As I went, I was looking for exuviae, as these are said to be easier to locate early in season than the adults. I was surprised to almost immediately find two - on the top of a low wooden post by the waters edge. Thereafter I found three more at two different locations before I reached the bridge itself. All were on man made structures - either wooden posts or walls that go down into the water.
They seemed to be easier to find than I had feared.
At Goring Railway bridge itself I found someone else on a similar quest! He had found six exuviae along the wall under the bridge.
So a successful start to the Clubtail count with records of exuviae from three different 1km squares - SU59080, SU5979 & SU6079.
If this inspires you to join in the count, I'm sure it isn't too late - just get in touch with the BDS organisers ASAP.
Even if you are not participating in the survey, if you find any Clubtails or their exuviae in Oxon, please let me know and I will add to my dedicated page on my website.