Welsh Ornithological Society: what we do

The Welsh Ornithological Society is a registered charity with around 300 members. It is governed by a Constitution and holds its Annual General Meeting as a precursor to a national conference, usually in November. The trustees on Council are responsible for running the Society and are drawn from all over Wales, with a variety of different interests and experience in birds and their conservation. The priorities are guided by a five year strategy , most recently updated in 2020.

The approved minutes of Annual General Meetings, annual accounts, and minutes of Council meetings can be downloaded from our business archive.

WOS is the national body to unify birdwatchers and ornithologists across the whole of Wales. We actively support bird conservation in Wales as the only solely Welsh-based organisation to do so, by funding research and encouraging publication of papers and articles related to birds in Wales. WOS represents affiliated local and county bird clubs and groups with the country agencies and Welsh Government to help conserve birds in Wales. We encourage students to present their ornithological studies to a wider body of birders with an annual Student Award

The Welsh Birds Rarities Committee (WBRC) is a sub-committee of WOS Council and reports to it. The WBRC is charged with maintaining the Welsh bird list and for producing an annual report of accepted rare birds in Wales. 

Two of the most evident outputs from the WOS each year are an annual national conference and its journal, Birds in Wales, available to members by post and through our online archive . In addition, WOS offers small grants to support the conservation of priority bird species in Wales, and has a Young Conservationists Bursary to support 18-25 year olds. We also invite nominations each year for the Lifetime Achievement Award and entries for the Derek Moore Student Research Award, both given at the annual Conference.

WOS encourages the monitoring and recording of birds in Wales, and the submission and compilation of these records at a vice-county level. These are brought together annually in the Welsh Bird Report. WOS also encourages birdwatchers in Wales to record their sightings using BirdTrack, of which WOS is a partner.

WOS celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019 and to mark this milestone, the Society has produced a new Birds of Wales, which will be published in July 2021.

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