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.
♦ Sad News
It is with regret that we have been asked to announce the death of Derrick Trowman, long-time member of the Church Stretton branch. Derrick passed away peacefully in Sandford Nursing Home on April 5th. Derrick, we will miss you at our meetings.
♦ Bird Survey Opportunities in the Strettons
Bird survey activities, suitable for birders at all levels, will shortly be starting up again in the local area. Further information, including how to participate, is available through these downloads:
- Red Grouse Survey 2021
- Strettons Area Bird Surveys 2021
- New Helpers Wanted – Strettons Area Bird Survey: Curlew, Lapwing and Other Target Species
♦ Bird Survey Results 2020.
- The Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group – Shropshire Ornithological Society (Church Stretton Branch) Bird Survey Results 2020. To download a copy of this report, select this link.
Indoor meetings are normally 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
The indoor meetings programme for 2021-22 will be announced here when finalised.
SOS (Church Stretton) and SOS Membership Email Lists
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.
If you are a member of the SOS, you can add your email address to the membership database, permitting the Society to contact you for time-sensitive matters, by filling out this online form.
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 twelve Community Wildlife Groups in Shropshire, with several covering 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.
You can contact us using the following email address links.
- Chair: Heather Williams
- Vice-Chair: Darrell Locke
- Secretary: David John
- Website Editor: John Arnfield
All external links on this website open in a new window or tab.
- Shropshire Ornithological Society
- RSPB, Shropshire Local Group
- RSPB, South Shropshire Local Group
- Shropshire Wildlife Trust
- Shropshire Wildlife Trust (Strettons Branch)
- Shropshire Community Wildlife Groups