Dursley Birdwatching & Preservation Society

Dursley Birdwatching & Preservation Society

Registered Charity 1003480
Website http://dursleybirdwatchers.btck.co.uk/

The Dursley Birdwatching & Preservation Society was formed in 1953 to bring together local people with an interest in birds and other aspects of natural history. Sir Peter Scott was the Society’s first President. Many years later, it is still the aim of the Society to promote these interests for our members, who are predominantly but not exclusively, from the area north of Bristol and south of Gloucester, taking in the Cotswolds and Severnside around the towns of Stroud, Wotton-under-Edge, Thornbury and Dursley itself. Our local birding opportunities are largely based on the migration route along the river Severn, with Slimbridge WWT on “our patch”. 

 The Society is affiliated to the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. We are in partnership with GOCC (the Gloucestershire Ornithological Co-ordinating Committee), as well as with the BTO.

We offer a programme of some 30 to 40 field events throughout the year to local venues, the south coast, the Midlands, the Forest of Dean and South Wales, together with occasional weekend trips further afield, with at least one week long holiday. There is also a winter season of twice monthly indoor meetings, a highlight of which is the January Film evening hosted by Slimbridge WWT. We also arrange social events, such as a barbecue in the summer and a festive dinner in December. As a registered charity, our fund raising events enable many conservation projects to be supported.

The Gloucestershire Bird Report

A long-term winter Garden Bird Survey has provided some interesting data on changing bird populations locally, and presently our members are involved in surveying both for the BTO National Atlas and the forthcoming Gloucestershire Bird Atlas. The latter project involves several other interested organisations, who also come together under the auspices of GOCC for the production of the annual Gloucestershire Bird Report. 

A monthly Bulletin keeps members in touch with forthcoming events and includes reports of meetings, sightings of birds in the area and other news. The Society also maintains a good library of audio-visual material, including maps, all of which are available for the use of DBWPS members.

New members will be warmly welcomed. For membership information and some recent trip reports please visit our website at www.dursleybirdwatchers.btik.com

Are you a BTO Bird Clubs Partner? Would you like to have your club featured here? 

If so, please contact Ieuan Evans (ieuan.evans [at] bto.org)

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