Who We Are

The Shropshire Ornithological Society (SOS) was formed in 1955 with the aims of encouraging the study and protection of birds in Shropshire and elsewhere,  organising a wide range of activities and producing publications to this end, and co-operating with other bodies with similar aims.  This website serves the needs of the branch of the Society in Church Stretton.  All members of the SOS (and non-members) are welcome to take part in branch activities as well as the main activities of the Society.

Breaking News

VERY IMPORTANT – please read! The Strettons SOS meeting on the 23rd of this month is going to be the last one ever unless the branch can get a new person into the Chair position. The position carries no onerous duties and responsibilities are restricted to welcoming members and the speaker at five meetings throughout the year, thanking the speaker (or getting someone else to do it) and running the annual general meeting. Meetings of the committee are short and are limited to once a year (in a pub!). If the Strettons SOS meetings are of value to you, this is your chance to keep them going. Without a response to this plea, the branch will be disbanded. If you are interested in taking on this position, please contact David John <dalison@hotmail.co.uk> as soon as possible.

Long Mynd Red Grouse Count. For the last nine years, the Red Grouse population on the Long Mynd has been counted by the co-ordinated efforts of volunteers at dusk on several evenings between late March and early May. Last year there were about 30 volunteers, but we now need many more. The survey is particularly important this year, because of the substantial die-back of heather last year. We need to know if it has had an equally substantial impact on the Grouse population, so we want to recruit as many helpers as possible for the 2020 survey. For more information, follow this link.


Indoor meetings are held from October to March (excluding December) on the fourth Monday of the month. The venue is The Methodist Church Hall, Watling Street, Church Stretton [MAP] and meetings commence at 7:30 p.m., although doors generally open around 7:00. The postcode for the hall location is SY6 7BG. Admission is free to members: non members are very welcome (admission £2, including refreshments).

Indoor Meeting Programme

Meeting topics for the 2020-21 are now being finalised, subject to the branch finding a chair by the start of the season (see ‘Breaking News’).


Please note that these meetings are at risk unless the branch finds a chair for 2010-21 – see ‘Breaking News’ above.

26 October, 2020. “Fungi: the Questions You Never Dared Ask” (John Hughes, Shropshire Wildlife Trust) 

23 November, 2020. To be announced.

25 January, 2021. “Another Year Birding in Shropshire” (Jim Almond)

22 February, 2021. “Discovering the Western Isles” (Nick Martin) 

22 March, 2021. To be announced.

SOS (Church Stretton) Email List

We would like to compile a list of email addresses of SOS members in the Church Stretton area and those who attend our meetings (whether members or not) in order to send out event reminders and to warn you of cancellations and changes.  If you would like to be included on this list, please send your name in an email and identify the list you wish to be added to as the “SOS Church Stretton email list”. Your address will be used only for publicising SOS and related events and will not be provided to any outside parties under any circumstances.

Making your Bird Sightings Count

There are several opportunities locally to contribute to bird surveys that will enhance our knowledge of bird life in south-central Shropshire and contribute to conservation efforts.

Community Wildlife Groups.  There are eight Community Wildlife Groups in southern Shropshire, which cover most of the Shropshire Hills. All are doing bird surveys, and would welcome the involvement of other birdwatchers.  For information, see the Shropshire Community Wildlife Group website.

Records Needed of Threatened Species.  Leo Smith is interested in all breeding season records of Lapwing, Curlew, Dipper, Barn Owl and Red Kite.  Check here for information on sending him your observations.

Contact Us

You can contact us using the following email address links.

  • Chair: position open – can you so it? See ‘Breaking News’ above!
  • Secretary: David John
  • Website Editor: John Arnfield

Useful Links

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Page updated 26 March 2020 by AJA