National Conference

The Welsh Ornithological Society Conference is held each November, supported by BTO Cymru and RSPB Cymru. Our aim is to move it around the country over a four-year cycle.

The 2018 Conference, on Welsh Woodlands and their birds will be held at Neuadd Reichel, Bangor on Saturday 3 November. Places are likely to be sold out several weeks in advance and booking is open (£30 + VAT for WOS members and £35 + VAT for non-members).  As usual, we have reserved six free places for 16-25 year olds and if you’d like to apply for one of these please email Keith Noble at directly rather than follow the Eventbrite link – and free means no VAT! 

The full programme is as follows:


  9.30     Registration and coffee

10.00     Welcome by WOS Chair Mick Green 

10.05     Annual General Meeting of WOS 

10.20.     Introduction by WOS President – Iolo Williams

10.35     Welsh Woodlands – George Peterken

11.15     Comfort break

11.35     Birds of upland scrub and plantations – John Calladine

12.10     Raptors nesting in Welsh woods – Steve Roberts


12.50    LUNCH

2.10      Presentation of WOS Lifetime Achievement and the Derek Moore Student Research Awards
by Iolo Williams, Hon. President

2.20      RSPB Cymru update – Julian Hughes and BTO Cymru update – Kelvin Jones

2.45      Pied Flycatchers – Jez Smith 

3.30.     TEA

4.10      Revitalising the Celtic Rainforest – Dave Anning, RSPB Ynys Hir

5.00      Raffle and close.

Please follow the link here to book.

All the sessions from the 2017 Conference on Raptor conservation in Wales, can be seen here.

The 2019 Conference will mark the 30th Anniversary of WOS and the conference will be a special one. It’ll be held in Aberystwyth on Saturday 16 November 2019 and full details and booking information will be posted in July 2019.