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Banbury Ornithological Society

Charity no.: 1001397

The BOS encourages and co-ordinates bird surveys, and is interested in all aspects of birds and bird recording. It is also active in local conservation issues, and in the management of six reserves. Meets second Monday in each month at 7.30 pm at the Banbury Freemasons' Hall, Marlborough Road, Banbury. Also field trips and regular fieldwork events

Activities and services:

  • Basic recording by 1km square plus site code (where applicable) and habitat code
  • Computerised database of 100,00 records from 1979, plus earlier records (from 1952) still to be input
  • Annual Breeding Season Survey (ABSS) - 25 species, one per year on a rolling cycle
  • Winter Random Square Survey (RSS). 1100 1km squares surveyed over 23 years in February and November
  • Summer Random Square Survey: 1 km squares surveyed in April, May and June
  • Domesday Survey: land use of the whole 1200 sq. km
  • Local co-ordination of national survey work, e.g. BTO, WeBS, etc.
  • Management of reserves at Grimsbury and Bicester and ownership Balscote Quarry reserve, Glyn Davies Wood, Pauline Flick Reserve and Tadmarton Heath Reserve.

Geographic coverage:

Includes parts of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Warwickshire (based on Ordinance Survey Grid, twelve 10Km squares: SP32-35, 42-45; 52-55).

Key contacts:

Frances Buckel, Witts End, Over Norton, OX7 5RA Tel: 01608644425 Email:[email protected]
or Andy Turner Conservation Officer Email: [email protected]


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