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.

Aims:

  • to observe and record as many species as possible in each 10km square;
  • to cover the range of habitats in each 10km square;
  • to develop a good understanding of the status of species in the BOS area in winter.

 

To add spice to this useful count, each square is handicapped according to its results from the previous five years. The team achieving the best score over its par for the day receives a small perpetual trophy to hold for one year.

Following the count, a call-over meeting is usually held a few days later to discuss the findings and judge the winner of the trophy.  The date and venue are decided nearer the time and should be publicised on the News page.

 

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 ...

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