BOS and COVID-19

Updated 1st June 2020

The spread of Covid-19 is having a significant impact on our lives and is likely to continue to do so over the coming months. The BOS has utmost concern for its members, landowners and communities with which we interact.  Following the current government guidelines, it is with regret that the BOS outdoor meetings in June, July and August are cancelled. 

Please adhere to all Government restrictions and advice regarding travel and social gatherings. While bird watching is permissible and even beneficial for mental and physical health, please be sensitive to the feelings of landowners and your impact on local communities. Please help foster good relationships with local communities for the future. Please continue to submit your records even if just from your garden.

We urge you to check the latest government guidelines.

Stay safe and keep well.

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.

If you would like to join, please come along to one of our meetings or contact our membership secretary: Membership.

 

Chaffinch at Balscote © Derek Hales Glossy Ibis at Bicester Garden Centre © Derek Woodward Yellowhammer at Balscote © Richard Dunn Tufted Duck © Trevor Easterbrook

In March 2020 the BTO launched their Chaffinch Appeal to raise funds to help them research why the UK population of Chaffinch is undergoing a significant decline. Read more ...

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings this meeting has been cancelled.

 

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

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