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.
Vacancy – Position of SOS Chair – Additional Information
As you were informed a few weeks ago, John Arnfield will be standing down as SOS Chair at the forthcoming AGM in April. Hence, we are seeking a new person to be elected to the post. If you would be interested in this opportunity, please contact (in writing) SOS Secretary Mim Elliot-Smith (email@example.com) by noon, Friday 24th March, 2023, with your name and contact details, along with the same information for two other SOS members willing to nominate you. Self-nominations are acceptable. John would be happy to try to answer any questions you may have about the position at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or 01694 724 170. For your information, the “job description” for the position of Chair is appended below. Note the duties are far from onerous!
JOB DESCRIPTION for CHAIR, SHROPSHIRE ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY (SOS)
The position of Chair of the SOS involves the following activities.
- Chairing quarterly meetings of the Board of the SOS.
- Chairing Annual General Meetings of the SOS and SOS 2005, including presenting the Chair’s Report.
- Participating in SOS indoor meetings.
- Representing the Society in meetings and negotiations with other organisations and at relevant events.
- Monitoring matters reported to Chair and encountered by the Chair that require discussion and/or decisions by the Board.
- Responding to external inquiries relevant to the Chair and Society.
Coach Trip for 23rd April 2023. Further information is now available on the Rutland Water fieldtrip. To access these details, please follow this link. 
Youth Engagement and SOS. For more on this important topic, follow this link for an introduction from Ellie Micklewright.
Field Trip Organiser Post Vacancy. The Society needs someone urgently to take on the role of Field Trips Organiser. It must be reiterated that, if this role is not filled, there will be no Field Trips being run by the Society, a role which is required by our constitution. Please note that the Organiser does not necessarily lead field trips. She/he sets up the programme and finds appropriate leaders for each excursion. If anyone wants details of the role, do not hesitate to email Sue Brealey at email@example.com. 
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.
SOS Save our Curlews Campaign
The website for this project has just been updated. This includes results of 2022 Project work, and monitoring across the County by Community Wildlife Groups (summary here)
It is vitally important to continue the project work in 2023, and we need to raise more money to be able to do it all. We also hope to start work in the north-west of the county, around Oswestry, subject to having the funds. We are therefore re-launching the appeal. Please donate if you feel able to. See the following links for an Appeal Leaflet and to download a donation form. Please also complete the Gift Aid certificate if you are a UK taxpayer, as SOS can claim 25% in addition to your donation from HMRC. 
Trips & Meetings
Shropshire Birds & Birding
Bird Research & Recording