Founded in 1952, the Banbury Ornithological Society (BOS) studies the bird life in the twelve 10km squares surrounding Banbury which includes parts of Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire (see BOS area map).  Fieldwork is the core of BOS activity but the Society also holds regular monthly meetings, publishes a monthly Newsletter and Annual Reports, manages seven bird reserves and is pro-active in local conservation matters.  Guest speakers are invited to our scheduled indoor meetings and several outdoor meetings are arranged in the summer months.  Overviews of local study data are presented in both visual and written formats published in the Newsletters and collated in the Annual Reports.

The Society liaises closely with organisations such as the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), supporting and promoting relevant study activities. During its fifty-year existence, a vast amount of bird-related data has been collected by Society members. Much of this is stored on computer and amongst other things has been used to safeguard important bird areas where development has been mooted. The foresight of the early members has meant that the Society is now well placed to offer significant contributions to the study of birds in our area and beyond and to the understanding of our ever-changing environment.


Chaffinch at Balscote © Derek Hales Glossy Ibis at Bicester Garden Centre © Derek Woodward Yellowhammer at Balscote © Richard Dunn

Grimsbury Reservoir (owned by Thames Water) and the surrounding area including Spiceball Park and stretching up to the new flood defences north of the M40, is one of Oxfordshire's best places to see birds. It's remarkable that we have such a gem so close to town, where well over 100 bird species were recorded in 2014. Read more...

Urban Peregrines    Ed Drewitt

Ed Drewitt is a freelance naturalist and broadcaster, enabling others to discover more about the natural world. Alongside his work, for 16 years Ed has been studying urban peregrines, in particular their diet and movements. Read more...

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