will not be taking place for the remainder of the year.

The Photographic Competion which is normally held at our December meeting will be going ahead in a different form, please watch for details in the forthcoming WOS News. Members, a hint, please begin to look out your best Wiltshire bird image for this year.


The AGM on 1st April is postponed and forthcoming field trips are cancelled following government advice in relation to Coronavirus Covid-19. The AGM will be re-arranged and field trips restored when it is safe to do so. The Birdfair which was due to take place at Langford Lakes on 18th April in conjunction with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is also postponed until a date later in the year.

Wiltshire Ornithological Society and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust are hosting  a Bird Fair - celebrating and learning about Wiltshire’s birds

Saturday 18th April 2020 from 9am - 2pm

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 Everyone is welcome, whether you are an experienced birder, or just curious to learn more about our feathered friends!

Please note change of speaker. Frank Mogford will be presenting "Birding in Cyprus" at West Ashton Village Hall on 12th February 2020 at 2 pm. on the website.

 22nd - 30th June 2019 

Local events:

  • Thursday 13th June 2019 from 19:30 - 21:00 hrs:  A Concert for Swifts at Sarum College, 19 The Close,Salisbury SP1 2EE organised by Salisbury And Wilton Swifts (SAWS) who are presenting a fundraising concert with two popular local musicians, Bill Benham (violin) and Michael Maxwell Steer (piano). The cost is £10 and tickets will be available on the door which will open at 7 pm. (Cash and Cheques only).
  • Saturday, June 29, 6.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon BA15 1JU, Jonathan Pomroy, wildlife artist, author and Swift expert will give a talk about Swifts followed by a walk round town to spot Swifts and where they are nesting.  £5 for talk and walk, £3 for talk only. Booking essential. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place. 
  • Sunday, June 30th from 10am - 4.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LW an exhibition of paintings by Jonathan Pomroy + signing of his book On Crescent Wings. At 3pm Jonathan will give a short talk on sketching Swifts and after this teas will be served. Free entry but donations for tea welcomed.

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Hen Harrier Day 2018: the persecution of birds of prey continues in the UK with hen harriers being brought to the brink of extinction as a breeding bird in England. Events to highlight this illegal behaviour are being held throughout the country in August 

Over the next few years the BTO will be running a series of surveys aimed at increasing our knowledge of the various owl species found in Britain. The first of these surveys is the Tawny Owl Point Survey (TOPS), for which volunteers are now being sought, and which will run from 15 August to 15 October this year, with follow-up surveys in early spring next year and then again in autumn 2019 and spring 2020.

TOPS is based on pre-determined 10km squares, three of which (ST93, ST96 and SU26) are in Wiltshire. Within each square the 25 tetrads are divided into “Primary Tetrads” (which were covered in previous surveys and are important therefore for providing evidence of changes) and “Secondary Tetrads”, which may be covered if there are sufficient volunteers available, once the Primary Tetrads have been surveyed. Volunteers are asked to pay two visits to their allocated tetrad, ideally within two weeks of each other. The visits should be planned to fall within the two hours after sunset and should last 20 minutes, to be spent at a point as near as possible to the centre of the tetrad, recording any Tawny Owl hoots or calls that may be heard.

Full details about TOPS are available on the BTO website at . If you are interested in taking part, follow the links to the tetrad allocation system where you can select a tetrad to survey, which Bill Quantrill, BTO Regional Representative, will be able to allocate to you if it is not already allocated.