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.
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
|13-Apr||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 06 April|
|27-Apr||Boat Trip, Calf of Man. Depart Port St. Mary 10am. Return 3pm approx. Leader: Anne Kaye|
|06-07 May||Overnight trip to Calf of Man. Possible observation of ringing of spring migrants. Depart 10am on 6th, return 12 noon on 7th approx. Leader: N/A. **Small group hence early booking essential|
|14-May||Dawn Chorus Walk at Ballachurry Wetlands Reserve, Rushen (Grid Ref: SC210695). Meet 5.00 am. Leaders: Neil Morris/Garry Curtis|
|27-May||Boat Trip, Calf of Man. Depart 10.00 am Port St. Mary, return 2.30pm approx. Leader: Neil Morris|
|20-Jun||Boat Trip, Sugarloaf. Depart 6.30pm Port St. Mary, return 9pm approx. Leader: Anne Kaye|
|24-25 Jun||Overnight trip to Calf of Man. Possible observation of Shearwater ringing. Depart 10am Port St. Mary on 24th, return 25th at 2pm approx. Leader: N/A. **Small group, hence early booking essential|
|04-Jul||Boat Trip, Sugarloaf. Depart 6.30pm Port St. Mary, return 9pm approx. Leader: Anne Kaye|
|26-Jul||Evening Birdwatching at the Cronk-y-Bing. Meet 7pm (public car park NX378016). Leader: Mark Fitzpatrick|
|Tbc Jul||Bird ringing demonstration. Details to be advised. Leader: Mark Fitzpatrick/Sean Gray|
|10-Aug||Pelagic Trip on Gemini/Scraayl. Depart 6pm Port St. Mary, return 9pm approx.|
|05-Sep||Swift Conservation by Edward Mayer (Action for Swifts UK). Indoor meeting, venue tbc|
|16-Sep||Full day on Calf of Man. Possible observation of ringing of autumn migrants. Depart 8am Port St. Mary, return 6.30pm approx. Leader: N/A|
|03-Oct||P.C. Chloe Keegan, Wildlife Crime Officer. Indoor meeting - Union Mills Methodist Church from 7.30pm. Talk with questions & answers|
|05-Nov||Ayres Gravel Pits (Grid Ref: NX465045). Meet at 10am. Leaders: Stephen Smyth & Sean Gray|
|07-Nov||Neil Morris, Manx BirdLife: The Inside Story. Indoor meeting - Union Mills Methodist Church from 7.30pm.|
|05-Dec||Christmas Social & Buffet. Peel Golf Club from 7.30pm. Names to Janet by 1st Dec.|
|09-Jan||Seabird Tracking & Conservation by Dr Jodie Crane, Behavioural Ecologist. Indoor meeting - Union Mills Methodist Church from 7.30pm.|
|06-Feb||Members Evening: Shelly & Chris Kirkpatrick Bird Images Home & Away; Chris Blyth Wildlife in Hawaii & Alaska. Indoor meeting - Union Mills Methodist Church from 7.30pm.|
|06-Mar||AGM and Chairman's Evening. Indoor meeting - Union Mills Methodist Church from 7.30pm.|