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Welcome to the Sussex Ornithological Society


stonechatFormed in 1962 by a small group of young people, the Sussex Ornithological Society has grown to become one of the largest county bird clubs in Great Britain with a current membership of around 2000. Read about our Strategy.

Members receive quarterly newsletters and a copy of the award-winning annual Sussex Bird Report. Join us!


This is why we’re here:

  • To record and study wild birds in Sussex
  • To assist in the conservation of the wild birds of Great Britain
  • To encourage by the use of meetings, books, outings etc, the study of birds in the field and ornithological science in general, the education of our members and the general public in ornithological science, and the need for the protection of wild birds and their habitats


Until we are able to resume our regular programme of outings, we are offering an exciting series of virtual talks. The first were at the Annual Conference and a series is now running until at least March. Click here to see previous talks and here to view upcoming talks.




Simon Biddle has written a fascinating account of the first 50 years of the SOS.

Click here to download a copy.




We collect thousands of records each year, from which we produce our annual bird report.

Find out how to submit your records.



We have a Recent Sightings page. Find out what’s around in Sussex at the moment.


We support projects which help preserve wild birds in Sussex.ferry-pool

These vary from funding bird boxes to land purchases.

If you have a project which meets our objectives then download a Grant Application form by clicking here

We have also set up the SOS Avifauna Award which makes funds available for small local projects.

So your subscription and support can help make a real difference.