The BOS produce a variety of publications based on our survey work. These include our newsletters, annual and 10 year reports.

The BOS has published annual reports since 1966. Each report summarises the activities of the society over the year and a review of the bird sightings. Read more ...

The BOS has produced a monthly newsletter since Jan 1956. Recent newsletters are available to download for each year from the files below. The newsletters have been compiled into an annual report with an index at the beginning so you can quickly locate the newsletter for each month. Read more ...

Bird Trends in the Heart of England 1977-2016

This BOS report reviews the population trends of Farmland and Woodland species in south central England compared to the whole of England for the 40 year period 1977 to 2016. Read more ...

The BOS gave a short presentation at the TVERC 2018 Spring Recorder Conference on the state of farmland birds in the BOS. You can view the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation by clicking here: Farmland Birds in the Heart of England 2018.

Birds of the Heart of England

The product of annual surveys since 1952, this book documents remarkable changes in the distribution of many birds through the use of clear colour maps, species accounts and a variety of illustrations. Read more ...

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The BOS Ten Year reports summarise the bird sightings and activities of the society in each ten year period since the society's foundation in 1952. No reports were produced for the periods 1995-2001 or 2002-2011, but this period is covered in the 60-year report Birds of the Heart of England

Prior to the foundation of the BOS, bird recording in the local area was carried out by individual naturalists. A key figure is O.V. Aplin, who, in conjunction with family members, compiled the first systematic list of birds of the area now covered by the BOS. Key historic publications used by the BOS are listed here. These publications are still important since they provide evidence on the abundance and distribution of species at that time. We can use this information to help understand the changes in the populations of the species within our area.

Updated 26th March 2020

Due to the current Covid 19 outbreak, the BOS has cancelled the April and May indoor meetings. If the current travel & social distancing restrictions remain in place or increase, we will also have to cancel the outdoor meetings scheduled for June through August. Read more ...

This meeting has been postponed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. We will reschedule this meeting when social gathering restrictions have been lifted.

Ecology and conservation of the Sociable Lapwing. -  Rob Sheldon

Please note this is 1 week earlier than usual because of Easter

The Sociable Lapwing has suffered huge declines in range and population and is now listed as critically endangered.  RSPB is working with a number of partners on the breeding grounds in Kazakhstan and on the migration routes and wintering areas in the Middle East and Africa to work out why this enigmatic and beautiful species has declined. Read more ...

COVID-19 Update 25th March 2020: This survey will not go ahead this year due to government travel restrictions.

A survey of breeding birds, conducted using 3 visits over 3 months to a random 1km square. Read more ...

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