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. 

The report can be viewed and downloaded by selecting this link: The New Birds of the Banbury Area. Note that there is an 1 page addendum at the end of the report with details of species that were omitted from the Systematic List section due to a publishing issue.

The contents of the report include:

- Systematic List: a review of each species in the period 1982-1994

- Fieldwork undertaken by the BOS during the period

- Analysis of Random Square Surveys from 1975-1993

- Review of the Annual Breeding Season Survey results from 1962-1993

- Habitat changes in the decade, including the results of the BOS land use survey (Domesday Survey)

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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