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Author: Chris Brown

Website Migration – again…

…well not exactly again as it never happened last week, contrary to my previous post. There are still one or two issues I’d like to resolve before we do switch over to its new location but the actual timing of the change may be out of my control. So, as before, please be patient if […]

Migration – Website, not Avian

Over the next day or so this website will be moved from its current hosting space to a new provider. During that time you might experience some odd behaviour. Pictures in sightings or entire sightings might go missing. The site might disappear for a while. You might get a worrying-looking message telling you that the […]

Warnham Local Nature Reserve Visitor Survey

We are currently carrying out a visitor survey at Warnham Local Nature Reserve and we would like your views of the Reserve. Your views will help shape the future of Horsham town’s only designated nature reserve and give us the opportunity to improve your visitor experience. It is so important to have local support for […]

Farmland bird surveyors needed in West Sussex

The RSPB is six years into a programme of monitoring farmland birds across over thirty farms on the South Downs to see how populations respond on a landscape scale to habitat management advice. We are looking for two additional bird surveyors with good identification skills and preferably some experience of territory mapping to undertake four […]

RSPB Brighton Swift Survey 2018

Following our successful first city-wide survey last year, which helped identify 76 nest sites for Brighton Swifts, we are now planning our 2018 survey, which aims to build on the data gathered last year and to work to protect and expand existing colonies. We’ll be looking to do deeper work in our ‘hot-spot’ areas as […]

Sussex Bird Report Editorial Team

We are looking for a volunteer to assist with the typesetting of the Bird Report. Ideally this would be someone familiar with desktop publishing InDesign (or who would be willing to learn). The main effort falls in the autumn when completed, agreed and proofread texts and photographs are available. Anyone interested should contact Peter Plant […]

Swifts need your help in 2018

Swifts are now Amber listed as Birds of Conservation Concern and their decline is principally due to changes humans have made to their nesting sites in man-made buildings. Many changes have taken place since I took over the paperwork 10 years ago. SOS member Graham Roberts was very active during the 1980s and 1990s in […]

Hawfinch Diet Project

We are currently involved in a PhD study investigating Hawfinch diet through faecal DNA analysis and in need of a reference DNA sample from a Hawfinch – the easiest way to obtain this is from a freshly dead (or fresh when frozen) bird or bird remains. If anyone comes across or hears about one (cat, […]

Species Account Writers for 2017 Bird Report

We will shortly be finishing the production of the 2016 Bird Report in time for distribution from the printers before Christmas as usual. However we are looking to augment our wonderful team of volunteer species account writers for the 2017 report. If you are interested in the analysis of the Society’s records and helping to […]

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