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.
PLEASE READ – 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 get the system underway, we need to collect email addresses for all of our members who have one. Rest assured that these will be kept securely and 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.
The Church Stretton branch of the SOS, in conjunction with the National Trust (Cardingmill Valley & Shropshire Hills), is again offering an introductory and “improving skills” birding course in 2017-18. The course is run by Allan Heath, Dave Pearce and John Arnfield.
The course will meet twice a month from September 2017 to May 2018 (with a break for most of December and January), on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings. In each month, a classroom session using a dual-screen presentation will introduce the birds expected in different environments and/or seasons. This is followed by an outdoor trip on a following Sunday morning, during which participants will put into practice the identification tips learned previously.
If you are aware of anyone who would be interested in this course, please forward this information to them.
Additional details (including procedures for signing up) are available on the course website at
or by contacting John at firstname.lastname@example.org or (01694) 724 170.
Forthcoming book on the ornithological work of William E Beckwith. John and Peter Tucker are currently working on producing a collection of the complete publications of Beckwith on the birds of Shropshire for the period 1867-93, with a scheduled publication date of November of this year. Further information on the volume is available at this link. If you would be interested in acquiring this volume, John would appreciate hearing from you – email him here.
Colour-ringed Curlew Sightings Required. For more information, select this link.
VERY URGENT: Vacant Appointments – do your bit for your Society!
- The Society has a remit to ensure that there is a programme of indoor speakers and a series of field trips throughout year. These have traditionally been carried out by the Indoor Programme Secretary and the Excursion Secretary, respectively. The roles include being members of the Development & Publicity Sub-Committee (D&PSC).
- Jean Rickard has done an excellent job over the last seven years as Indoor Programme Secretary in organising the annual speakers’ programme and being on hand at each indoor meeting to meet the speakers and sort out any problems. She has now taken on the role of Society Treasurer and being a member of the Management Committee. As such she needs to hand the role over to someone else, having completed a full programme for 2017.
- The role of Excursion Secretary has been open for nearly 10 years, so the D&PSC have carried out the role of organising the Field Trip programme in the interim. This is a responsible position but is not onerous, and could be shared. It is also enjoyable in many ways, since it involves passing on birding knowledge to members and, hopefully, to the younger generation.
- It would be of great benefit to the society and its members if there were people within the Society who would enjoy filling these roles. If anyone is interested please get in contact with Sue Brealey or any other Management Committee member to discuss what is involved. [Sue Brealey]
Trips & Meetings
Shropshire Birds & Birding
Bird Research & Recording