The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) is part of Natural Environment Research Council and has four sites in the UK. We will visit the Wallingford one where we will hear about research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, their interaction with the atmosphere and what it means for the human race and other living creatures.
For example, they have been monitoring the flow of the River Thames since1883, and its quality, and predicting the effect of changes on drinking water and biodiversity. They have recently (January) published a study on the changes in ladybird populations. We may hear about these.
OX10 8BB www.ceh.ac.uk
The Didcot Railway Centre is centred on the GWR Engine sheds where there is a large selection of locomotives, vintage coaches and other items. We will be told about the history of the Great Western Railway see the restored locos and signal boxes and look at a section of Brunel’s broad gage track. This is a private visit (regrettably a non-steam day) and our guide will take us over the site.
OX11 7JN www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
Cost £27 lunch included
Meet at CEH for coffee and refreshments.
10.30 ― 11.00 Assemble at CEH, Wallingford
11.00 ― 13.00 Talk and tour of site
13.00 ― 13.30 Drive to Didcot station
13.30 ― 14.00 Lunch
14.00 ― 16.30 Talk and tours
Lunch will be in the cafe at the Railway Centre.
We will pre-order so that the food can be served quickly. See the Menu and choose on the application form. Vegetarians please contact me. They are licensed. I have to inform them a week in advance, ie 20 September.
16.30 Tea and depart