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

  • The new Birds of Wales book– save £20
    On 1st July an important new book will be published which will add greatly to our understanding of the history of Wales’ birds and their conservation, their current populations and what may lie ahead for them in the future. The Birds of Wales (608 pages/hardback) tells the stories of all the birds ...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

8:30 am Lower Monnow Valley @ on road by Osbaston School
Lower Monnow Valley @ on road by Osbaston School
May 22 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Meet John Coleman at 8:30 am on the road outside Osbaston School (SO507137, NP25 3PU) for an easy walk along farm tracks and road. Will we see Yellowhammer this year, once common they have been missing for a couple of years?
9:00 am Strawberry Cottage Wood @ Queens Head Pub, Nr Cwmyoy
Strawberry Cottage Wood @ Queens Head Pub, Nr Cwmyoy
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet Andrew Cormack at 9:00 am at the Queens Head car park, nr Cwmyoy. (SO311221). Car parking £2: pay at pub. This is a woodland walk through GWT Strawberry Cottage Wood Reserve where we would hope to see Redstart and Flycatchers amongst the woodland species. The walk has some steep and potentially wet areas. Please[...]
8:00 pm Wentwood Forest for Nightjar @ Meet at Cadira Beeches car park
Wentwood Forest for Nightjar @ Meet at Cadira Beeches car park
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
An easy walk through Wentwood Forest to look for Nightjar. Meet Gavin Vella at Cadira Beeches car park (ST422948, nearest post code: NP15 1NA) at 8:00 pm. Return will be during darkness, please bring a torch and wear suitable clothing.