Events

Upcoming events

ID: Michaelmas Term Card 2022. Picture of robin & OXOSS logo in bottom right corner. Events listed on card: weekend birding walks (local in Oxford); ringing demonstration; nature reserve trip; Christmas social. Join our Facebook group for more details about events.

Our Events

Walks: Weekly bird walks will mostly be located at sites around the city of Oxford, with occasional walks slightly further afield. Please bring binoculars if you have them!

Talks: We're contacting exciting speakers to deliver talks on a wide variety of ornithological topics. These will range from scientific speakers to sessions with musical, cultural or health focuses.

Other events: We're working on arranging other events for you to enjoy! These could include ringing demonstrations, ID workshops and events in collaboration with other similar societies.

Details for all events will be released on Facebook nearer the time!

Past events

ID: Trinity Term Card 2022. Picture of Great-Crested Grebe & OXOSS logo in bottom right corner. Events listed on card: weekend birding walks (local in Oxford); ringing demonstration; nature reserve trip; picnic social; OXOSS Springtime Birdsong Series. Join our Facebook group for more details about events.

ID: Hilary Term Card 2022. Picture of Goldfinch & OXOSS logo in bottom right corner. Events listed on card: weekend birding walks (local in Oxford); ringing demo at Burgess Field; talk with Kirsty Franklin; trip to RSPB Otmoor reserve; OXOSS social; society AGM.

10th March: Annual General Meeting (online)

An image with a list of events for the Michaelmas Term Card, with a picture of a cattle egret. The card reads: Weekend birding walks-Local in Oxford (e.g. Port Meadow). Collaboration walk with OUNCS. 27th October-Talk with Dr Eleanor Ratcliffe. w/c 22nd November -  Talk with PhD student, Alice Edney. Christmas Social

ID: Michaelmas Term Card, with a picture of a Cattle Egret and OXOSS logo in bottom right. The card lists the following events as bullet points: Weekend birding walks - Local in Oxford (e.g. Port Meadow). Collaboration walk with OUNCS. 27th October-Talk with Dr Eleanor Ratcliffe. w/c 22nd November - Talk with PhD student, Alice Edney. Christmas Social

27th October (evening): Dr. Eleanor Ratcliffe - The psychological benefits of listening to birds

Join us for our first ever speaker event (via Teams), with environmental psychologist Dr. Eleanor Ratcliffe.

A significant body of literature indicates that spending time in nature can support physical and mental health and wellbeing. Much of this work is situated within the field of ‘restorative environments’: settings which support recovery from everyday psychological stress and fatigue. Visual settings have received the most attention but sounds of nature – and especially bird sounds - are increasingly represented within this work. In this talk, Eleanor will present findings from a series of studies regarding positive – and negative – responses to bird sounds. These findings explain not just if bird sounds are psychologically beneficial, but why and for whom. Findings are relevant both for our understanding of human-bird relationships and our experiences of natural environments more widely.

24th November (evening): PhD student Alice Edney

Come along to our first in-person talk, where Alice Edney will be presenting her research on Black-legged Kittiwakes and Seabirdwatch: a citizen science project that is helping to conserve seabirds. Visit our Facebook group for more details!

Please note that Oxford Ornithological Student Society accepts no liability regarding personal injury or damage or loss of possessions during these activities.