Shropshire Ornithological Society

Registered Charity No: 514487

Welcome to the website of the Shropshire Ornithological Society (SOS). In these pages you will find information about the objectives, activities and work of the SOS. Just select the links on the menu above or in the listing below.

If you find any errors or have material for inclusion on the site, please contact the web manager.

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Breaking News

Field Trip. The Society is organising a coach trip to RSPB Dearne Valley – Old Moor, near Barnsley, on Sunday, 24th March 2019. The coach will be leaving the Shirehall Bus Stop at 7.45am promptly. The coach will cost £15.00 per person, in cash please. This event is open to anybody interested in bird watching, whether they are a member of the Society, or members of the general public. Anybody interested in this bird watching event can book by getting in contact with Sue Brealey by either of the following means: email: fieldstrips@shropshirebirds.co.uk: tel: 01939 262450

AUCTION – enter your bid to purchase a copy of the ‘Journal of Field Ornithology, Volume II, 1888–1911’. This is a limited edition volume containing the bird observations for Shropshire of Chales Gawen, from the late nineteenth/early twentieth century. For more information and for instructions on making a bid, click here.

Proposed Field Trip Holiday to Europe. Would you be interested in a proposed trip to Europe, in 2020, which would be organised using the facilities of Naturetrek (See www.naturetrek.com)? The trip would be based on the usual terms and conditions used by Naturetrek, in that the trip‘s costs would include all flights, accommodation, food, transport and the services of a guide. The costs could be between about £1500 to £1800 depending on the country visited and up to £200 for single room supplement. Participants would need to pay for their own personal items, drinks, tips etc., and would need to have current travel insurance. The minimum number required is 6 with a maximum of 12 to 16 depending on where the destination is. Flights would probably be from those nearest to the county. So far, 7 people have shown an interest in this proposal. If anyone else is interested or would like to know any other details, do let Sue Brealey know. Sue Brealey (fieldtrips@shropshirebirds.co.uk, 01939 262450)

Observers Needed for WEBS Survey in Shropshire. If you want more information on this survey and/or would like to volunteer to take on reports for a local water body, please click THIS link for a detailed outline.

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS. The SOS is joining many similar organisations in moving to electronic delivery of its quarterly magazine, The Buzzard. Most members now have access to the Web and will be able to download and save the “e-Buzzard” on their own desktop or laptop computers, tablets or even smartphones. Electronic delivery will be introduced gradually, and it is intended that this will become the standard method of delivery in the future.

To facilitate this, we need to collect email addresses for all of our members who have one. Rest assured that these will be kept securely, will be used for SOS business only and never released to anyone else.

Further information on this issue, plus an easy-to-use form to submit your email address, is available HERE.

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The Society

The SOS party on the Cairngorm summit (Jim Almond)

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