This page holds news items related to the Banbury Ornithological Society.

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The BOS conducted a survey of Yellowhammers in the first 2 weeks of July 2018 to determine their population abundance, distribution and breeding status. All members and the general public were invited to participate. Read more ...

Habitat Improvements at Bicester Wetland Reserve

In January 2019 the BOS received a grant from Thames Water and this enabled us to hire an 8 tonne excavator and driver for 3 full days of work on the reserve. Read more ...

Chairman’s Report 2018

The society exists to encourage and co-ordinate the scientific study of birds in the B.O.S. area and to ensure the welfare of birds within the framework of economic necessity.

We continue to work with and receive support from many organisations. Wildlife has benefitted this year because of our interaction with :- RSPB, the local Wildlife Trust, Cherwell District Council, Thames Water, BTO, The Neale Trust, Banbury Town Council, Oxfordshire County Council, TEVRC, T.O.E. and Warriner School Farm. This report outlines our activities. Read more ...

This report by the BOS reviews the population trends of Farmland and Woodland species in south central England compared to the whole of England for the 40 year period 1977 to 2016.  Read more ...

HS2

Construction work on HS2 Phase One is due to commence in 2018, with completion scheduled for 2026. HS2 crosses the BOS area from Brackley to Southam via Chipping Warden. Read more ...

State of Nature 2017

Inspired by the national State of Nature initiative led by the RSPB, Oxfordshire's State of Nature report has been two years in development and includes a marvelous compendium of facts, figures and case studies, contributed by numerous individuals and organisations across Oxfordshire, including the BOS. 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 ...

Many thanks to all who contributed to Oxfordshire County Council's consultation before the deadline on this important issue - Bicester Wetland Reserve has been saved from road development! Read more ...

Birds of the Heart of England

The product of annual surveys since 1952, this new book documents remarkable changes in the distribution of many birds through the use of clear colour maps, species accounts and a variety of illustrations. Read more ...

Members of the BOS get involved in various activities outside of our chosen study area. One of our members, Andy Turner, frequently travels to the refuse tips in Essex to join up with the North Thames Gull Group (NTGG). Read more ...

Steart Marshes  -  Tim McGrath,  Head of Working Wetland Landscapes at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Rising sea levels are putting the squeeze on our coasts, so WWT and the Environment Agency have created Steart Marshes, near Bridgwater – one of the UK’s largest new wetland reserves. 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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