The BOS Study Area

The Banbury Ornithological Society recording area comprises the twelve 10km squares surrounding Banbury. A more detailed map can be downloaded by clicking this link: BOS Area with Parishes.

BOS Area Overview

The BOS recommended bird watching sites are shown (approximately) on this map: BOS Sites. The names of the sites are listed in the Guide to Observers which can be found on this page: Monthly Records.

In March 2020 the BTO launched their Chaffinch Appeal to raise funds to help them research why the UK population of Chaffinch is undergoing a significant decline. Read more ...

Bars and Spots - Mixed Fortunes of our Woodpeckers - Ken Smith

Ken Smith is a former research scientist with RSPB and has been studying woodpeckers for over 30 years but has always been heavily involved with local birding and recording through the Herts Bird Club, bird ringing and the BTO. Read more ...

Depending upon Covid-19 restrictions nearer the time this year's count may have to be posponed until restrictions have been lifted.  Please note further guidance will appear here and in the Newsletters nearer the time.

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 ...

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