Indoor Meetings

Indoor Meetings Programme 2021-22

Meetings are normally held January-March and October-December at Bayston Hill on Wednesdays. They are free for members: guests pay £2. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served halfway through the meeting at a nominal charge.

Swallows & Sand Martins

The meetings are informal, informative and interesting. Why not come along, especially if you have not been before? You will learn more about birds and nature in general and be able to chat to others with similar interests. Directions to the meeting venue can be found at the bottom of this page.


Meetings under COVID-19

While the 2020-21 season of presentations is now over, we are not yet in a position to be certain what form the 2021-22 meetings will take. A provisional timetable is presented below which is subject to modification. Please note that not all scheduled presenters are able to offer a Zoom event so please be prepared for cancellations and/or substitutions. Also, please monitor the SOS website (under “Breaking News”) for confirmation of the arrangments under which each talk will be held, including the use of Zoom.

Wednesday, 15th September 2021. Time tba. SOS Annual General Meetings followed by John Martin – New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands – Birding Downunder.
NZ’s Subantarctic Islands are difficult and expensive to get to. They have a fascinating, and sometimes grim, human history yet they hold some of the greatest seabird spectacles on earth. The seas in between the islands are alive with tubenoses of every description, from the great albatrosses down to the World’s smallest seabird, Grey-backed Storm-petrel. Add to this the endemic landbirds, megaherbs and some conservation success stories and you have the trip of a lifetime for island or seabird enthusiasts.

Wednesday, 6th October 2021, 7:15 pm: Diane Monether – Feed the Birds.
Taking us through Shropshire Wildlife Trust initiative to encourage people of all ages and from all settings to care for our feathered friends and showcasing some of the benefits and successes.

Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 7:15 pm: Jeff Clarke – Cruisers Go Wild.
A fascinating look at the vast array of birds and mammals that can be seen on regular cruise trips with tips on locations, time of year etc., to get the best of both worlds i.e. cruise holidays and wildlife watching.

Wednesday, 1st December 2021, 7:15 pm: Mike Lane – A Lane in Eastern Europe.
A look at the diverse wildlife across a number of Eastern European countries.

Directions to Bayston Hill Memorial Hall

  • From Shrewsbury, take the Hereford Road A49 towards Bayston Hill at the Meole Brace roundabout. Turn right in the village onto Lyth Hill Road…
  • From Ludlow & Church Stretton, enter Bayston Hill on the A49 and continue past “The Compasses” inn on the right.  About 100 m beyond the pub, turn left onto Lyth Hill Road…
  • Then, the Hall is 80 m on the left. If you go past Lodge Crescent (on the right) you’ve gone too far. There is car parking at the hall. The OS grid ref is SJ486087 and the postcode is SY3 0DU.
  • For a map of the hall location (which can be panned and zoomed), click here.

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Page updated: 07/06/2021