The KOS winter meeting programme kicks off on Wednesday 19 January with a zoom talk from Alan Johnson of the RSPB.

All welcome.

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KOS Climate Talk 4

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

Another important wildlife habitat in Kent is under threat. Please join the protest to let decision makers and investors know what they want to destroy.

A field outing to Dungeness in September always produces something and our Sunday 19th trip was no exception. We recorded 77 Species, a list that was augmented by our afternoon Seawatch where we had 9 Arctic Skuas including birds that were harassing Sandwich Terns right in front of us. A breeding plumaged Red-throated Diver that sat on the sea was admired by all, a few Brent Geese, Common Guillemot, Common Tern and Common Scoter. A flock of around 40 Kittiwake also rested on the sea and among them were several Mediterranean Gulls.

The British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) has accepted the sightings of Common Nighthawk, Masked Shrike and Eye-browed Thrush in Kent. These are all new species for the county and the Kent List has now moved on to 426. Records of White-throated Sparrow and Eastern Yellow Wagtail which would also be new for the county remain to be assessed by the BBRC.

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  • A free copy of the annual Kent Bird Report
  • Regular newsletters throughout the year
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  • On line meetings and talks
  • Free guided field trips
  • Discount on the Kent Breeding Atlas

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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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