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Shropshire Ornithological Society

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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

Venus Pool – WestMidsAllDayer. 5th September – ‘Bird Race’ participants at Venus Pool score 89 species WITH NO ACCESS TO THE HIDES! See the list here. For more detail, see Jim Almond’s blog.

COVID-19 Pandemic News

  • NEW CANCELLATIONS!
    • The SOS indoor meetings for 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.
    • PLEASE VISIT THIS WEBSITE OFTEN FOR NEWS OF MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR LATER IN THE YEAR.
  • VENUS POOL NEWS
    Updated 27 July 2020
    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, include but are not limited to:
  • 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, and
  • We are unable to ensure that social distancing and the wearing of face masks is taking place.

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.
  • CURLEW PROJECT POSTPONED. For information, follow this link.

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.

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.]

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.


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The SOS party on the Cairngorm summit (Jim Almond)

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