers, artists and families.

The nature reserve is open:
Dawn 'til Dusk - by prior arrangement only.
Contact us: info@withymead.org
01491 872265, 01491 875357 or 07553 112447

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Volunteer Newsletter Dec 2014

EVENTS CALENDAR

The Anne Carpmael Charitable Trust

OUR THANKS TO :- 

December 2014

Richard and Robert - for help on the slip-way and the yard respectively

Robert - for all his unstinting help around the reserve

Peter - for Table Cloths, Garden Tools, and cheery presence

Helen and Janet - for the project management help and advice

Claire - for helping today at our Christmas Party for Trustees, Friends, and Volunteers

Richard and Robert - for the slip-way and the fencing respectively

Robert and Shirley - for working on the pet cemetery

Robert - for finishing the planting today...

Robert and the 20+ volunteers - for turning up to plant a hedgerow and help us demolish, jacket potatoes, baked parsnips, baked apples, cake, mince pies etc...

Paul, Roy, and Elaine (get well soon Bill) - for outnumbering the moths on moth night by 3:1

Robert - for cracking on with the fencing

November 2014

Robert - for the fencing, the digging, the hard graft - everything in fact over the last month...

Kathy and Fiona - for working on the newsletter (out SOON!)

Tracey and Chance - for working on the book-keeping

Everyone who has bought our Christmas Cards - we are heading towards our target

Robert - for all his hard work around the reserve

Peter - for help and advice

Isaac - for project managing our office make-over

Richard and Robert - for work on the Laurel and the Slipway

Robert and Mike - for working on Tara's Piece today (great job well done)

Mike, Bill, Robert, David, and Richard - for felling dangerous trees on Tara's Piece today...

David and Robert - for all their hard work on the slip-way today - great view developing guys

Jacqueline and Ivan - for sane conservation conversations and good company...

David and Robert - for preparing the ground for the Annual Flower Meadow

Robert, Claire, Hannah, Naimh, Jess, Tom, Olivia, Chloe, Steve, Jo, Alan, and Pamela - for helping plant Bluebell Bulbs today

Waitrose - for their green token generosity

Paul, Roy, Bill, Elaine, Claire, Kathy, Charlotte, and Tiegan - for joining us on moth night...

Wallingford Green Gym - for joining us in sunshine and showers today

Shirley, Will, and Robert - for being the Monday Morning Brews Club

Withymead Volunteers and Sonning Common Green Gym - for all their hard work today

October 2014

Goring Press - for service above and beyond the call of duty (thanks for staying late tonight so we could collect our Christmas Cards.)

Stephen - for helping with the bats and birds at Little Meadow

Sandra, again, - for the rotavator

and Isaac - for replacing the wiring, getting it running, and ploughing the garden...

Richard and Robert - for helping around the reserve today

Fiona and Kathy - for compiling the volunteer newsletter

Robert and Shirley - for repairing the boardwalk and planting the planters respectively

Mike R - for the stuffed Guillemot and other goodies

Richard and Robert - for help with the tree felling and the tree planting respectively

Isaac - for starting the Rotavator (after stripping and re-building it) (after it not having been run for 10 years)(and it sounds great!!!)

Robert - for all the hard work on the Boatyard Bridge

Robert and Shirley - for turning out to help on a dreadfully wet day (and smiling)

Withymead Volunteers - for mowing Little Meadow

Abingdon Green Gym - for helping at little Meadow

Robert - for building the new notice board for Little Meadow

September 2014

Richard - for help with the Kingfisher Hide clearance

Shirley and Robert - for all their hard work today at the Monday Brews Club

Tom - for assorted paints and preservatives

Fiona and Kathy - for help with the newsletter

The Wildlife Club - for helping to rake the reeds

Peter - for help and advice on funding

Charlotte - for the generous donation and the chance yet again to mow her meadow

Stephen - for helping with the nest boxes today

Robert, Richard and David - for all their help in recent days

Sandra - for the (not yet running) rotorvator

Tiegan and Kathy - for running the stall at Woodcote and donating the proceeds

Buildbase - for a delivery of pallets

Robert, Richard, and the Withymead Volunteers - for mowing a meadow today

Paul, Roy, Bill, and Elaine - for helping on our regular moth night

August 2014

Sarah and Richard - for everything - as they head off on a new adventure

Robert - for all his help and holding the fort whilst we were on our hols

Robert and Richard - for helping with the fallen trees

Robert, Shirley and Will - for the Monday Brews Club

Paul, Roy, Sarah, Bill and Elaine - for making moth night special

Wallingford Green Gym and Robert - for helping to mow (and rake) the meadow

Curt - for the Introduction to Fen Hydrology

And the participants for their generosity

Robert, Shirley, and Will - for being the Monday Morning Brews Club

Jake and Kati - for helping on the hibernaculem and the Patio

Jake - for mowing the meadow

Robert, Sarah, Sarah, Shirley, Tracey, Tara, Scott, Kathy, Tiegan, Charlotte, Andy, Mathew, Fiona - for joining the Withymead Work Party

Peter, Paul, Roy and Sarah - for joining me on moth night

Robert - for working so hard for us today

Wallingford Green Gym and Robert - for all their hard work today on the paths and the nettles

Robert and Shirley - for work on the landing stage and the garden

Rod and all the participants on the 'Introduction to Reptiles and Amphibians' course running today - for a very enjoyable day

Robert - as the landing stage progresses towards completion

Robert and Sonning Common Green Gym - for all their hard work today on the fence

Robert, Shirley, and Will - for helping out today on the landing stage and in the wildlife garden and clearing

Stephen - for helping with the water quality monitoring today

Robert and David - for working so hard over the last few days...

Robert - for continued hard work on the Landing Stage

Robert, Shirley, and David - for the Monday Morning Brews Club

Stephen - for helping with the water monitoring (and not minding getting a little wet)

Robert - for all his hard work today on the Landing Stage

Sarah, Sarah, Will, Shirley, Robert, Deborah and Harriet - for the work party

Paul, Roy, Sarah, Bill, and Elaine - for the best Moth Night on record

May 2014

Jim - for running the Freshwater Invertebrate course today and for his generosity - and to all the participants for participating

Elizabeth - for making the event possible by her generosity

Robert - for volunteering today and cracking on with the well project

Robert, David and Richard - for all their help today

Robert, Shirley, and Gerard - for their help

Vodafone Graduate's Team - for all their hard work creating a wheel-chair accessible path to the Wishing Well

Vodafone Foundation - for their generosity in making our wish come true

Robert and Richard - for all their hard work today ensuring that the Vodafone Work Party went off well

Wallingford Green Gym, Robert, and Gerard - for all their hard work today

Robert, Richard, and Gerard - for all their hard work today

Sonning Common Green Gym, Abingdon Green Gym, and the Withymead Volunteers - for all their hard work today on a multitude of tasks

Paul, Roy, Ian, Sarah, Bill, Elaine; Robert and Eddie, and their parents; Kathy, Teagan and Olivia - for making moth night special

April 2014

Goring Woodcote and District Lions - for providing a home to the Blue Tit family

Michelle - again for all her help on the web and HTML

Mike and everyone who turned up for the Bird Song ID event - for making it a great day

Mike - another one - for being an entertaining and helpful visitor

TVP and BRP - for all their attention today

Robert - for working hard on the gate

Richard and David - for all their hard work

Edward and all at New Hearns Art - for a lovely morning

Richard, David, and Rodney - for all their hard work today

Shirley - for crafts, cakes, bunting and all her hard work and enthusiasm

Robert, Shirley, Sarah, Will, Sarah, Richard, Fiona - for helping today at the Volunteer Recruitment Day

Michelle - for sorting the HTML today

To everyone who has helped us over the last few weeks who we have been unable to thank due to problems with the web site.


March 2014

The Dorothy Holmes Trust - for a very generous donation towards our work here...

Peta - for the shelves

Robert -  for running around, working hard, collecting things...

Richard - for helping with the willow tree

Mike - for help and general things...

Robert and Shirley - for the Monday Morning Brews Club

Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Charlotte, and Lois for their generosity on our Winter Tree ID day

Rob J and The Commodore at Goring Thames Sailing Club - for the redundant sails to clothe our teepee

Robert, Julia, Jennifer, and Green Gyms from Wallingford and Sonning Common - for making today a special day for Richard's family (Richard's Well)

Paul, Roy, Sarah, Bill and Elaine - for joining us on our regular Friday Moth Night

Peppard Building Supplies - for the generous discount

Bouchier Fencing - for their generous discount

A big thank-you to both the above - for helping us towards our new project...

Richard and Robert - for volunteering today

Robert - for all his help and hard work helping us manage the reserve

Gareth and James - for working on the boat today

Everyone who turned out today - for the Withymead Workparty

 

February 2014

Robert and all at Wallingford Green Gym - for working on the fence today

Robert and Shirley - for volunteering today

Thank you to everyone who came along to our 10th anniversary party

Jessica, Stephen, Will, Harriet - for working on the boat today.

Robert - for the well...

Robert again - for the circuit breaker and working on the well today

Robert - for his generosity with the fencing, and hard work today

Wallingford Green Gym - for their hard work today

Stephen, Gareth, and James - for continued work on the boat and water quality monitoring project

Neil, Maxine (and the South Chiltern's Catchment) - for an enjoyable afternoon

Richard and Robert - for their hard work today (and for getting the barn owl box up)

Paul, Peter, Bill, Elaine, and Sarah - for joining us on our regular moth trapping session

Peter - for the loan of the trail cameras (very much appreciated and very rewarding)

Mike, Bill, Richard and Robert - for all their help today

Richard, Robert, and Shirley - for all their hard work, help and advice

Isaac - for the computer fix, the generator fix, and help today fixing things

Robert and all the volunteers, (Fiona, Harriet, Michelle, Helen, Linda, Jo, Alan, Gill, Dick, Sarah, Will, Shirley, Jessica, Gareth, Stephen, James, John and Jack; for helping out today with hedging, burning, boating, brewing (tea) etc.

 

January 2014

Bill and Mike - for the lovely hedging work

Robert - for the cable ties and his continued hard work on the new fence

Richard and Robert - for chopping firewood and working on the new fence respectively

Jennifer and all at Wallingford Green Gym - for a wonderful work party and inviting us to their 'Christmas' lunch

Mike - for the pictures

Robert, Jessica, Stephen, Gareth, and Will - for their hard work today particularly the work on the boat and water monitoring.

John - for the donation of gate posts, tools, and yard bags

Robert and Richard - for working on the new fence

Bill and Mike - for felling the dead cherry

Richard and Linda - for volunteering today

Mike - for the bits and bobs

Robert, Richard and Shirley - for their hard work today

Peter and Friends - for the donations today and company at lunch

Tracey - for the Buddleia

Robert - for winder, spindle, and handle for the well

Elizabeth and Linda - for chopping down Laurel today

Elizabeth (again) - for the jam, marmalade and bricks!

Robert - for his hard work today on the new fence

Stephen - for his help today with water monitoring

Robert and Sonning Common Green Gym - for all their hard work today

Bill and Mike - for felling trees

Paul, Bill, and Elaine - for a very nice evening hunting moths

Robert, Lois, Sarah, Sarah, Will, and Stephen - for all their hard work today

Rodney - for the pallets

Withymead Nature Reserve

Withymead Nature Reserve and Little Meadow Nature Reserve are owned and managed by the Anne Carpmael Charitable Trust.

Britain's wildlife may seem wonderful, but it is also in decline.

State of Nature.pdf

We aim to boost local wildlife directly, with practical nature conservation efforts; and indirectly, by inspiring people to enjoy nature and join in our quest to save it.

We host two beautiful nature reserves; run a Wildlife Club for children; and put on events and training courses for the public.

An enthusiastic band of volunteers bring a diverse range of skills and experience to help us; carrying out practical works, such as tree felling, reed cutting, and working on the various structures around the reserve; helping with surveys and monitoring, water quality, species recording and so on.

Volunteers also help with administrative tasks, producing newsletters, helping on the web-site, and most importantly - fund-raising...

Contact us to become part of our team which can make a real difference for our natural heritage.

Withymead, known for its natural heritage, is also home to an important part of our industrial heritage (look to the 'History' page for the story...)

 

Wildlife Products available

Bits'n'Bobs Required

Bat and Owl box sponsorship

 

Withymead 2007

THE STUDY CENTRE

NOW OPEN 10:00am 'til 4:00pm Monday and Wednesday

The Study Centre is home to the Trust's educational programme providing space for the Wildlife Club, for 8-11yr old children, which meets every Wednesday at 6:30pm and is free to users. 

There is currently a waiting list to join the club.

The Centre also hosts Training Courses and Events throughout the year, is home for the Loddon Lily Open Days (when tea, coffee and cake can be bought), and is the home base for our regular 'Moth Nights'

There is now new access to the Study Centre off the Bridleway (constructed by Robert, one of our key volunteers).

Please note;-

Withymead is approached along a tranquil private track with beautiful views over the Thames, it is popular with walkers and horse riders.  There is a 5 mph restriction on the track for the safety of all users and to preserve that tranquility.

Visitors are requested to respect this - Thank You.

The Anne Carpmael Charitable trust is dependent on the generosity of Friends, Volunteers, and Visitors to the reserve - visitors to the web site can also help us:-