Winter Trip Organiser Wanted

Winter Trip to Norfolk
We have a winter trip every February which Phil Tosh has organised over the last few years and who has done an excellent job. He has now decided to hang up his cap, so I wish to thank Phil and his wife Jackie for the splendid times we all have had during their stint.

I am now looking for someone to replace this dynamic duo! So come on, somebody put their hand up please!
David Shallcross



Eddie King has now kindly agreed to organise the LOS Winter trip to Cromer this year.  Full details are available from him at this address:

Birds of Gambia Presentation - 21st September

A fantastic evening's entertainment was brought to us by LOS member Dennis Atherton, with his superb photos and commentary on the Birds of Gambia, a small African country with a wealth of bird life. It has some 660 species which is amazing for the country's size.

This was Dennis's first experience of carrying out a talk and show, but boy didn't he do well - a resounding spontaneous applause erupted from the 50 or so people present. This was followed by an enthusiastic vote of thanks from Vice Chairman, Tony Bishop.

The Chairman and Committee send their grateful thanks to Dennis who gave his time and services free of charge for the benefit of the club.  Click here to see some of his Gambia photos on Flickr.

David Shallcross - Chairman

Birds in Greater Manchester Bird County Report 2010

Copies of the superb Birds in Greater Manchester Bird County Report 2010 are now available from Chairman David Shallcross at a price of £7.  The report has taken a new glossy format with sightings, articles and colour photos from many of our Society members.

A copy of the report can be bought at the Friday night meetings in the Derby Room at Leigh Library or directly from County Bird Recorder Ian McKerchar who may be contacted at 42, Green Avenue, Astley, Greater Manchester M29 7EH and at

L.O.S. July Newsletter

LOS Species Recorder - a rarity !
The July 2012 L.O.S. newsletter (May and June sightings) is now available.

Thanks to editor Joan Disley, Eddie King and all the other contributors for producing this excellent document.

Members who would like to receive their copy by e-mail or in the post should contact Joan or David.

Please note that receiving your newsletter electronically helps reduce paper and postage costs to the Society.

10 Rare Men

Radio 4 program about the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC). If you missed this earlier this year, have a listen to it here:

Or you can download it here: 10 Rare Men (please forgive the advertising)

LOS Calendar Update

I've just updated the new LOS online calendar to include some local trips run by the RSPB at Marshside and Burton Mere Wetlands as well as our own fieldtrips and meetings.  I've only included trips that don't clash with ours and most of them are either free or quite cheap (e.g. £1.50).  You can see the LOS calendar by clicking on the icon to the right of this post.

If you'd like to get regular automatic updates and reminders about events on the LOS calendar, just send me an e-mail ( and I'll tell you how you can receive them on your phone or computer.  You can even browse the whole calendar.

Also, if you'd like to contribute to the LOS Twitter page, send me an e-mail and I'll explain how it works - I hope this will be of use for reporting and receiving bird sightings on your phone when you're out in the field without needing to know any text numbers.  Of course 'tweets' can also be sent to and from your computer when you are at home.

Any questions, please ask.

2012-13 LOS Membership Subscriptions

Greenshank at Pennington Flash
(Photo: Martyn Jones - 07/09/12)
It's that time of year again!

Joan has asked me to inform everyone that subscriptions are now due and payable to Raymond Meredith (our new treasurer) at the first meeting of the new year on Friday 7 September in the Derby Room at Leigh Library.

The cost of different types of membership can be found here:
LOS Membership Fees.

If paying by a cheque in the post, please e-mail Raymond ( to obtain his postal address and make the cheque payable to Leigh Ornithological Society.

Thanks, Martyn.