This month's Kent Ornithological Society Field Trip began on Sunday 24th April at Dungeness seawatching hide, where we started an epic day that yielded 84 species (no Moorhen again!) and stunning views of many of the birds seen.

The KOS AGM will be held on 4th May at 7.30pm.

The event will again be held on-line via zoom.

We had a record breaking total number of birds for our Kent Ornithological Society March Field Outing with 92 species recorded.

In fact we were only 6 short of our best ever total. Although it was a cold start to the day as we met in the Rye Harbour NR Car Park. We walked up to Flat Beach where the tide was ebbing, the air resounded with Skylark song and Meadow Pipits were display flighting. The scrape was full of waders, ducks and gulls including several Pintail, Mediterranean Gulls, 44 Golden Plover many of which were in fine plumage with black-bellies and a single Bar-tailed Godwit and Knot.

This survey will continue in spring 2022 following on from the main 2021 survey, to help fill important gaps in the coverage. The aim will be to cover new sites in 2022, or better coverage of 2021 sites where coverage was low.  Repeat visits to sites that were well covered in 2021 are not required.   Volunteers are urgently needed!  Full instructions are available here:

Observers can now upload their sightings and records to this website. These records will be retained in the Society’s records and will help create a historical record of birds in the county.

Recent bird news can be viewed on the website again - see here.

Login details and passwords from the previous system have not been transferred, so in order to be able to submit records you will first need to register on this website here and then login using the login link in the main menu.

We are transferring the website to this new platform and some pages from the old website may not be available during the transfer period. 

Today’s Field Trip started and finished with good birds around Car Parks, Shore Larks to begin with and a Short-eared Owl to finish. The weather was perfect for birding with some good light on Sheppey.

Our October KOS Field Outing was on the last day of the month and we spent the day on The Isle of Sheppey. A wet start found us working our way up the Elmley NR entrance track and then onto the hides. The Wellmarsh Hide was nicely sheltered from the elements and being high tide there was plenty of toing and froing especially dabbling duck suck as Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall and Wigeon and waders like Redshank, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwits, Turnstone, Grey Plover and at least 30 Common Snipe. The latter species huddled together sheltering from the adverse weather. A brief sortie to the Counterwall Hide found it to be in the full force of the weather and unable to even open the flaps. Not so the Southfleet Hide this was again nicely sheltered and good numbers of duck could be studied and discussed at close range.

The continuing uncertainty about mass gatherings and reluctance among members to attend a face to face event has meant that we have reluctantly cancelled the conference planned for November. However, we do intend to use our booked speakers for a series of Winter talks online which will be free, and which we hope will go some way towards compensating for the cancellation of the conference.

After several additions to the Kent list in the last year, Geoff Burton has updated the Kent listers page

A short article on the history of Kent listing has been added to the Articles page

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The Kent Ornithological Society was founded in 1952

Our aims are to record and monitor the county’s bird life providing both an accurate historical record of Kent’s birds but equally importantly providing data that can be used to help protect valuable habitats from development and other threats.

In doing this, we seek increase knowledge and understanding of birds and their habitats in the county and encourage and support people seeking to take up birdwatching as a hobby.

Membership of the society is open to all and costs £12 a year. Members receive a free copy of the annual Kent Bird Report and regular electronic newsletters. See details

The Society runs regular indoor talks at a central location in Maidstone and an outdoor programme of field meetings. They are opportunities for both beginners and experienced birdwatchers to meet others in the county and to develop their knowledge and skills.

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