Welsh Ornithological Society Conference 2014

The programme for this year’s annual Welsh Ornithological Society conference in association with BTO and RSPB is now available. The event will be held at Ruthin in North Wales.

WOS Conference 2014

2014 Conference
Saturday 12 November
Theatr John Ambrose, Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin, LL15 1EG

WOS Lifetime Achievement Awards and the 2014 Student Research Award, presented by Iolo Williams
Atlas 2007-11: what does it mean for Wales, Dawn Balmer
Skokholm Bird Observatory, the pioneer years, David Saunders
Trials and tribulations on North Wales’ moors, Stephen Bladwell
Pied Flycatchers, Pete Coffey
BirdTrack, what it can do for you and birds, Nick Moran
The future of bird conservation in Wales, Arfon Williams
Latest news from BTO Cymru and RSPB Cymru

Further details and booking form are available.


The Life of Birds: a Struggle for Survival

The programme and booking forms are now available for the BTO Annual Conference at Swanwick, Derbyshire.
As ever, there’s plenty to hold a keen birder’s interest, with talks ranging from Honey-buzzards, demographic changes seen during the Bird Atlas 2007-11, the success of Buzzards to visual perception in birds and conserving the Pink Pigeon.

Delegates will also hear about how weather effects birds, including Long-tailed Tits, Sand Martins in Africa, Reed Warblers in Norfolk and birds in Iceland.  We’ll also be given updates on many of the surveys that BTO lead, including BirdTrack, BBS and WeBS.  The conference concludes with seabird tracking, the timing of moult, social media and how BTO can help conservation .

All this and more, along with an opportunity to mix with like-minded folk over dinner and a pint at the bar, browse the bookshops or inspect the latest optics from Swarovksi.

It’s well worth a trip.

Wales’ birds – from Gwent to the World

This year’s annual joint conference of WOS, BTO Cymru & RSPB Cymru will be held on Saturday 2 November, at The Bridges Community Centre, Monmouth, Gwent with the theme Wales’ birds – from Gwent to the World.
WOS Conference 2013
Another excellent programme of speakers has been put together this year, including:

  • Dr Mark Avery Conservation concerns for birds
  • Dr Al Venables GOS: the first fifty years
  • Dr Nigel Clark The Severn: has the tide turned for birds? 
  • Professor Tony Fox Winter birds on the Dyfi
  • Jerry Lewis Hawfinches: still a lot to learn
  • Steve Roberts Honey-buzzards

It’s also a great chance to meet other birdwatchers from around Wales, hear updates from BTO Cymru and RSPB Cymru, and browse the books at Subbuteo Natural History Bookshop.

Further details and booking are available.

Marvels of Migration

This year’s annual joint conference of WOS, BTO Cymru & RSPB Cymru will be held on Saturday 10 November, at Myddfai, Carmarthenshire.

WOS Conference, 2012The theme of the day is Marvels of Migration, with a particular emphasis on how technology is revealing more about migratory birds and the habitats they use. It promises to be a fascinating day, bringing together top speakers from around the UK, including: 

  • Roy Dennis (satellite tracking of raptors)
  • Andy Clement (cuckoo tracking)
  • Danae Sheehan (wood warblers wintering in Africa)
  • Tony Cross (Welsh woodcock tracking)
  • Tim Guilford (puffin and Manx shearwater navigation & behaviour)
  • Jon Green (rare migrants in Wales)

Subbuteo Natural History Bookshop and a Swarovski optics stand will be in attendance.

The full programme and booking form are available at the WOS website.

BTO GardenBirdWatch/ WTSWW Garden Wildlife Conference

Details of the programme for this autumn’s Garden BirdWatch conference are now available.

British Trust for Ornithology and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 3AT

09:30 – Arrival
10:00 – Introduction
10:10 – Why gardens and local garden birdwatchers matter, Tim Harrison (BTO Garden BirdWatch)
10:40 – Recording moths in your garden, Norman Lowe (Butterfly Conservation)
11:10 – Coffee and biscuits
11:40 – The Cardiff Garden Wildlife Survey, Rob Parry (WTSWW)
12:10 – Power from the Severn: good or bad for birds? Nigel Clark/Lucy Wright (BTO)
12:40 – Buffet lunch with tea and coffee
13:30 – Positioning of garden bird feeders, Richard Cowie (Cardiff University)
14:00 – Nature’s greatest pollinators, Nigel Ajax-Lewis (WTSWW)

Tickets for this conference are £12.50 per person, including lunch and other refreshments.

Further details and a booking form can be downloaded.

IPG_101212_297 by Paul Gulliver, on Flickr
IPG_101212_297 by Paul Gulliver, on Flickr

Welsh Ornithological Society Conference 2011

The programme for this year’s annual Welsh Ornithological Society conference in association with BTO and RSPB is now available.

The event will be held once more at Carno in Mid Wales and will celebrate a 100 years of birdwatching in Wales.

A number of well-known speakers from BTO, RSPB and the Welsh Kite Trust have accepted invitations to talk.

2011 Conference
The gathering for birdwatchers in Wales
Saturday 12 November
Carno Community Centre, Powys SY17 5LH

09:30 – Registration and Coffee
10:00 – Welcome by WOS Chair Derek Moore
10:05 – Annual General Meeting of WOS
Session chair: Mick Green
10:30 – 100 Years – Worth Celebrating? Iolo Williams
10:40 – Conservationists in Wales, Graham Williams
11:20 – Birds in Wales – the Last 100 Years, Simon Holloway
12:00 – RSPB in Wales – the First 100 Years, Arfon Williams
12:40 – Lunch
Session chair: Stephanie Tyler
13:.50 – Science in Welsh Ornithology, Dave Leech
14:20 – Welsh Islands, Steve Sutcliffe
15:00 – The Story of the Red Kite, Tony Cross
15:20 – ‘Birdwatching’ – From Shotgun to Web, Derek Moore
15.40 – Tea
Session chair: Alan Williams
16:10 – Film – Dee Doody
16:30 – Birds in Wales – Now and the Next 100, Julian Hughes
17:00 – Raffle and Close – Derek Moore

Further details and booking form are available to download.