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.
SWT/SOS Save Our Curlews Campaign. For more information on this important project, follow this link.
MAKE YOUR BIRDING COUNT – take part in one or two local surveys of scarce, declining or iconic species. The amount of birding knowledge for both of these surveys is minimal, they are fun, they get you out of the house and they contribute to our knowledge of the target species (which permits meaningful and effective conservation interventions).
- THE LONG MYND RED GROUSE COUNT – see http://www.shropscwgs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Red-Grouse-Project-Recruiting-Leaflet-3.pdf
- THE LAPWING, CURLEW & OTHER BIRDS SURVEY – see http://www.shropscwgs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Introductory-Leaflet-2018.pdf
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. 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
There is just one meeting left for the 2017-18 season (see below). However, most of the 2018-19 season has been fixed. Why not put these dates in your calendar now to avoid missing these instructive and entertaining presentations?
March 26, 2018. “Finland Through the Seasons” (Philip Mugridge)
- Finland is a fantastic country for wildlife. Phil has visited many times through the seasons and he will show us birds, including birds of prey, grouse species, owls and a variety of northern passerines. He will also show us bears and other mammals. For more on Phil’s work, see http://www.willridgeimages.co.uk/.
October 22, 2018. “A Birding Migration – Birds of Lesvos” (Oliver Smart)
- Lesvos has been well documented for its impressive list of migratory species passing through each spring. Having visited three years in succession to witness the spectacle of migration Oliver’s talk will visit many of the important birding areas on the island and the value of each to the species that stop to refuel for their long journeys north. Oliver will also illustrate many of the common resident species as well as some other animals that live on this fantastic Greek island. Visit Oliver’s website at http://www.smartimages.co.uk/index.php.
November 26, 2018. “Shropshire’s Birds – a Diverse Picture” (Allan Heath)
- In the wider world our county of Shropshire is much maligned as something of a birding desert. However, the rich diversity of habitats combine to paint a very different picture. Through this talk I aim to illustrate some of the amazing birds and wildlife that, through the calendar year, choose to call our wonderful county their home.
January 28, 2019. AGM followed by “From Alaska to Argentina: Wildlife through the Americas” (Mark Sisson)
- The Americas represent two huge and adjoining continents with an array of natural environments and a resultant diversity of wildlife. Professional wildlife photographer Mark Sisson’s new talk will take you on a representative journey through some of them including the coasts of Alaska, the rainforests of Costa Rica, the beaches of north Patagonia and the mountains of southern Chile: bears, birds, bats and beaches await!
February 25, 2019.
- Speaker and talk title to be announced.
March 25th, 2019. “Singing in the Brain: the Science of Birdsong” (Rupert Marshall)
- What do birds sing, how do they sing it, and why? From cheerful robins singing through the winter to summer migrants arriving late in spring, the world of birds delights us with a tremendous range of abilities and repertoires. But why do they sing so early in the morning? How do they sing such intricate songs? Using pictures, recordings and short videos I explain the simple principles which underly the evolution of song, from the simplest of tweets to the most complex of whistles and warbles.
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 to the Branch Secretary 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.
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 Wildlife Trust (Strettons Branch)
- Shropshire Community Wildlife Groups