About our Society

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). As well as Banbury, we cover Bicester, Brackley, Byfield, Chipping Norton, Kineton, Hook Norton, Bartons, Tysoes and locations in between. Fieldwork and bird watching 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 sixty-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 Tufted Duck © Trevor Easterbrook

The BOS is conducting a survey of Yellowhammers in the first 2 weeks of July 2018 to determine their population abundance, distribution and breeding status. All members and the general public are invited to participate. Read more ...

Bicester Wetland Reserve

Outdoor meetings start at 7pm so we can have as much daylight as possible. Please car share where possible as parking is sometimes a problem.  Rain does not deter us from our outdoor meetings.  It’s a great opportunity to meet other members and hopefully see a few birds.

The postcode for the Thames Water Site is OX25 2NY; the entrance to the reserve is immediately past the EXIT of the Bicester Avenue Retail Park/Garden Centre on the edge of Bicester just off the A41. Drive through the open gates of the Thames Water site for around 300 m and park on the left by the tower hide. Read more ...

A survey where observers are each given a randomly selected 1km square and record all species and numbers of each for a minimum period of 2 hours between 9am and noon. Read more ...

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