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 strategyapproved in 2015.

The approved minutes of the most recent AGM and annual accounts, and minutes of recent Council meetings can be downloaded below. Visit our archive for previous years.

The Welsh Records Panel (WRP) is a sub-committee of WOS Council and reports to it. The WRP is charged with maintaining the Welsh bird list and for producing an annual report of accepted rare birds in Wales. The WRP is likely to be renamed ‘Welsh Birds Rarities Committee’ (WBRC) later in 2019.

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 started work on a new Birds of Wales, which will be published in 2021.

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