Society News

OOS Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

All Indoor Meetings and Field Trips Cancelled Until Further Notice

Dear members,

I’m sure you are all aware of the seriousness of the situation regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus infections in the UK and elsewhere. The cornerstone of the Government’s strategy to slow the spread of the virus is ‘social distancing’, in other words reducing close contact with other people to an absolute minimum.

In the light of this, it will come as no surprise to hear that OOS has cancelled its indoor meetings (including the talk by Andy Lewis scheduled for Wednesday, 8th April and the AGM scheduled for Wednesday, 13th May) and all field trips for the foreseeable future. We will endeavour to produce monthly bulletins as usual, so please do keep sending in your sightings, even if they are just those from your gardens.

We don’t know how long the current crisis will last, but we hope we will be able to get back to normal before too long, and we look forward to seeing you all then. In the meantime, please do take very good care of yourselves!

Very best wishes,

Alan Larkman
Chairman, OOS.

Added 24/03/2020
Closure of Farmoor Reservoir
Along with all other places of public interest Farmoor Reservoir is now totally closed to the public. The parts of the countryside walk that are part of the Thames path remain open.
Added 24/03/2020

Next Indoor Event

08/04/2020 (Wed)
** CANCELLED ** Down the Windrush Valley - Birds in the Cotswolds Landscape
By: Andy Lewis
Cancelled due to COVID-19

In this talk Andy Lewis will look at the wildlife and landscape along the River Windrush from its source in the north Cotswolds to its confluence with the Thames at Newbridge.

Next Outing

19/04/2020 (Sun)
** CANCELLED ** Little Marlow Gravel Pits, Buckinghamshire
Little Marlow Gravel Pits, Buckinghamshire

Bird News

Date Species Count Site Who
2020-04-03Barn Swallow1Upper HeyfordSP
2020-03-31Mediterranean Gull2Appleford: Appleford GPBJWy
2020-03-31Little Plover3Appleford: Appleford GPBJWy
2020-03-31Green Sandpiper1Appleford: Appleford GPBJWy
2020-03-31Oystercatcher1Appleford: Appleford GPBJWy
2020-03-31White Stork1Dorchester: Days Lock scrapeBJWy
2020-03-31Oystercatcher1Dorchester: Days Lock scrapeBJWy
2020-03-30Red Kite5Oxford: Rose HillSL
2020-03-30Little Egret1Lye ValleyTDB
2020-03-26Rose-ringed Parakeet1IffleyTDB
2020-03-25Little Gull11Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor IIDJ
2020-03-23Barn Owl1River Thames: nr KenningtonSL
2020-03-22Black Swan1DucklingtonGL
2020-03-22Little Egret1DucklingtonGL
2020-03-22Grey Wagtail2Iffley: Iffley LockSL
2020-03-22Buzzard1Iffley: Iffley LockSL
2020-03-21Chiffchaff1Long HanboroughMRo

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