On Saturday 1st December, there will be a bird ringing demonstration at Swindon Lagoons starting at 0745 hrs and finishing at 1100 hrs. Places are limited so please with Matt Prior at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chris Packham's Walk for Wildlife on 22nd September in Central London. For details, see www.chrispackham.co.uk

Some members may remember the excellent presentation given by Nick Upton last November “Wildlife and Conservation Photography of Birds, Beavers and more”. In the July edition of Wiltshire Life, there is an illustrated article by Nick about the return of Cranes to the Southwest including confirmed breeding at a confidential site in Wiltshire in 2015 http://www.wiltshirelife.co.uk/current-issue/

This festival is taking place in Broadchalke from Monday 28th June until Sunday 1st July. There are events which will be of interest to birders and natural history lovers. See www.cvhf.org.uk

There are many farms participating in Open Farm Sunday. Matt Prior, Chair of WOS will have the WOS stand at Temple Farm, Rockley SN8 1RU, the event at this venue being organised by the Marlborough Downs Space for Nature and will run from 11 am to 4 pm.

in the Wessex Room, Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HS

The WOS AGM followed by Stephen Moss who will present “Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival”. Stephen is a naturalist, author & TV producer who worked mainly for the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol for almost three decades. He and the wider team received a BAFTA Special Award in 2011 for BBC’s Springwatch.


Do take a look at events being planned in Salisbury and Wilton by the Secret Garden


for Swift Awareness Week. 

Other events are listed in the diary which are likely to be of great interest to those fascinated by the natural world and keen to help conserve it.

The RSPB has just issued the Bird Crime Report 2016.  Sadly, birds of prey continue to be persecuted and you can read more about this in the report https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/our-work/our-positions-and-casework/our-positions/wild-birds-and-the-law/wild-bird-crime/the-birdcrime-report. The RSPB is also asking for our help in reporting wildlife crime and more details can be found in the report.