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.
45 Years of British Birds Available to a Good Home. A collection of the journal British Birds is available to anyone who can give them a good home. The series runs from 1977 to 2020. The first two years are bound and the remainder are boxed and are in ‘as new’ condition. If you are interested in this valuable set of magazines, please contact Pete Deans (email) or Pam Swales (email or by phone at 01952 248 749). The collection cannot be broken up and it will be the recipient’s responsibility to pick up and transport the volumes. The owner has suggested a donation to SOS funds in exchange for the set.
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.
♦ ONLINE SOS MEETINGS.
Starting in the New Year, as many of the main society monthly meetings as possible will be held online using Zoom. The first of these was held in early January. You will receive an invitation if your email address in the membership database is correct.
The next online meeting will be on Wednesday, 3rd March 2021 at 7:15 pm, when Paul Hobson will present an illustrated talk on “A wildlife photographers year in lockdown, the trials and tribulations”. Please note that this is a change of programme from the original announcement.
Members who normally attend the Church Stretton branch meetings are, of course, very welcome to participate in these Zoom sessions.
We hope to see you online!
♦ FIELD TRIPS
Bearing in mind Government guidelines regarding COVID-19, we are provisionally cancelling all field trips for the rest of 2021. However, we are constantly monitoring official advice and it is conceivable that some of these trips may be reinstated if conditions permit, especially after July. Please monitor the field trip web page for the latest information.
♦ VENUS POOL NEWS.
The car park and paths around the arable field and over the causeway will remain open during the third lockdown, with the hides staying closed. Visitors should observe government regulations on outdoor recreation and exercise, local travel, and social distancing when meeting others.
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.
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