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 the county of Sussex
  • To assist in the conservation of the wild birds of Great Britain
  • To engage, inspire and educate people to enjoy, appreciate and understand birds and their habitats




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

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