This book, published by Oliver V. Aplin in 1889, presents the first definitive list of the birds of Oxfordshire. Aplin was a resident of Bloxham, just outside of Banbury, so there is a significant amount of content relating to the BOS coverage area.The bulk of the book is given over to a species-by-species account of all of the birds that were regarded has having occured within the county along with their current status.

The frontspiece is notable for giving pride of place to an Alpine Chough, shot in the locality, but much disputed, even at that time, as not being a wild bird but rather more likely being an escape.

There are 242 species listed, of which 60 are classified as resident and 71 migrants, the rest being occasional or accidental visitors. 92 species are noted as being regular breeders.

A digital copy of the book can be downloaded and read from this link: The Birds of Oxfordshire.

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 ...

Adventures in Peru - Alan Peters

In his illustrated talk Alan will describe a trip taken in November 2019 visiting a range of wonderful habitats from the Pantanos de Villa marshes south of Lima to see Great Grebe, Cinnamon Teal, Black Skimmer and many other species amongst 1000’s of Franklin’s Gulls while squadrons of Peruvian Pelicans patrolled just offshore. Going out in a fishing boat to circle an uninhabited island to get up close and personal with Neotropic, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants and a small numbers Humboldt Penguins. 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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