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SOS Publications

The BTO ran a national competition for the Best Annual Bird Report up until the bird reports for 2004. There were usually about 50 differing county bird reports being judged each year, and the Sussex Bird Report did very well in this competition. The 2004 Sussex Bird Report was judged joint best, our 2003 Report was judged 4th best and our 2001 and 2002 Reports were both judged equal 3rd best.


 

Publications for Members

Newsletter Winter 2014

Members receive four issues of the SOS Newsletter each year.

The Winter 2014 edition has recently been published. It includes all the latest on birding in Sussex, Society news, sightings for the period August to October 2014, articles and contributions from Society members as well of details of events for members such as mid-week walks etc.

Instead of receiving their printed quarterly newsletter through the post, members can choose to get it as a PDF file via email. Not only does this save paper (and reduce printing costs for the Society) but the electronic version contains more pages (including more photos of Sussex birds, taken by members) than the printed version.

If you would like to take a look at the electronic version, you can download the Winter 2014 edition by clicking here. If you would like to switch from paper to electronic newsletter, contact newsletter@sos.org.uk.

Members also receive their annual copy of the award-winning Sussex Bird Report. The 2013 edition is now available (see below). To download a membership application form, click here


 



Sussex Bird Atlas 2007-11 maps CD

After four years of detailed fieldwork in Sussex by hundreds of volunteers, all of the results of the Sussex Bird Atlas 2007-11 project are now available in this digital CD publication. Winter and breeding season distribution maps for most species occurring in Sussex are presented alongside historical maps redrawn from the results of previous atlas fieldwork in Sussex. Relative abundance maps are also included, as well as maps demonstrating changes in distributions over time. With an original cover design by Sussex artist Robert Greenhalf, Sussex Bird Atlas 2007-11: The Maps contains over 2000 maps in indexed PDF files, together with introductory text and other supporting data and information. This publication is available in return for a small donation (suggested £5) to the Sussex Ornithological Society to help cover the CD printing costs.

Click here to download / print an order form.


 

 
The Sussex Bird Report No. 68 2015


Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in December 2016, the 2015 Sussex Bird Report gives full details of all species recorded in the County during the year. 288 pages in length, it consists of the following:

Sussex Bird Report
  • Review of 2015
  • Systematic List
  • Escapes and Feral Birds
  • Breeding Bird Survey Results
  • Sussex Winter Bird Survey Results
  • First and Last Migrant Dates
  • Heathland Breeding Bird Table
  • New Species for Sussex in 2015
  • The Sussex Ringing Report 2015
  • Wealden Heaths Breeding Bird Survey
  • Breeding House Martin Survey 2015
  • BTO Cuckoo Tracking Project
  • and more...


Illustrated with a superb collection of colour photographs, some of Sussex rarities, the Report will be of considerable interest to all birders who live in or visit Sussex. Copies may be obtained (price £11.00 inc p & p) from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.


 

 
The Sussex Bird Report No. 67 2014


Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in December 2015, the 2014 Sussex Bird Report gives full details of all species recorded in the County during the year. 288 pages in length, it consists of the following:

Sussex Bird Report
  • Review of 2014
  • Systematic List
  • Escapes and Feral Birds
  • Breeding Bird Survey Results for 2014
  • Sussex Winter Bird Survey Results
  • First and Last Migrant Dates
  • Heathland Breeding Bird Table
  • Black-winged Stilts at RSPB Medmerry 2014
  • New Species for Sussex in 2014
  • The Sussex Ringing Report 2014
  • The Raven in Sussex: past and current status
  • The BTO/GWCT survey of breeding Woodcock in 2013
  • The seabird wreck in 2014
  • Breeding Corn Bunting survey 2014
  • and more...


Illustrated with a superb collection of colour photographs, some of Sussex rarities, the Report will be of considerable interest to all birders who live in or visit Sussex. Copies may be obtained (price £11.00 inc p & p) from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.


 

 
The Sussex Bird Report No. 66 2013


Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in December 2014, the 2013 Sussex Bird Report gives full details of all species recorded in the County during the year. 288 pages in length, it consists of the following:

Sussex Bird Report
  • Review of 2013
  • Systematic List
  • Escapes and Feral Birds
  • Breeding Bird Survey Results for 2013
  • First and Last Migrant Dates
  • Heathland Breeding Bird Table
  • New Species for Sussex in 2013
  • The Sussex Ringing Report 2013
  • The BTO Cuckoo Tracking Project
  • The BTO Survey of Breeding Nightingales
  • Wood Warbler Survey
  • and more...


Illustrated with a superb collection of colour photographs, some of Sussex rarities, the Report will be of considerable interest to all birders who live in or visit Sussex. Copies may be obtained (price £11.00 inc p & p) from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.


 

 
The Sussex Bird Report No. 65 2012


Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in December 2013, the 2012 Sussex Bird Report gives full details of all species recorded in the County during the year. 266 pages in length, it consists of the following:

Sussex Bird Report
  • Review of 2012
  • Systematic List
  • Escapes and Feral Birds
  • Breeding Bird Survey Results for 2012
  • First and Last Migrant Dates
  • Heathland Breeding Bird Table
  • New Species for Sussex in 2012
  • The Sussex Ringing Report 2012
  • Nest Recording in Sussex in 2012
  • Birds using Sussex offshore waters (related to proposed offshore wind farm)
  • and more...


Illustrated with a superb collection of colour photographs, some of Sussex rarities, the Report will be of considerable interest to all birders who live in or visit Sussex. Copies may be obtained (price £9.00 inc p & p) from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.


 

 
The Sussex Bird Report No. 64 2011


Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in December 2012, the 2011 Sussex Bird Report gives full details of all species recorded in the County during the year. 313 pages in length, it consists of the following:

Sussex Bird Report
  • Review of 2011
  • Systematic List
  • Escapes and Feral Birds
  • First and Last Migrant Dates
  • Heathland Breeding Bird Tables
  • New Species for Sussex in 2011
  • The Sussex Ringing Report 2011
  • Breeding Rook Survey, 2011
  • Mediterranean Gulls of Rye Bay
  • Bird Atlas 2007-11: Mapping the Birds of Sussex
  • Long-eared Owls on the Sussex Downs
  • Mallydams Wood: Monitoring the Success Rates of Wildlife Rehabilitation


Illustrated with a superb collection of colour photographs, some of Sussex rarities, the Report will be of considerable interest to all birders who live in or visit Sussex. Copies may be obtained (price £9.00 inc p & p) from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.


 

 
The Sussex Bird Report No. 63 2010


Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in December 2011, the 2010 Sussex Bird Report gives full details of all species recorded in the County during the year. 281 pages in length, it consists of the following:

Sussex Bird Report
  • Review of 2010
  • Systematic List
  • Escapes and Feral Birds
  • First and Last Migrant Dates
  • Heathland Breeding Bird Tables
  • The Sussex Ringing Report 2010
  • Gannets off the Sussex Coast
  • Ashdown Forest Nightjar Survey 2010
  • Breeding Cormorant Survey 2010
  • Breeding Sand Martin Survey 2010
  • Terns of Rye Bay


Illustrated with a superb collection of colour photographs, some of Sussex rarities, the Report will be of considerable interest to all birders who live in or visit Sussex. Copies may be obtained (price £4.50 inc p & p) from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.


 

 
The Sussex Bird Report No. 62 2009


Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in November 2010 the 2009 Sussex Bird Report gives full details of all species recorded in the County during the year. 269 pages in length, it consists of the following:

Sussex Bird Report
  • Review of 2009
  • Systematic List
  • Escapes and Feral Birds
  • First and Last Migrant Dates
  • Heathland Breeding Birds Table
  • The Sussex Ringing Report 2009
  • Breeding Birds in ten West Sussex woodlands
  • The first recorded King Eider in Sussex
  • Curlew and Whimbrel in Rye Bay, 1970 - 2009
  • BBS population trends in Sussex, 1994 - 2009


Illustrated with a superb collection of colour photographs, some of Sussex rarities, the Report will be of considerable interest to all birders who live in or visit Sussex. Copies may be obtained (price £4.50 inc p & p) from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.


 

 
The Sussex Bird Report No. 61 2008


Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in December 2009 the 2008 Sussex Bird Report gives full details of all species recorded in the County during the year. 287 pages in length, it consists of the following:

Sussex Bird Report
  • Review of 2008
  • Systematic List
  • Escapes and Feral Birds
  • First and Last Migrant Dates
  • Heathland Breeding Birds Table
  • The Sussex Ringing Report 2008
  • Population trends of the Peregrine Falcon in Sussex
  • Ebernoe Common National Nature Reserve
  • Thirty Years at Charleston Reedbed
  • The River Warbler at Whitbread Hollow
  • Sussex results from the Non-estuarine Coastal Waterbird Survey 2006-2007
  • Sussex Gardens: good for birds or birdwatchers?


Illustrated with black-and-white vignettes and a superb collection of colour photographs, some of Sussex rarities, the Report will be of considerable interest to all birders who live in or visit Sussex. Copies may be obtained (price £4.50 inc p & p) from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.


 

 
The Sussex Bird Report No. 60 2007


Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in December 2008 the year 2007 Sussex Bird Report gives full details of all species recorded in the County during the year. 287 pages in length, it consists of the following:

Sussex Bird Report
  • Review of 2007
  • Systematic List
  • Escapes and Feral Birds
  • First and Last Migrant Dates
  • Heathland Breeding Birds Table
  • The Sussex Ringing Report 2007
  • The West Sussex Red Kite Study Area 2004-2007
  • Fluctuations in Auk numbers recorded off the Sussex Coast
  • Changes in Breeding Bird Populations on a Sussex Estate 1982-2006
  • Sussex results from the Non-estuarine Coastal Waterbird Survey 2006-2007
  • First record in the UK of a fertile mating between a wild female Peregrine Falcon and a hybrid male falcon of domestic origin


Illustrated with black-and-white vignettes and a superb collection of colour photographs, some of Sussex rarities, the Report will be of considerable interest to all birders who live in or visit Sussex. Copies may be obtained (price £4.50 inc p & p) from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.


 

 
The Sussex Bird Report No. 59 2006


Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in December 2007 the year 2006 Sussex Bird Report gives full details of all species recorded in the County during the year. 303 pages in length, it consists of the following:

Sussex Bird Report
  • Review of 2006
  • Systematic List
  • Escapes and Feral Birds
  • First and Last Migrant Dates
  • Heathland Breeding Birds Table
  • The Sussex Ringing Report 2006
  • Scarce Woodland Bird Survey 2005-2006
  • The Wood Lark Survey 2006
  • The Dartford Warbler Survey 2006
  • Distribution Maps and Population Trends
  • A review of the Results of WeBS in Sussex (part 2)


Illustrated with black-and-white vignettes and a superb collection of colour photographs, some of Sussex rarities, the Report will be of considerable interest to all birders who live in or visit Sussex. Copies may be obtained (price £4.50 inc p & p) from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.

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