Indoor meetings are held on the second Monday of the month starting at 7.30pm, at The Banbury Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote OX15 4BN. View map

Directions to outdoor meetings and start times are pubished in the Newsletter and on this website.

Ecology and conservation of the Sociable Lapwing - Rob Sheldon

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 ...

The Spirit of Shackleton – South Georgia Wildlife  -  Graham Lenton

Graham Lenton has a PhD in Ecology and has lived and worked in Malawi, Sudan and Malaysia. He has published many articles and photographs on natural history in particular birds. He will be speaking on The Spirit of Shackleton, Wildlife of South Georgia. 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 ...

Much ado about Mothing  -  James Lowen

A year intoxicated by Britain’s rare and remarkable moths.
Moths are routinely slandered as all being clothes-munching, plant-destroying pests. Through his narration of an intoxicating, year-long quest to celebrate Britain’s rarest and most remarkable moths, award-winning author James Lowen challenges our preconceptions and resets our understanding. Read more ...

My Birding Patch - Alnmouth - the Northumberland coast in microcosm with Tom Cadwallender 

Having moved to the Alnmouth area in 1989 Tom has walked his patch for over 30 years.  During this talk we will look at the familiar, the scarce and sometimes the rare species of birds through the lens of diverse habitats and the seasons. Then a brief excursion to Coquet Island where we will look at some of the breeding seabirds including the Roseate Tern, a species which Tom has been studying and helping to conserve since 1991.  One thing is for sure the wonderful landscape and seascape of the Alnmouth area will feature quite heavily in this presentation. Read more ...

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 ...

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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