Thank you to the BTO and all our speakers for making our virtual conference a great success

The first (and, we hope, only) WOS Virtual Conference was a great success on Saturday 6th November. Thanks to splendid support from the BTO, there were no technical hitches and we were treated to a superb sequence of presentations, starting with Professor Ian Newton’s keynote on Farmland Birds, followed by John Lloyd, Sorcha Lewis and Arfon Williams exploring different aspects of the trials and challenges facing farming and farmland birds in Wales and completed by Gavin Siriwardena OBE from the BTO on the impacts of agri-environment schemes in Wales.

WOS also awarded Al Venables and Bob Haycock Lifetime Achievement Awards for their distinguished and long-standing work on birds across Wales and was delighted to award the 2021 Student Research Award to Luke Beckett for his work on Dippers in urban environments. Sadly, it was not possible to present these awards in person, but presentations will be made later when they can be arranged.

All the presentations, including the awards, will be available later on the WOS YouTube channel and we’ll alert you to when these are available. If you missed the conference, these will be well worth watching – all excellent and thought provoking.

Hopefully we will be able to return to the traditional WOS face-to-face Annual Conference in 2022.

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