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The Manx Ornithological Society (MOS, aka Manx Bird Club) welcomes birdwatchers of all ages to its meetings held at the Union Mills Methodist Church (usually from 7.30pm) and at different outdoor venues in the summer.

The Society takes part in national bird census and survey work. It publishes Peregrine, which includes the annual Manx Bird Report. Copies of the latest and some back issues are available from the Society.

Constitution

The revised MOS Constitution was adopted at a Special General Meeting of the Manx Ornithological Society on 5th February 2013.

AGM 2017
Dr Richard Selman
Dr Richard Selman

The 2017 Annual General Meeting took place on 7th March 2017.

Pat Cullen was reconfirmed as President, and the Officers and other committee members were re-elected together with Andrew Johnston as a new member.

The committee therefore now comprises:

  • Chairman: Dr Richard Selman
  • Vice-Chairman: Anne C. Kaye
  • Secretary: Janet Thompson
  • Treasurer: Richard Norris
  • Committee members: Garry Curtis, Andrew Johnston, Chris Lo Bao, Allen S. Moore, Neil G. Morris, Mark Pidgeon, Chris M. Sharpe and Dr John P. Thorpe
Janet Thompson
Janet Thompson
Richard Norris
Richard Norris
Membership and key contacts

The Society's Secretary is Janet Thompson.

Membership is £5 per annum, though for school children it's free.

Subscriptions are due each year on 1st January, payable to the Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Richard Norris.

MOS links

The MOS has long-standing close links with Manx BirdLife and has recently become a sponsor of Manx BirdLife's Garden Birdwatch scheme.

The Society also has links to other organisations:

  • LIPU UK
    LIPU UK

    Andalucia Bird Society: a mainly English-speaking society for anyone with an interest in birding or wildlife in general in Andalucia, Spain.

  • LIPU-UK: founded in 1989 and since then has been successful in supporting LIPU, the Italian League for Bird Protection, BirdLife's partner in Italy. The Manx Ornithological Society regularly supports their efforts to protect 'our' migrants and other birds in Italy.
Events

Please book by emailing Janet Thompson: jthompson | at | manx | dot | net

2019-20 
Thu 04 Apr 2019Birdwatching on Langness. Meet at car park (Grid Ref:284659) 10.00am. Followed by light lunch at Castletown Golf Links. Cafe 12.30pm/lunch bookings to Janet by 30th March.
Sun 28 Apr 2019Dawn Chorus Walk. St. Johns Heritage Trail meet at car park near school. (Grid Ref: SC277817) 6am. Leader Tim Earl.
Sun 05 May 2019Ayres Gravel Pits. (Meet in the Island Aggregates' Compound at grid ref NX465040) 9am. Leader Neil Morris.
Tue 07 May 2019Boat Trip, Calf of Man. Depart PSM inner harbour 10.30am. Return PSM 4.15 approx.
Sat 18 May 2019Overnight trip to Calf of Man. Depart PSM inner harbour 11.30am. Return PSM 19th 2.15pm approx. Leader N/A ** Small group early booking essential.
Sat 08 Jun 2019Boat Trip, Calf of Man. Depart PSM inner harbour 12.30pm. Return PSM 6pm approx.
Thu 27 Jun 2019Boat Trip, Sugarloaf. Depart PSM inner harbour 6pm. Return PSM 9pm approx.
Thu 11 Jul 2019Boat Trip, Sugarloaf. Depart PSM inner harbour 6pm. Return PSM 9pm approx.
Sat 13 Jul 2019Bird Watching Walk. Ayres. Meet at Rue Point (NX412032) 6.30pm. Leader David Wright.
Tue 23 Jul 2019Bird Watching Walk. Niarbyl to Traie Vane. Meet Niarbyl car park (SC212777) 6.30pm. Leader Mark Fitzpatrick.
Sat 10 Aug 2019Pelagic Boat Trip (Scraayl). Depart PSM Harbour 6pm. Return 9pm approx.
tbc Aug 2019Pelagic Boat Trip (Gemini). Leader Neil Morris.
Tue 01 Oct 2019Rowan Henthorn, Ecosystem Officer, DEFA. 'eXXpedition:14 women, 3000 nautical miles, 1 mission across a plastic ocean'. Indoor meeting at Union Mills Methodist Church Hall.
Tue 12 Nov 2019Paul Tarling ECCM. 'RSPB Crook of Baldoon – 10 years of blood, sweat & a great deal of satisfaction'. Indoor meeting at Union Mills Methodist Church Hall.
Tue 03 Dec 2019Christmas Social & Buffet.
Tue 07 Jan 2020Ted Kerruish Memorial Lecture. Dr. Simon Gillings, Head of Population Ecology & Modelling at the BTO. 'Nocturnal Bird Migration'. Indoor meeting at Union Mills Methodist Church Hall.
Sun 19 Jan 2020Ayres Gravel Pits. (Grid Ref:NX465045) 9am. Leader Neil Morris.
Tue 04 Feb 2020Neil Morris MD, Manx BirdLife. 'Envisioning the Ayres National Bird Reserve'. Indoor meeting at Union Mills Methodist Church Hall.
Tue 03 Mar 2020AGM & Chairman's evening. Indoor meeting at Union Mills Methodist Church Hall.