The inaugural meeting of RAFOS was held on the 23rd October 1965 as a result of the drive and enthusiasm of the late Frank Walker in getting the society established. An account of this meeting can be found in Journal No. 1.

AGM: The next AGM is to be held on 16 November 2019 in the Officer’s Mess, RAF High Wycombe. Further details to be added subsequently.







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  1. Hello.
    We’re very likely going to join having met Keith Cowieson recently and been made aware of the Society.
    Field trips like Islay & Shetlands next year? What are the transport arrangements please? We have transport obviously but is a central RV suggested & then shared transport from there?
    Phil (ex armourer) & Sue Naylor

    1. Hi Philip
      My apologies for the long delay in responding to you but I am very pleased to hear from you.
      For Islay we normally use our own cars, with some doubling up where appropriate, to drive to the car ferry terminal at Kennacraig on the Kintyre Peninsular, a two-hour ferry crossing then about a half-hour drive to the cottages on Islay. We need the cars for getting around the island during the week. For further infomation and booking please contact Jan Knight at theKnightsat2@gmail.com.
      For Shetland, arrangements are being made for pick-ups at a number of points by a couple of vans travelling up the country for an overnight stop usually at Newtonmore in the Highlands. Keith Coweison is co-ordinating the visit so you should contact him.
      Bye for now
      Ken Earnshaw – web admin

  2. Hi there,
    I’m an SAC at Leeming and wondered how to get involved in upcoming events?

    1. Hi Rebecca
      My apologies for the delay in responding to you.
      For joining-in the RAFOS events you would need to be a member particularly for those events which are funded by RAFOS, these being currently surveys of Orkney and Shetland, WeBS surveys of north-west mainland Scotland, bird ringing in Gibraltar and general surveys on Islay. Other events are less strict is this respect, eg, Somerset Levels. Occasionally there are joint-service expeditions, eg, Falklands, Ascension Is, etc, which also would require membership of the society. RAFOS funded events also usually require a contribution from the individuals.
      RAFOS is a small society of friendly, helpful individuals and we don’t stand on ceremony, all ranks are equally welcome. We would love to have you join so you could look at the membership application on the web-site. Colin Wearn, the Membership Secretary would love to hear from you.
      Bye for now
      Ken Earnshaw – Web admin

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