- New Incumbents
- Ieuan Evans "Unravelling the Mysteries of Migration" 5th April 2017
- James Ferguson-Lees 1929-2017
- Wiltshire Recorders' Forum 22nd February 2017
- Bird Ringing Demonstration at Swindon STW on 18th December
- Ringing in Ravensroost Woods Saturday 12th November
- Cumberwell Park 21st October 2016
- Chris Packham petition
- CANCELLED Wiltshire Wildlife Trust 20th August Festival of Flight
- Bird Ringing Demonstration 14th August Swindon STW
Where to Watch
As of 1 April 2009, the Wiltshire List stood at 318 species.
|A||286||recorded in an apparently natural state since 1 Jan 1950|
|B||19||ditto, between 1 Jan 1800 and 31 Dec 1949 but not since|
|C||13||from self-sustaining populations of introduced species|
The three most recent additions to the Wiltshire list were:
318. Thrush Nightingale — August 2008
317. Penduline Tit — April 2008
316. Lesser Scaup — February 2007
Two species — White-tailed Fish-eagle and Chough — were seen in the county in 2007, the first time since 1935 and the mid 19th Century, respectively.
Around 200 species are seen annually in the county:
A complete list of the county's birds will be available to download shortly. A summary of species' status is provided below.
Breeding: 147 (46%) species have nested on at least one occasion, of which 119 (37%) are regular breeders. Seven (2%) are former breeders, three of which (Black Grouse, Great Bustard and Cirl Bunting) are extinct in the county, and four (Corncrake, Wryneck, Marsh Warbler and Red-backed Shrike) still occur as vagrants. Three more (Ring Ouzel, Redwing and Golden Oriole) may also have nested but without there being clear evidence.
Wintering: 125 (39%) species winter regularly in the county. Hooded Crow was once an annual winter visitor, but there have been no recent records.
Residents: 88 (28%) species are both regular breeders and regular in winter.
Migrants: 35 (11%) species are regarded as mainly passage migrants or wanderers, neither breeding nor wintering regularly, although three — Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls, and Crossbill — occur widely outside what are regarded as the normal passage periods.
Vagrants: 125 (40%) species occur very infrequently, ten of which have not been recorded in the county for more than 100 years.
Introductions: 13 (4%) species on the Wiltshire List are 'naturalised'. Three — Greylag and Barnacle Geese, and Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) — are found naturally elsewhere in Great Britain, but those that occur in Wiltshire are believed to have derived from introduced stock. Ruddy Shelduck is included in this group, although the origins of past records, and the case for genuine vagrancy, remain a much-discussed issue. The Red Kites that breed in Wiltshire also derive from introduced stock but, as part of a deliberate reintroduction programme for conservation purposes, are not included among these 13.
Escapes: a large number of other bird species have also been recorded in the county but, as obvious or likely escapes (many are simply escaped cagebirds) that have not come from self-sustaining populations, these are not included as part of the Wiltshire List.
Records of all birds seen in Wiltshire should be submitted to Rob Turner, the County Recorder. Records of rare species are assessed by the WOS Records Panel. For details of what information should be submitted, and a list of those species requiring a description, see WOS Records.
* See the BOURC website for a full explanation of the categories of the British List
Information about WOS
Wiltshire Ornithological Society was formed on November 30th, 1974, and has grown in recent years to more than 500 members.
Our mission is to encourage and pursue the study, recording and conservation of birds in Wiltshire