Somerset Ornithological Society

The Somerset Ornithological Society promotes the monitoring, study and conservation of birds in the county and has a link to the British Trust for Ornithology. The Society is a focal point for bird recording across Somerset, providing a forum for sharing records and knowledge.

The Society produces a regular on-line newsletter “The Bittern”, and through the County Bird Recorder, publishes an annual report ‘Somerset Birds’, which summarises, by species,  around 30,000 records sent in by members and other recorders. Guidelines for making and submitting records are available via the Society’s website.

Getting Involved

The Society provides a full programme of indoor talks all presented by first rate speakers.  Guided by local experts, the Society conducts outdoor field meetings throughout the year. Outings usually take place once a month, and provide the chance to visit the county’s best birding sites in the company of fellow enthusiasts of all standards.

To join, contact the membership secretary, giving your name and contact details. For a small annual fee, members are entitled to attend indoor meetings and walks free of charge and to receive a copy of Somerset Birds. Non-members are encouraged to go along to meetings to find out what’s on offer.


Membership Secretary: Dick Best Tel: 01278 651063   Email:

Chairman: Roger Dickey  Email:

County Recorder: Brian Gibbs Email:

For further details of walks and talks contact Brian Hill Email: