There are, inevitably, numerous other websites that may be of interest to our members. The following is just a selection, with an emphasis on those of local relevance. If you would like your site to be included – or if you know of any others that you think we might add – please contact us. And if you maintain a relevant website, do add us to your own links.
Local villages and organisations
The village website.
South Stoke village
Historically, Woodcote was an outlying part of South Stoke Parish. The South Stoke website includes local walks, and a link to a detailed history of the area, with much information about Woodcote and its buildings (www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63771).
Our other neighbouring village 'down the hill': an unspoilt corner of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Whitchurch-on-Thames Habitat Study Group(WoTHabs)
Our 'sister-group' in Whitchurch.There are environmental and conservation groups in many other villages in the area: their details can be found via the ONCF and County Council websites below.
A group of Wallingford residents committed to making the town more environmentally sustainable and reducing its ecological impact. Their website has many interesting links.
Local history museum; site also includes link to the Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society (TWHAS), which organises local projects and monthly talks.
Local nature reserves
Chalk grassland hillside at Gatehampton (for access carry straight on past Goring Station). Renowed for its orchids; delightful views of the Thames and the Berkshire downs.
Marshy woodland reserve at Tidmarsh (from Pangbourne direction, just before the bridge over the M4).
Woodland and marsh by the Thames between Goring and South Stoke (just upstream from the Leatherne Bottel and the Goring Sailing Club). Over a million Lodden Lilies bloom here in the spring; the site was an important boatyard in the early twentieth century.
Regional and county organisations
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
The Wildlife Trust for this region, which, amongst other things, manages several important local nature reserves.
Amenity and conservation society caring for the special qualities of the Chiltern Hills. Produces excellent footpath maps, which may be ordered online. (Woodcote is on map no. 16.)
Chilterns AONB Conservation Board
Information about the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in which Woodcote is situated.
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Contiguous - from the Thames westwards - with the Chilterns AONB.
'The network of community groups committed to improving the environment, maintaining biological and economic diversity and increasing the wider understanding of quality of life issues within Berkshire.'
Local food information for Berks, Bucks, and Oxon. Follow links for information on, amongst other things, local farmers' markets.
Oxfordshire County Council (OCC)
Provides three lists under ‘Community Groups: Countryside’, ‘Community Groups: Conservation’, and ‘Community Groups: Environment’. Lists can also be accessed by name (of organisation) or place.
This site also provides downloadadable guides to walks and rides in the county : www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/walksandrides
Oxfordshire Nature Conservation Forum (ONCF)
The umbrella organisation for environmental groups and activities in the county. Provides details of local groups, organises activities and meetings, and issues a very useful weekly email bulletin (subscription free via the website).
Reading and District Natural History Society
Organises events and activities, including regular talks in Pangbourne Village Hall, and field trips in our area.
Red Kites in the Chilterns
Lots of regularly updated information about the history and present status of the Chiltern kites, with photographs, details of their legal status, etc.
Oxford-based Christian environmental group.
South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group (SOAG)
Overlaps with many of the concerns and interests of local conservation groups, and is involved with some of the Woodcote Conservation Group’s activities.
Thames Valley Environmental Record Centre (TVERC)
Collects and collates information about plants, animals, wildlife habitats, and wildlife and geological sites in Berkshire and Oxfordshire 'to help people make sound decisions about our natural environment'.
The following are particularly relevant to our area:
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
Coordinates and organises practical environmental work both in the UK and abroad. Is running hedgerow courses as one of our WCG Projects.
Particularly active in the Chilterns, and has produced publications on local butterflies.
Based at Oxford Brookes University, and providing advice and information on ponds, including the National Ponds Database.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
The largest organisation of its kind in the world, and a main player in the Chilterns red kite reintroduction project.
List includes cycling routes in this area.
Field Studies Council
Produces an excellent range of fold-out guides on plants, creatures, and other aspects of the natural world. These can be ordered online or by post, and are not normally available in bookshops.