Society News

OOS AGM, 11th May
Please come along to the OOS AGM, which will be followed by two talks by members of the Society. One talk by member Peter Pool on Heronries and the other by our President Sir Clive Elliott on Hummingbirds. The meeting will be held at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, on 11th May at 7:45 pm. Click here for Last year's minutes or contact the Secretary, Caroline Coleman (
Added 19/04/2016
Swifts and traditional nest sites in Anglican churches
50 years ago most of our local parish churches had nesting Swifts. Now in North Oxfordshire I reckon it’s roughly one church in seven, and even those will eventually disappear as essential repairs are carried out; or rather they would have disappeared. This is now much less likely as a result of an agreement reached with representatives of the Oxford Diocese (Berks, Bucks and Oxon). Now if planned repairs will affect traditional nest sites, the sites will be left intact or efforts will be made to create alternatives. The Diocese will also look favourably at proposals to include Swifts bricks when major renovations are undertaken or installation of nest boxes behind louvred windows. So this is a plea to anyone who knows of a church which has recently had nesting Swifts to report as below; and similarly to keep an eye out for Swifts entering nest holes in a local church, or indeed regularly screaming around the tower or spire. Any reports for Berkshire please inform Jan Stannard: Any reports for Oxfordshire please inform me: Any reports for Bucks please inform Sue Hetherington: Parties of Swifts wheeling and screaming around village church towers and steeples are one of the glorious sights and sounds of an English summer. I hope we can keep it that way. Chris Mason
Added 09/04/2016

Next Indoor Event

11/05/2016 (Wed)
AGM and members talks
Exeter Hall Oxford Road, Kidlington OX5 1AB Wendesday 11th May 7.45pm
Please come along to the OOS AGM, which will be followed by two talks by members of the Society. One talk will be on Heronries by Peter Pool and another by our President Sir Clive Elliott on Humminbirds. The meeting will be held at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, on 11th May at 7:45 pm. OOS Members free admission, Non-members a donation of £2 would be appreciated. Coffee/tea during the interval 50p

Next Outing

08/05/2016 (Sun)
Field trip to Rainham Marshes
Forthcoming Field Trip to Rainham Marshes RSPB, Essex on 8 May 2016. The meet up time for this trip is 10am in the car park near the visitor centre. It is best to approach this site from the M25, leaving at #30 on to the A1036 and then on to the A1090. Very quickly you will see the blue RSPB sign to the car park by the visitor centre. This site boasts a number of hides, and a circular trail giving good access, which should provide us with a good range of species. The habitat ranges from Thames shore to marshland and lagoons, but also to fields, reedbeds and woodland. In early May just about anything could turn up and regularly does at this site. The visitor centre has toilets and a cafe as well as a shop. Hope to see you there.

Bird News

Date Species Count Site Who
2016-05-05Swift10Little CoxwellMRo
2016-05-05House Martin12Little CoxwellMRo
2016-05-05Barn Swallow8Little CoxwellMRo
2016-05-05Sparrowhawk1 FemaleLittle CoxwellMRo
2016-05-05Yellowhammer2Little CoxwellMRo
2016-05-05Song Thrush1Little CoxwellMRo
2016-05-05Sparrowhawk1 male Little CoxwellMRo
2016-05-04Yellowhammer1Little CoxwellMRo
2016-05-03Wood Warbler1CholseyBJWy
2016-05-03Nightingale1Upper ArncottWPB
2016-05-02Peregrine Falcon3Wallingford: Barley CloseBJWy
2016-05-02Oystercatcher2Appleford: Appleford GPBJWy
2016-05-01Sedge Warbler6YarntonMRo
2016-04-30Reed Bunting2Lashford Lane FenMRo
2016-04-30Bullfinch1Lashford Lane FenMRo

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