BOS and COVID-19

Updated 26th March 2020

Due to the current Covid 19 outbreak, the BOS has cancelled the next two indoor meetings (APRIL and MAY). We hope to reschedule these talks in the future. If the current travel and social distancing restrictions remain in place or increase, we will also have to cancel the outdoor meetings scheduled for June through August.

Please adhere to all Government restrictions and advice on non-essential travel and leaving your home. We ask everyone who is in one of the high-risk categories to take extra precautions. We do understand that with the current restrictions, having open access to nature can be hugely beneficial in helping our wellbeing in these unprecedented times. Please keep your bird records coming in, even if it is just from your garden or from your daily exercise.

All fieldwork (surveys) is currently suspended due to the current travel restrictions.

Please do not leave your home to travel to any BOS reserve.

We urge you to check the latest government guidance. We know that the coming weeks are going to be extremely difficult for all of us. We hope you can stay positive and still birdwatch from your local area.

Stay safe and keep well.

About our Society

Founded in 1952, the Banbury Ornithological Society (BOS) studies the bird life in the twelve 10km squares surrounding Banbury which includes parts of Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire (see BOS area map). As well as Banbury, we cover Bicester, Brackley, Byfield, Chipping Norton, Kineton, Hook Norton, Bartons, Tysoes and locations in between. Fieldwork and bird watching is the core of BOS activity but the Society also holds regular monthly meetings, publishes a monthly Newsletter and Annual Reports, manages seven bird reserves and is pro-active in local conservation matters.  Guest speakers are invited to our scheduled indoor meetings and several outdoor meetings are arranged in the summer months.  Overviews of local study data are presented in both visual and written formats published in the Newsletters and collated in the Annual Reports.

The Society liaises closely with organisations such as the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), supporting and promoting relevant study activities. During its sixty-year existence, a vast amount of bird-related data has been collected by Society members. Much of this is stored on computer and amongst other things has been used to safeguard important bird areas where development has been mooted. The foresight of the early members has meant that the Society is now well placed to offer significant contributions to the study of birds in our area and beyond and to the understanding of our ever-changing environment.

If you would like to join, please come along to one of our meetings or contact our membership secretary: Membership.

 

Chaffinch at Balscote © Derek Hales Glossy Ibis at Bicester Garden Centre © Derek Woodward Yellowhammer at Balscote © Richard Dunn Tufted Duck © Trevor Easterbrook

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 ...

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions this meeting may need to be cancelled. Please check nearer the time to see if this meeting will be going ahead and where it will occur.

Details of the venue will be published here and in the Newsletter nearer the time. Read more ...

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

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