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.
The revised MOS Constitution was adopted at a Special General Meeting of the Manx Ornithological Society on 5th February 2013.
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
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.
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:
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.
Please book by emailing Janet Thompson: jthompson | at | manx | dot | net
|Thu 04 Apr 2019||Birdwatching 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 2019||Dawn Chorus Walk. St. Johns Heritage Trail meet at car park near school. (Grid Ref: SC277817) 6am. Leader Tim Earl.|
|Sun 05 May 2019||Ayres Gravel Pits. (Meet in the Island Aggregates' Compound at grid ref NX465040) 9am. Leader Neil Morris.
|Tue 07 May 2019||Boat Trip, Calf of Man. Depart PSM inner harbour 10.30am. Return PSM 4.15 approx.|
|Sat 18 May 2019||Overnight 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 2019||Boat Trip, Calf of Man. Depart PSM inner harbour 12.30pm. Return PSM 6pm approx.|
|Thu 27 Jun 2019||Boat Trip, Sugarloaf. Depart PSM inner harbour 6pm. Return PSM 9pm approx.|
|Thu 11 Jul 2019||Boat Trip, Sugarloaf. Depart PSM inner harbour 6pm. Return PSM 9pm approx.|
|Sat 13 Jul 2019||Bird Watching Walk. Ayres. Meet at Rue Point (NX412032) 6.30pm. Leader David Wright.|
|Tue 23 Jul 2019||Bird Watching Walk. Niarbyl to Traie Vane. Meet Niarbyl car park (SC212777) 6.30pm. Leader Mark Fitzpatrick.|
|Sat 10 Aug 2019||Pelagic Boat Trip (Scraayl). Depart PSM Harbour 6pm. Return 9pm approx.|
|tbc Aug 2019||Pelagic Boat Trip (Gemini). Leader Neil Morris.|
|Tue 01 Oct 2019||Rowan 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 2019||Paul 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 2019||Christmas Social & Buffet at Peel Golf Club from 7.30pm. Contact Janet Thompson (MOS Social Secretary) for tickets, £10 per person.|
|Tue 07 Jan 2020||Ted 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 2020||Manx BirdLife Point of Ayre National Reserve. Meet in the Old Quarry Compound at NX464040 at 9am. Leader Neil Morris. Download PDF with map and directions to meeting point.|
|Tue 04 Feb 2020||Neil Morris MD, Manx BirdLife. 'Envisioning the Manx BirdLife Point of Ayre National Reserve'. Indoor meeting at Union Mills Methodist Church Hall.|
|Tue 03 Mar 2020||AGM & Chairman's evening. Indoor meeting at Union Mills Methodist Church Hall.|