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The AGM using Zoom is on 30th September 2020, see WOS News for details.

Field Trips are cancelled until further notice.

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Egg collectors remain a serious threat to protected species as a Little Tern colony near Hartlepool is robbed.

This horrible incident helps to endorse the WOS policy of secrecy with

some of the County's rare breeders. The incident demonstrates that

the threat of egg collectors is not a thing of the past and that we cannot be over careful with our approach.

As the link shows, the incident may well cause the extinction of Little Terns at the colony concerned.


Birdsong can improve mood and attention

There are some surprising ways in which birdsong is being used and a forthcoming study aims to establish how and why. Here's a link to the story.

 The surprising uses of birdsong

The Wiltshire Tetrad Atlas

What's the difference between the BTO Atlas and the Wiltshire Tetrad Atlas?

The Wiltshire Tetrad Atlas aims to cover all tetrads in the county of Wiltshire. For the purposes of the Atlas a tetrad is considered to be in Wiltshire if at least 20% of its area lies within the county boundary.

Why do a Wiltshire Tetrad Atlas at the same time as the BTO Atlas?

Because the BTO supports the parallel production of local atlases (more than 30 are being done throughout the UK).

How is data collected for the Wiltshire Tetrad Atlas?

Invisibly - that is to say that, as far as the atlas volunteer is concerned, the data is submitted to the BTO via the existing online and offline channels provided for the BTO atlas. The BTO will identify the data within the area of Wiltshire and make it available to the Wiltshire Ornithological Society (WOS).

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