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The Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society. THE county society, that caters for the amateur and expert birdwatcher alike, has much to offer...

  • Information on conservation issues and local bird studies...
  • A nationally acclaimed annual Bird Report...
  • An unrivalled newsletter: BIRD NEWS...
  • A winter programme of monthly illustrated talks

THE birdwatchers' voice for Cheshire and Wirral, actively liaising with county and national conservation organisations, local councils and landowners.


The annual Bird Report for 2012 is now available. The 176 pages of text includes 74 maps, graphs and tables, and 12 beautiful illustrations. Also, included are 19 colour photographs, which best capture some of the highlights of the year. Click on the image to read the synopsis.
The Atlas has now been published as a special website which is free for anyone to view and explore by following this link. See the special price to CAWOS members for the few remaining copies of the Atlas by clicking this link.
A Cheshire Centenary of Willow and Marsh Tits
To see the full version of this paper, including the complete list of references, click on this link.
CAWOS 25th ANNIVERSARY
Click on this link for images of the key events at the 25th Anniversary celebrations.
MARSH LOCAL ORNITHOLOGY AWARD
The Society has been awarded the inaugural Marsh Local Ornithology Award in recognition of the outstanding contribution the Society made to local ornithology with the 'Atlas'. Click on this link for more details.
APPEAL FOR WeBS VOLUNTEERS
Counters are required to support Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) work on the Mersey Estuary. Follow this link for more information.
Follow this link for the count dates in 2014.
2014/15 INDOOR MEETINGS PROGRAMME
Click on this link for further details.
CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL GAZETTEER
The latest gazetteer is now available (2014). Click on this link for further information.
SURVEYS
The Wintering Goosander Survey is now complete. Check this link.
The Breeding Warblers Survey. Check this link for the latest situation.
The 2011 Raven Survey is complete. Check this link
SCIENTIFIC PAPERS
CAWOS is very keen that the Atlas database and indeed all records held by the Society should be analysed further and used more for study.
So far, two papers based on the Atlas data have been published in scientific journals. Two papers based on CAWOS annual records dating back to the 1970s have also recently appeared. Follow this link.
Lancashire Bird Atlas Publication
There is free access to this Atlas by clicking on the link
Frodsham Marsh Wind Farm Project
The current situation is available through this link.
Mersey Tidal Power Project
Project on hold! Please see this link for further details.

Site last updated: 30 September 2014