ANHSO Botany Loop outing with Camilla Lambrick

Dry Sandford Pit, Cothill, near Oxford

Wednesday 30th August 2017. Time: meet at 1.30 for a 1.45 start.

Ashmolean Natural History Society (ANHSO) Mid-Week Botany Loop crew field outing this time with a special focus on botanical recording advice and training with Camilla Lambrick as guest leader.

Local expert botanist Camilla has kindly agreed to lead another meeting for the ANHSO Mid-week Botany Loop group: another outing doing more "proper" recording at the Dry Sandford Pit reserve: this time, up on the grasslands area of the reserve.

We now know that a tetrad is a fixed geographical block of land measuring 1km per side (ie 4 square kms) within which we survey. No, we don't have to do the whole thing in one go.  Each tetrad has a number, and is sub-divided into four monads, each 1 sq km (still too much to survey in one go!) and these tetrads are used as references, to "place" the records.

Beginners/improvers are warmly welcomed, and we also always appreciate a couple of more knowledgeable folks, to keep us on track... It's a great opportunity to learn with Camilla and from others in the group.

Place: Dry Sandford Pit: meet in the small car park here:,-1.3261405/@51.6943298,-1.3308078,16z/data=!3m1!4b1


If entering the village of Cothill from the Boars Hill side, the car park is on the left almost immediately after you pass the village name sign.

If approaching from Oxford via the A420, Besselsleigh Road and round the back of Dry Sandford village via Lashford Lane/Church Lane, you turn right into the village and the car park is on the left, almost immediately.

If approaching from Abingdon/Frilford/Wantage side, you go round the hellishly sharp blind bend past the pub (ignoring the tempting big car park on the left) then turn right into the reserve almost as you leave the village.

Stout footwear is always a good idea: bring hand lenses and the usual reference books.

If you're planning to attend please confirm with Rachel (Email:  so that if the group have to cancel for bad weather, she can text and let you know.

To sign up for general Loop updates: 

Anyone can join the list: just email Geoff Moxon, Ashmolean Natural History Society (ANHSO) Field Secretary, and ask to be added to the Botany Loop list. "Reply" to the Loop announcement, and ask to be added - it's that simple! Email:

Anyone can create an outing, an event, a training course, a lecture: anything of interest to Botanists in and around Oxford. They send the details to Geoff and he circulates them to the Loop. Many of the Loop outings are at the weekend, and Rachel formed a sort of 'splinter group' called the Midweek Botany Crew for those of that are self-employed, part-time or  retired, and who find that they have other things to do at weekends. 


Posted: August 25, 2017