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.

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Breaking News

COVID-19 Pandemic News

    • The weekend in East Yorkshire, scheduled for 3rd – 6th September, has been cancelled because of the lack of information on how such events can meet social distancing regulations. News on other field trips in 2020 will be announced later.
    • The SOS indoor meetings for 2nd September 2020, 7th October, 4th November and 2nd December have been cancelled owing to limitations relating to use of Bayston Hill Memorial Hall. It is hoped that the speakers and topics can be postponed to next year. All being well, we will meet next in January 2021.
    Over the last couple of weeks, having carefully considered the Government’s advice and recommendations, we have been preparing for the safe re-opening of Venus Pool. We are now very pleased to say that we are safely able to reopen the car park and arable field from Saturday, 13 June.
    For reasons of safety, however, we are unable to reopen the hides, or the access routes to the hides, and these will remain closed, and the hides locked, for the moment, but this will remain under constant review; this will mean that there will be only limited, long-range views of the pool itself. The road down to the disabled car park will be closed off at the main car park. As is the normal situation, there is no access to the meadows, dogs are not permitted on the Reserve and please take your litter home.
    We ask you to please respect the safety of both yourselves and other users and adhere to notices indicating where areas are closed and follow the Government advice on social distancing etc. If the car park is full or overcrowded, please leave and return later when it is quieter and do not park in the narrow lanes or in front of gates, which may be required at any time. We trust all visitors to be sensible and please help to guide others if you feel that this is appropriate or necessary. We hope that VP can be returned to its normal state when circumstances permit but, unfortunately, if the situation changes for the worse we may have to close the Reserve again. In the meantime, please monitor this website for announcements and advisories on the status of the reserve.
  • WALL FARM HIDE CLOSED! Please do not visit this site until the health emergency is over.
  • PUBLICATION OF THE BUZZARD. You will recall that the Summer issue of The Buzzard was not published due to logistical problems associated with the distribution. However, a “bumper” issue of the Autumn issue is under preparation and will be with you soon.
  • CURLEW PROJECT POSTPONED. For information, follow this link.

In Memorium Sue Williams. It is with great sadness, that the Society must announce the sudden death of Sue Williams on Friday, 31st July 2020. She was belatedly diagnosed with cancer and died soon after admission to hospital. A long term member, she attended mainly the indoor meetings, some field trips and also the weekend trips. She was also an enthusiastic rambler. Pat Duff kindly represented the Society at her funeral.

SOS ‘Save Our Curlews” Appeal – SOS is sponsoring an appeal to raise funds for conservation-related research into the status of this species. Shropshire plays a significant role in the conservation of Curlews in the UK. We need your help. To assist, go to our “Save Our Curlews” link. Thank you. See above for information on the impact of COVID-19 on this project.


PLEASE HELP! URGENT! Can you help the SOS? We are in need of an independent examiner to inspect and validate our financial records. An independent examiner is defined in law as ‘an independent person who is reasonably believed by the charity trustees to have the requisite ability and practical experience to carry out a competent examination of the accounts’. No specific qualification is required. Independent examiners come from a wide range of backgrounds: accountants, bankers, experienced charity treasurers, persons in business etc. If we are unable to find a volunteer for this position (which involves responsibilities only once a year), we will have to employ a professional, which could cost the Society upwards of £1000, money far better spent on bird conservation and other Society activities. If you can help, please contact Brian Andrews (bafca@yahoo.co.uk) as soon as possible (as this is quite urgent).

The Birds of Shropshire – GET YOURS NOW!

The Birds of Shropshire provides the most comprehensive record of the County’s avifauna ever published. Produced by SOS, the book is partly based on the results of six years fieldwork by over 650 different observers who submitted over 333,400 records. These records have been used to produce maps showing the distribution of almost 200 different species. Stunning images of 220 species have been contributed by 21 local photographers. The book is available from bookstores or directly from Liverpool University Press.

British Birds, has published a review of Birds of Shropshire here. [For your information, British Birds is a monthly journal for all keen birdwatchers, founded in 1907. It publishes articles on a wide variety of topics relating to birds, including behaviour, conservation, distribution, identification, status and taxonomy. Contributors include both professional and amateur ornithologists, and content is always abreast of current ideas and thinking, yet written in a clear and simple style which is easy to interpret. You can subscribe to their e-newsletter here.]


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The SOS party on the Cairngorm summit (Jim Almond)

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