Society News

Visit us at the Wychwood Forest Fair, 6th September
The OOS will have a stand at this year's Wychwood Forest Fair on Sunday 6th September. Come and visit us at stand number 128 in the Wychwood Project marquee. The Fair is at Lodge Farm, Ditchley Park Estate, Chipping Norton OX7 4EU from 11am to 5pm. Attractions this year include the Piggery Jokery show, tree climbing with Treetech, and various new food, refreshment, arts and crafts stalls and traders.
Added 03/09/2015

Next Indoor Event

09/09/2015 (Wed)
Wytham Woods
by Prof Ben Sheldon
68 Years and counting: insights from the long-term population studies of tits in Wytham Woods. In 1947, John Gibb and David Lack began a study of the population biology of the tits - particularly the great tit - in Marley Wood, the South-eastern corner of Wytham Woods. Over time this study has become a classic, and been pivotal in the development of population biology, ecology and ornithology. The study continues to this day, and my aim in this talk is to show how the sorts of questions that can be, and have been, studied have changed over time. These changes result from changes in our understanding, from technological developments, from changed priorities and sometimes from chance events. I will illustrate some of the recent work that we have been doing which is helping us to understand how birds respond to their environments, and how social learning plays a key role in the spread of new information in populations.

Next Outing

27/09/2015 (Sun)
Field trip to Brill, Bucks
The meeting time for this walk is 0930 in the free car park beside the windmill on the north-western edge of Brill, a small village. The grid ref is SP653142. Brill is situated on a hill with commanding views all around and should provide us with a good number of species. The walk will conclude round about lunchtime. I hope to see you there.

Bird News

Date Species Count Site Who
2015-09-03Green Sandpiper3Radley GPWPB
2015-09-03Eurasian Siskin3Radley GPWPB
2015-09-01Little Stint2Farmoor Reservoir: CausewayDJo
2015-09-01Black-tailed Godwit5 juvFarmoor ReservoirIL
2015-09-01Yellow-legged Gull60+Farmoor ReservoirIL
2015-09-01Common Gull3 adFarmoor ReservoirIL
2015-09-01Dunlin1 juvSutton Courtenay: Sutton Courtenay Old PitsIL
2015-08-31Eurasian Hobby1 adSouth StokeIL
2015-08-31Black Tern22Farmoor ReservoirIL
2015-08-31Great Black-backed Gull2Farmoor ReservoirIL
2015-08-31Yellow-legged Gull54Farmoor ReservoirIL
2015-08-31Yellow Wagtail11Farmoor ReservoirIL
2015-08-31Common Sandpiper4Farmoor ReservoirIL
2015-08-31Mediterranean Gull1 juvFarmoor ReservoirIL
2015-08-31Curlew Sandpiper2Farmoor Reservoir: CausewayDJo
2015-08-29Grey Wagtail1CholseyPC
2015-08-29Eurasian Hobby2WoodcoteEFG
2015-08-29Common Swift1KidlingtonRCA
2015-08-29House Martin10KidlingtonRCA
2015-08-29Common Greenshank1Culham: Culham CutIL

Latest Photos

Black-tailed Godwit
Eurasian Hobby
Little Gull