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RSPB Brighton Urban Swift Survey
Friday, 17 March 2017

We need volunteers to help us survey swifts in Brighton during May-July to help identify a significant decrease in populations.

If you live in the Brighton & Hove area and would like to help protect these fantastic birds please check out our volunteer swift surveyor role here or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

 
Woodlark records requested
Thursday, 09 March 2017

There is a Sussex-only breeding woodlark and Dartford warbler survey running this year, aiming to update our understanding of the distributions of breeding Dartford warblers and woodlarks in Sussex, to enable the calculation of population densities and county population estimates, and to provide information on the habitat preferences of breeding Dartford warblers and woodlarks in Sussex. The survey mainly involves visits by volunteers to tetrads where birds have been recorded previously or where they are known to occur or where there is potentially suitable habitat.

Casual records of singing males of either species anywhere in Sussex are also being collected, and in particular at the moment records of singing woodlarks are requested. These records should include dates and precise grid references, and ideally should include information about habitat using the categories listed below and also listed on the casual record form available here.

Heather (1)
Bracken (2)
Gorse (3)
Uneven tussocky grassland (4)
Short/grazed grassland (5)
Other plants/shrubs/scattered trees (6)
Recently cleared ground/felled trees (7)
Spring/winter cereal crops (8)
Beans/peas (9)
Vineyard (10)
Other arable farmland (11)
Bare earth (12)
Set-aside/fallow farmland (13)
Other (please specify) (14)

Woodlarks are being recorded increasingly in farmland in Sussex as well as in the more traditional heathland habitats. Birdwatchers are encouraged to listen for singing woodlarks in farmland areas and to record the habitat being used, or to visit one or more of the tetrads listed at http://www.sos.org.uk/surveys/woodlark-and-dartford-warbler-survey-2017.html to check for the presence of woodlarks.

Please contact Helen Crabtree at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 01444 441687 if you would like to volunteer to take part in this survey, or if you have questions or comments or would like further information.

 
More books for sale (including "The Birds of Sussex")
Thursday, 09 March 2017

We have been informed that various birding/ornithological books are for sale.  They were owned by a Brighton RSPB Group member who has passed away.

Amongst the books is a copy of The Birds of Sussex, Helm Guides to various countries, and one book which is a collectors item - No.104 of the New Naturalist Series - A History of Ornithology. Please contact Heather Booth ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; to view the whole list of books complete with prices

 

Money raised will go towards Brighton RSPB Group funds.

 
New Year Bird Race 2017
Sunday, 19 February 2017

 

Number of teams:  
17
 
Winners:  
Splash Pointers 108 species
 
Runners Up:  
@Sussex Birding 102 species
 
Total number of species seen:  
149
 
Seen by all teams:
14 species
 
Seen by only one team:
15 species
 
Total raised to date:
£2243.35 (Still some more to come and Gift Aid not yet added)
 
 

Very many thanks to all those who participated and sponsored the teams.  The amount raised is the highest in recent years, and will be used for conservation purposes.  A more detailed report will be in the Spring Newsletter.

Val Bentley (Chairman, Membership & Publicity Committee)

 
Books for sale
Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Society has been left some books by a member who recently passed away. We would like to sell these and use any money received for conservation purposes. These are listed below, with suggested prices

If you are interested in any of these please contact Val Bentley on 01273 494723 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Studies in Bird Migration Vols I & II
1912
 
William Eagle Clark £100
A Hand-list of British Birds
1912
(has some handwritten additions)
 
Hartert, Jourdain, Ticehurst & Witherby £10-15
Bristow and the Hastings Rarities Affair
1968
 
Harrison £30
Ornithological Rambles in Sussex
(3rd edition ?1855)
Knox £25-30
 
 
Seventy Years of Birdwatching
1974
 
H G Alexander £15
A History of Sussex Birds Vols 1-3
Walpole Bond £120
 
A Guide to the Birds of Sussex
1963
 
Des Forges & Harber £20
 

 
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