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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.


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:


    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

2018-19Event details
17-AprBirdwatching on Langness. Meet at car park (Grid Ref:284659) 10.00am. Followed by light lunch at Castetown Golf Links Cafe 12.30pm. Lunch bookings to Janet by 12th April.
28-AprFamily Birdwatching Challenge. Meet at the old Turbot Hatchery in Derbyhaven Bay. 1400-1600. All welcome!
01-MayBoat Trip, Calf of Man. Depart Port St. Mary 10am. Return 3.15pm approx. Leader: Anne Kaye.
06-MayDawn Chorus Walk. Port Soderick meet at lower car park by beach (Grid Ref: SC347727) 5.30 am. Leaders: Neil Morris/Tim Earl.
12&13-MayOvernight trip to Calf of Man. Possible observation of ringing of spring migrants. Depart PSM 10am 12th - return PSM 13th 9pm approx. Leader: N/A ** small group early booking essential.
tbcBTO Breeding Bird Survey - Taster Session. Details to be advised (early am start). Leader: Pat Cullen.
02-JunBoat Trip, Calf of Man. Depart PSM 11.00 am - return PSM 5.30pm approx. Leader: Anne Kaye.
19-JunBird Watching Maughold Brooghs to
Port e Vullen
. Meet 6.30pm at Maughold Village car park (SC491917). Leader: Mark Fitzpatrick.
tbcBTO Breeding Bird Survey - Taster Session. Details to be advised (early am start). Leader: Pat Cullen.
tbcBird Ringing Demonstration. Details to be advised. Leader: Mark Fitzpatrick.
21-JunBoat Trip, Sugarloaf. Depart PSM 6.00pm - return PSM 9pm approx. Leader: Anne Kaye.
06-JulBoat Trip, Sugarloaf. Depart PSM 6.30pm - return PSM 9.30pm approx. Leader: Anne Kaye.
10-Jul‘Swift Conservation’. Edward Mayer (Action for Swifts UK) 7.15pm. St Johns Methodist Church Hall.
16-AugPelagic Trip on Gemini/Scraayl. Depart PSM 6pm - return PSM 9pm approx.
15&16-SepOvernight trip to Calf of Man. Possible observation of ringing of autumn migrants. Depart PSM 12.30pm 15th - return PSM 16th 7pm approx. Leader: N/A ** small group, early booking essential.
02-OctTed Kerruish Memorial Lecture. Kendrew Colhoun, Senior Conservation Scientist, Reserves Team RSPB Northern Ireland.
06-Nov‘Travels of a Wildlife Artist’. Jeremy Paul.
04-DecChristmas Social & Buffet. Peel Golf Club from 7.30pm. Names to Janet by 1st Dec.
08-Jan‘Calf of Man: 60 Years as a Bird Observatory’. Aron Sapsford.
05-Feb‘Finding and Identifying the Seagulls of Mann’. Neil Morris.
05-MarAGM and Chairman's Evening. Union Mills Methodist Church from 7.30pm.