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.
Local Bird Surveys Need Volunteers. The branch jointly organizes two bird surveys with the Strettons area Community Wildlife Group. These are the Curlew, Lapwing and Other Birds Survey and the Red Grouse Count. If you’ve helped with these before, you should have received recently a report of results in 2021, and an invitation to help again in 2022, from Leo Smith. Both surveys need new participants, so your help would be very welcome. If you would like to get involved, choose one or both of the above survey links for additional information.
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, 2022-23
- Monday, 24th October, 2022. “Birds – Why They Flock” by Jeff Clarke
- Monday, 28th November, 2022, “Lions, Livingstone, and the Great Rift Valley” by Ben Waddams
- Monday, January 23rd, 2023. AGM followed by “Living with Swifts” by Carol Wood
- Monday, Febuary 27th, 2023. “Twenty Years of the Shropshire Barn Owl Group – our Achievement” by John Lightfoot
- Monday, March 27th, 2023. “Lockdown Wildlife in Shropshire” by Geoff Hall
Other Branch Activities
The Branch works with the Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group (SACWG) and National Trust to count Red Grouse on the Long Mynd in April and May, and with SACWG to undertake a breeding season survey of Curlew, Lapwing and other target species between March and July. Both are suitable for birders at all levels.
Reports of both surveys in 2022 will be sent to participants later in the year, and will be available through the website.
The Branch also supports the Strettons area Save our Curlews campaign: select this link for details.
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.
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- Shropshire Ornithological Society
- RSPB, Shropshire Local Group
- RSPB, South Shropshire Local Group
- Shropshire Wildlife Trust
- Shropshire Community Wildlife Groups