We meet in the Derby Room at Leigh Library. There is ample free car parking in the car park next to the Library (but please note that you do park at your own risk).

Meetings are on Fridays at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.  Everyone is welcome free of charge but a small donation to our funds from non-members would be gratefully accepted.

A varied programme of speakers and slideshows on wildlife subjects is organised, commencing in September running through to April each year, with usually about 10 presentations in total.

L.O.S. Meetings 2017-18 Programme

1st September 2017
Dennis Atherton

"California Pelagics and Western Birding"
In his own inimitable style, Dennis will be telling us about his recent trips birding at sea in California. There will be plenty of great photographs, interesting tales and good humour.

6th October 2017 
L.O.S. Annual General Meeting followed by a David Shallcross presentation

"Wildlife Wonders of Islay" and "Short-eared Owls in flight and fight"
David will be showing photographs from his recent trip to the Scottish island of Islay as well as a selection of his superb Short-eared Owl shots.

10th November 2017
Maxwell Law

"Earth, Wind and Flight"
A compilation of images taken by Maxwell who lives a nomadic lifestyle in his motorhome travelling the length of Britain and also Europe, mainly to Spain and Portugal.

24th November 2017
Members and Friends' Social Evening – Leigh Rugby Union Club, Hand Lane, Leigh WN7 3NA

Anne Johnson and David Shallcross
"Costa Blanca - An L.O.S. Summer Fieldtrip"
There will be the usual entertainment, a raffle and quiz and a short presentation by Anne and David and food will be served for a small charge. Prizes for the raffle will be gratefully accepted.

8th December 2017 - please note the change of date and topic
Due to unforeseen circumstances there is a change to the presentation originally advertised.
Ian Newton will now be presenting a talk entitled:
"Ecuador, a Birding Heaven"

5th January 2018

Unfortunately Wigan Council have found it necessary to close Leigh Library for the first week in January for repairs to heating. This means the LOS will be unable to hold their presentation there on 5th January. The presentation will now be held at Chowbent Unitarian Chapel in Atherton. The presentation will be in the hall next to the chapel. Here's a link to the location on Google Maps:

K&J Gallimore Memorial Meeting
Pauline and Ian Mellor-Greenhalgh
"A Shot at Wildlife Images 2015"
This is the sixth in the series of 'A Shot at Wildlife Images' that Pauline and Ian have put together and it includes wonderful images of birds, mammals, fungi, insects, flowers and landscapes. Plus I am sure lots of tales to tell on how some of these images were obtained.

2nd February 2018
Dr. Kevin Briggs
"Confessions of a Lunatic" 
I have been studying the River Lune for forty plus years. The talk describes the general and specific studies of Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Goosander and Yellow Wagtail.

2nd March 2018
Louise Bentley
"A Swift Recovery"
This talk is about these special birds – Swifts – and what can be done to help them.

6th April 2018
David Wilson
"The Society - A Wondrous Tale"
This will be one member’s reminiscences of the evolution of The Leigh Ornithological Society – its historical connections, its aims, its characters and achievements and its future fortunes. Pictures and music will supplement the story telling.

4th May 2018

Please note that there has been a change to the presentation originally advertised

Dennis Atherton
"Birds of the Gambia"
This talk is a result of three separate trips to this amazing country. Lots of photos of the brilliant birdlife, the fantastic variety of species and colours. Funny stories about safe birding in this superb country and unsafe birding like when I fell into the swamp and the time I almost stepped on a crocodile, the £500 photograph and how not to wake up with frogs in your shoes!
Guest Speakers: Should you wish to be invited to give an ornithological presentation to the Society please register your proposals and fees with our Acting Programme Secretary Anne Johnson by email: