BOS and COVID-19

Updated July 2021

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) continues to have a significant impact on our lives. The BOS has utmost concern for its members, landowners and the communities with which we interact. The committee continues to believe that all future "indoor” meetings should be held via Zoom until at least the end of 2021 i.e. there will be no physical meetings at the Cricket Club until such meetings are thought safe.  This decision will be reviewed at the end of the year.  The website and Newsletters will have instructions how to join the Zoom meetings each month.

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 regularly.

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 ...

Short Eared Owls - John Calladine, Senior Research Ecologist with the  BTO

Unusual amongst predatory birds, the numbers of breeding Short-eared Owls have declined markedly over recent decades.  The talk will describe recent attempts to better understand what has arguably been one of the least understood birds in Britain and explore how that information could be used to secure their future. Read more ...

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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