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Don’t miss a unique opportunity to catch this illustrated talk given by renowned Wildlife Artist Chris Rose.

Friday November 8th, Combe St Nicholas Village Hall (South Somerset, near Chard), 7.30pm.

In early 2010 Chris spent 5 ½ weeks on board a 20m yacht, sailing a total of over 4,000km (in some of the roughest seas on the planet!) to draw and paint the wildlife and landscapes of the Antarctic archipelago of South Georgia. The resulting work formed an exhibition in London with the aims of raising funds for the Royal Society for the Protection of Bird’s (RSPB) Save the Albatross campaign and of raising awareness of the plight of albatrosses and other seabirds in the Southern Ocean.

This illustrated talk is an account of the expedition and will feature photographs (and a few videos) of this remarkable place and its wildlife, plus some of the artwork.

For full details, click here.

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Our 2019 Member's Day will take place on Saturday 21st September, between 1.30 and 5.30 p.m. It will again feature the Society's AGM and a variety of interesting talks on aspects of Somerset birds and birdwatching, and will be a good opportunity for Members to socialize. Our previous such events in 2017 and 2018 were well received and the food was enjoyed by all present!. So please come along and give us your support. For full details of the Programme click here. There will be a raffle, a ringing table and plenty of good food. A map showing the location of Cheddon Fitzpaine Village Hall can be found here.

In order to speed up proceedings at the AGM, we are publishing various AGM documents in advance. Please click on the following links for the relevant documents:

AGM 2019 Agenda

Draft Minutes of 2018 AGM

2018 Financial Statement

Membership Report

List of Officers for election

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The Society has recently donated an outdoor camera to the South West Children's Hospice at Charlton Farm, Wraxall, so that children, parents and visitors can closely monitor the bird life using their garden feeders, while remaining in their refectory. The idea by the Community Fundraiser, Emma Parker was considered the most worthy of suggestions by our President, Stephen Moss, and Roger Dickey, Eve Tigwell and Dick Best went along to see how the project was working. They were also given a tour of the facilities and met staff and volunteers. Such is the success of the camera at the hospice, that SOS is intending to sponsor membership of the hospice in the Garden Bird Watch scheme, thus hopefully establishing an enduring link with this very worthy organisation.  

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The Blackdown Hills and Quantock Hills AONBs, with help from the Society and BTO, are seeking the help of volunteers in monitoring Nightjar populations. We hope that SOS members may be prepared to help. It is also hoped that records of  other nocturnal and crepuscular species may be obtained.

This is an exciting project, especially for the Blackdowns, an area which is very much underwatched. On a public Nightjar evening last summer, seven churring males were recorded at just one site.

For more information, see the following:

Blackdowns - two separate training events  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nightjar-survey-training-registration-60871908517 and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nightjar-survey-training-registration-60876744983

Quantocks - https://somersetbirding.org.uk/uploads/News/Quantocks_-_can_you_lend_an_ear.pdf

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The Bittern Monitoring Programme has published a summary of the 2018 breeding season. The number of booming males in Somerset has increased from 49 to 55, and the county had the highest figures.

For the full report, click here.

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