The BOS has a proud history of fieldwork and the resulting database is extremely well respected in the bird world.  Monitoring bird species is important in providing an indication of the state of the local environment.  The BOS has a number of on-going surveys and the more members who are involved the more comprehensive is the understanding of the bird life in our area.  New birders need not find fieldwork daunting as there are always experienced fieldworkers who are willing to explain and teach new skills.  

The area around Banbury that is covered by the BOS is divided into twelve 10km squares - BOS area map. If you feel you would like more information on surveys or would like to learn a bit more about the species and habitats in the square in which you live, or regularly visit, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Committee who will provide you with the appropriate contact information.  First, please read the BOS Guide to Observers (updated Jan 2017) which will tell you a lot of the information you need to know.  Then the Guide for Entering Records  which explains how to use the Microsoft Excel workbook on which you will record your sightings and email them to the BOS Bird Recorder.

These documents are to be used along with the following files which you can download by clicking on their name:

1.  Either “BOS New Records Input 2017” – the Microsoft Excel workbook that is used for recording sightings
2.  or   “BOS New Records Input 2017 for Excel 2003” – a version of the Microsoft Excel workbook for users who have an older version of Microsoft Excel (2003 or earlier). This version should only be used if 1 above will not open in your version of Excel.
3.   “Species Acceptance Form” – A Microsoft Word document that should be used for sending in details of sightings of birds that are flagged as requiring full identification.

There are two maps which will help you locate the places where you found your birds and also where the BOS recommended sites are located:

A) “BOS Area with Parishes” – a PDF document with a detailed map of the BOS area along with the names and boundaries of all of the parishes.
B) “BOS Sites” – a PDF document with a detailed map of the BOS area showing the location of the sites mentioned in the Guide to Observers and within the Excel programs. Note that the sites are only shown with a location accuracy of 1km – please speak to one of the BOS committee if you need to find out further details about the exact location. 

This may sound rather complicated, but you do not need to be an experienced bird watcher to start helping with this valuable work - it is fun learning new skills.  You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you will be directly contributing to our records which are used to support conservation initiatives as well as furthering information about the distribution and abundance of birds in the BOS area.  This, in turn, contributes to the national picture too.  

 

Our annual winter count, carried out by teams of observers in each of the twelve 10km square, to record the number of bird species seen between 8am and 4pm. Read more ...

A survey where observers are each given a randomly selected 1km square and record species and numbers for a minimum period of 2 hours between 9am and noon. Read more ...

The Long Day Count is carried out by teams of observers in each of the twelve 10km squares recording the number of bird species seen during a maximum of 12 daylight hours on the second Sunday in May each year.   Read more ...

A survey where observers are each given a randomly selected 1km square and record species and numbers for a minimum period of 2 hours between 9am and noon. Read more ...

We need your help to find Swifts and their traditional nest sites in Anglican churches.  50 years ago most of our local parish churches had nesting Swifts.  Chris Mason brings us up-to-date  . . . Read more ...

(Please note the earlier time to maximise daylight.)

Neal Trust Reserve Warden Phil Douthwaite will guide us round the newest, BOS-manged
Nature Reserve Read more ...

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