The 2019 Conference will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of WOS and will be held at the Penglais Campus at Aberystwyth University on Saturday 16 November 2019. Booking is open for WOS members – tickets are priced at £30 + small booking fee (the same as in 2018) and for non-members with tickets priced at £35 + small booking fee (again, the same as in 2018). We have also offered 10 discounted places at £10 + small booking fee for under 26 year olds but these have now sold out. Here’s the outline of the programme: 30 years of ornithology in Wales – Iolo Williams; Guillemots: 47 years of research on Skomer – Tim Birkhead; Saving Curlews – Mary Colwell; Question time with Katie-Jo Luxton (RSPB Wales Director), Andy Clements (BTO CEO), Clare Pillman (Natural Resources Wales, CEO), Mark Isherwood AM – chaired by Steffan Messenger (BBC Environment Correspondent); Bardsey Island: wildlife, birds and the work of the Bird Observatory – Steve Stansfield.
In addition to the usual raffle to raise funds for WOS bursaries and awards, there will be a sealed bid auction of an original framed Robert Gillmor painting of a Great Tit.
If you wish to put a question to the panel, please email Keith Noble in advance, or give your question to him by 11.20 am on the day.
There is an optional excursion to Ynyslas and Ynys Hir – organised by WOS on Sunday 17 November (Overnight accommodation available at the University and elsewhere in Aberystwyth).
To book tickets, please go to Eventbrite. In addition to booking tickets, the Eventbrite website also has maps to direct you to the conference campus and car park and a Visitor’s Parking permit, which you should print out and complete for your car. The car park is around 10 minutes walk from the conference centre and there will be a limited amount of disabled parking at the centre itself, where temporary parking will also be available for deliveries etc. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require this facility.
The 2018 Conference, on Welsh Woodlands and their birds was held at Neuadd Reichel, Bangor on Saturday 3rd November. As has become the norm, it was sold out in advance. All sessions will be uploaded to our YouTube channel, after which a link will be available from this page.
All the sessions from the 2017 Conference on Raptor conservation in Wales, can be seen here.