Blackcap © Martyn Pratt

Discovering Ornithology

Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced birder, whether birds are your main focus or just one of many interests, we hope that the Ornithology Section of the BNS will provide you with opportunities to nurture and develop your love of birds in the company of like-minded people.

Red Kite © Martyn Pratt

Our Meetings

Our Field Meetings: The best way to improve your knowledge and ID skills is to spend time in the field with other birders. We run field meetings in every month of the year except August, visiting many sites of interest in the Bristol area. The aim of these meetings is to share knowledge and skills, but equally to enjoy the sights and sounds of birds in our local habitats.

Our Indoor Meetings: We hold Zoom or indoor meetings on the second Wednesday of every winter month from October through to March. We invite a wide variety of speakers on topics that can range froms accounts of birding trips abroad to the latest academic research, from avian ecology or behaviour to conservation and reserves.

Song Thrush © Heather Pring

Bird Surveys

We encourage our members to contribute to the vital task of monitoring bird populations in the Bristol area by joining in one or more of the regular surveys of birds organised by the British Trust for Ornithology. More details here.

Whether it is simply counting and recording the birds in your garden or taking on a site for a Wetland Bird Survey, there is something to suit everyone’s level of expertise and time commitment.

Above all we hope that joining in the activities of the Ornithology Section of the BNS will help you add to your enjoyment and knowledge of birds. Sharing an interest with others is the best way to nurture and expand your horizons!

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Would you like to know more?

If you’d like to discuss Ornithology in some more detail don’t hesitate to get in touch using the form below, we’ll reply as soon as we can.