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Image courtesy of Simon Booker



The group relies on help from some very good people:

Simon Booker:

We are very fortunate that Simon Booker, the well-known Oxfordshire wildlife photographer, lives in the village.  He knows more than most about the wild fauna around South Stoke, rising early and patiently waiting for those elusive appearances.  His beautiful photography and his wildlife calendars are famous locally! We are very grateful to Simon for providing some of his wonderful photographs for this website. You can see, and purchase, a much wider variety of his wildlife and landscape images at















Erik Beaton:

We have a huge debt of gratitude to Erik for designing our logo and somehow ending up building much of the website!


A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Erik spent most of his working life as an Art Director in London advertising agencies, creating TV commercials, billboards and press ads, winning several international awards.  In addition, he's always done freelance illustration, photography, caricatures and graphic design.  Outside of work, he became involved in plays, musicals and pantomimes, and enjoyed creating set designs, projections and costumes, as well as acting, singing and dancing.  He lives in Scotland now and is still involved with his old drama group in England, but these days is more focused on writing and performing my own shows.


Naomi Hallam:

A former member of the group. Naomi joined the group to become more knowledgable about the local environment and to learn from like minded others what can be done to ensure this unique area is there, at its best, for future generations to enjoy. Naomi coordinated the projects and events for younger members of our community and still joins us for events.

Robbie Still, Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre, who provided us with invaluable advice about species recording and mapping, and provided records for the Parish.

Edel McGurk, Benson Nature Group, who provided timely advice and encouragement

Tom Harrison, expert Coleopterist who provided records of beetles and other insects in the parish

Chris Powles, Kirtlington Hedgehog Street Project

Martin Harvey, Biological Records Centre, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Tom August (aka "Batman"), UK Cenntre for Ecology & Hydrology

Roger Wyatt, local wildlife photographer

Bernard Novell, who provided advice on website specification and set up

Griff Phillips, who provided advice on website specification

Nick Pye, local copywriter and humourist, who came up with a list of creative names for the group, but despite that, we are SSWCG!

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