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

The New Birds of the Banbury Area by T.G. Easterbrook is the fourth decennial (10 year) report by the BOS, covering the years 1982-1994. The report includes the full list of bird species seen in the BOS survey area up to 1994. The report features coloured charts of species distribution, abundance and habitat usage, generated from the computerised records that started back in 1976. This was a significant technical achievement at this time by a small society and shows the benefits of the digital management of bird records.  Read more ...

Birds of the Banbury Area by T.G. Easterbrook is the third decennial (10 year) report by the BOS, covering the years 1972-1981. The report includes the full list of bird species seen in the BOS survey area up to 1981, along with a detailed listing of sightings within the report period. During this period records started to be recorded using 1km OS grid references via a record card system. This period also saw the introduction of the use of a micro-computer (PC) for information storage, something that was significantly ahead of its time and almost unheard of in the birding community. Read more ...

A Study of Birds in the South Midlands by A. Brownett (1974), is the second ten year report by the BOS covering the period 1962-1971. The report includes the full list of bird species seen in the BOS survey area along with a detailed listing of sightings within the report period. A summary of the breeding season surveys is presented, providing the results of the 13 species that were surveyed. Read more ...

The Birds of the Banbury Area (1967 revised edition) by Glyn Davies, is the first ten-year report by the BOS covering the period 1952-1961, with revisions to include information for the next 5 years, 1962-66. The report includes an annotated list of bird species seen in the BOS survey area along with sightings during 1952-61. There is an additional section covering records of uncommon species over the period 1962-66. There is a table listing all the recorded sightings of uncommon species over the period 1830-1961, based on published reports. Read more ...

This new paper, published on World Curlew Day on 21 April 2022, describes the current and historical status of the Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata in an area of 1200 square kilometres centred on Banbury.   Click here to link to the paper Read more ...

Bicester Wetland Reserve


Directions for Bicester Wetland Reserve: the entrance to the reserve is immediately after the EXIT from Bicester Avenue Garden Centre postcode OX25 2NY. (What3words: hopes.jumpy.walks). Turn into the open gates (A large blue and white "Thames Water" sign is just to right of the gates).  Drive along entrance road for approx. 300m and park on the left by the tower hide. Read more ...

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