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Author: Chris Brown

Swifts – April 2020

We can’t go very far to see birds right now but we can be glad there’s no virus stopping avian globetrotting. Birds are still coming to us, as ever. After the months of anticipation, the pace at which one species after another floods in still surprises each year. Most of our spring migrants are in […]

The Swift Report for 2019

For a second year Swifts experienced cold and wet weather as they migrated north out of Africa into Europe across the Mediterranean, and many birds died from cold and starvation. Eventually our birds arrived back to their nesting sites and by June and July breeding was being documented in Birdtrack, with six figure grid references. […]

Scarce Breeding Birds

The breeding season is already underway for some birds. Please respect the special protection for species listed in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (see list here). For scarce breeding species in Sussex, please consider carefully the risks of disturbance before reporting sightings on social media, including this website, unless the sites […]

SOS Marsh Tit survey 2020

SOS Marsh Tit survey 2020 Background Both Marsh Tit and Willow Tit, the two Poecile species in Sussex, have declined nationally. The later species is the second fastest declining species in the UK, after Turtle Dove, having declined by 93% since the 1960s. A Sussex survey for Willow Tit in 2019 failed to find a […]

2020 SOS Conference

We are now taking bookings for the Annual Conference on Saturday 25th January 2020. The booking form was sent to members with the Autumn newsletter, but in case you have mislaid yours, a copy is available by clicking here. Please note that the Conference is for SOS members only.

Swifts – The birds you can help!

A message from Edward Mayer: Dear Swift Friends, Please do come and meet me and listen to my talk about Swifts and how you can help them! It’s at the amazing Booth Museum in Brighton this Friday 21 June at 2pm. Book your seat by clicking here and see you there! Best wishes, Edward www.swift-conservation.org

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