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.
SOS ‘Save Our Curlews” Appeal. SOS is sponsoring an appeal to raise funds for conservation-related research into the status of Curlew. Shropshire plays a significant role in the conservation of this species in the UK. The project was launched in February 2020 but, unfortunately, work was postponed because of coronavirus restrictions, although observers continued to report. Regrettably, these data suggest that failure of chicks to fledge remains a major cause of the decline. The project will begin again in spring 2021. Most of the money required has been raised from SOS itself, donations from the Appeal in the February Buzzard, and from grants, all of which will be carried forward into 2021, but we still need to raise a few thousand pounds more to do all that we would like to. We need your help. To assist, download a donation form to print and contribute. For more information on the project, follow this link. Thank you
COVID-19 Pandemic News
♦ PLEASE VISIT THIS WEBSITE OFTEN FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON COVID-19 IMPACTS ON SOS ACTIVITIES. THIS IS THE OFFICIAL SOURCE OF INFORMATION ON THE SOS’S RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC.
♦ CANCELLATIONS. The remaining field trips for 2020 and the indoor meeting for 2nd December have been cancelled
♦ VENUS POOL NEWS. The car park and paths around the arable field and over the causeway will remain open during the November 5th – December 2nd lockdown, with the hides staying closed. Visitors should observe government regulations on outdoor recreation and exercise, local travel, and meeting others.
Having carefully considered the Government’s advice and recommendations, we were very pleased to be 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. Our reasons for keeping the hides closed for now, largely stem from the volunteer nature of the enterprise and include (but are not limited) to the following:
=> We lack the resources to regularly clean the hides to reduce the chances of Covid-19 transmission.
=> We lack the resources to provide and manage a booking system to ensure that visitors to the hides would be able to socially distance and enjoy a visit that is fair to all.
=> We are unable to ensure that social distancing and the wearing of face masks is taking place.
This means 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 guidelines. 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, access along 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.
♦ WALL FARM HIDE CLOSED! While not an SOS site, we have been asked to announce that it is closed until the health emergency is over.
SAVE YOUR SOCIETY PRINTING COSTS, VOLUNTEER TIME AND POSTAGE & PACKAGING – GET YOUR COPY OF ‘THE BUZZARD’ ONLINE. Further information on this option is available HERE.
Trips & Meetings
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