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.


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.

Conserving Welsh Rare Breeding Birds and Raptors

peregrine falcon by zinneke, on Flickr
peregrine falcon by zinneke, on Flickr

Established in 1991, the Wales Raptor Study Group has been monitoring populations and studying our birds of prey.

In 2010, the Group became part of the Welsh Ornithological Society and expanded its remit to cover other rare breeding species, forming the Welsh Rare Breeding Bird and Raptor Study Group.

You can now find out what role the Group plays, how it works and how you can help conserve these birds.