Welcome to the Gwent Ornithological Society

The Gwent Ornithological Society, founded in 1961, has grown to become one of the most active county bird clubs in Wales. We are proud to have such a dedicated membership and would love to see our Society continue to grow with members all across the county. As a GOS member you will be supporting a Society which works for the protection of birds and their habitats in Gwent. We organise indoor meetings, field trips and outings, and publish regular newsletters, an informative Annual Report and a popular website!

Latest news

  • Socially distanced walk at Brynmawr – 24th April
    The walk advertised for 24th April from Brynmawr is still expected to go ahead under social distancing and the ‘Rule of Six’. If attendees exceed six, smaller groups will be set up under a leader for the walk(s) to take place. See the walk details for meeting arrangements and time....Read here...
  • Inland Curlew sightings
    GOS is collecting data on Curlews at possible breeding sites in Gwent. If you’re lucky enough to see or hear Curlews at inland sites please send the following information to Curlew@gwentbirds.org.uk : the date, number of birds, any vocalisation (call or bubbling song), any interaction between ...Read here...
  • Stephanie Tyler MBE
    Congratulations to Steph Tyler on being awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours List. The award was made for services to nature conservation in the UK and Africa....Read here...
  • Goosander & Cormorant River and Roost Survey – final call for volunteers
    If you haven’t already signed up to take part in the survey then it’s not too late as there are a few remaining opportunities, but please get in touch with us soon. Since the river and roost survey was announced there has been a fantastic response with people wanting to take part. Coverage for the ...Read here...

Upcoming events

9:00 am Brynmawr, Beaufort and Garnlydan... @ Meet at Asda Brynmawr Car Park.
Brynmawr, Beaufort and Garnlydan... @ Meet at Asda Brynmawr Car Park.
Apr 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
NOTE: This walk will take place under the ‘Rule of Six’. Attendees will be split into small groups, not exceeding six people and must be socially distanced at all times. Meet Nick Beswick at 9:00 am in the Asda car park, Brynmawr for a moderate 2-3 hour walk.
2:00 pm Portland Bird Observatory – Fri-... @ Portland Bird Observatory
Portland Bird Observatory – Fri-... @ Portland Bird Observatory
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – May 9 @ 12:00 pm
A weekend trip to Portland Bird Observatory for potential Spring migration. We stay in the observatory in multi-occupation rooms. Take sleeping bags and food. We usually dine at a local pub in the evening. The observatory charges £17 per person per night for the accommodation. Payable at the observatory. Booking essential – Dave Brassey will[...]
8:30 am Blaen Bran Community Woodland, C... @ Blaen Bran Woodland - main car park
Blaen Bran Community Woodland, C... @ Blaen Bran Woodland - main car park
May 15 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Meet Keith Roylance at the lower car park at 8:30 am for a 3 hour moderate walk through this community owned and managed woodland. Possibility of Cuckoo and Goshawk as well as a variety of woodland and open moorland birds. The walk can be wet in places so please wear appropriate footwear.