Author: Chris Brown

The 2021 national Turtle Dove survey

“The national survey hopes to mobilise volunteers, farmers, study groups, county bird clubs and other organisations to record turtle dove across their UK range. The results of the survey will give us a comprehensive overview of the current size and distribution of the UK’s breeding turtle dove population. This will allow us to assess the […]

Rare Breeding Birds

The Rare Breeding Birds Panel has updated the guidance on its website regarding the reporting of sensitive rare breeding birds during the breeding season – see here – and there is a blog here. Please familiarise yourself with this advice. For Sussex, Marsh Harrier, Woodlark and Dartford Warbler should be treated in the same way. […]

SOS Annual General Meeting 2021

The Sussex Ornithological Society Annual General Meeting will be held by Zoom on Friday 7th May 2021 at 7pm. Members of Sussex Ornithological Society are invited to attend and vote at the Zoom AGM (if you have not already voted by post or email). If you would like to be sent a Zoom link then […]

SOS Marsh Tit Survey 2021 Update

The 2020 Marsh Tit survey had to be abandoned mid-way through 2020 due to the first Covid-19 lockdown. Nevertheless 29 squares were surveyed, although in some of these only one of the two planned visits were made. The survey has now been cautiously restarted in a manner consistent with government rules and BTO guidance. All […]

Virtual Talks Update

The SOS is grateful to all the guest speakers who helped us through lockdown with their fascinating talks. We hope you were able to watch them and of course if you missed them you can still watch on our YouTube channel. With the coming of spring, we are pausing these events, but check upcoming talks  […]

Q and A: Dr Mark Eaton Talk

Dr Mark Eaton’s talk on the work of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel is now available to watch on the SOS YouTube channel and his answers to a few extra questions are below.   Question Answer(s) 1 As a species that is fairly common as a breeder in the SE why is the Peregrine on […]

Forestry England Survey Volunteers Needed

Forestry England are looking for volunteers to survey a number of their woodlands in Sussex. A list of sites can be seen here. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Jadie Baker at The survey methodology is not exactly the same as for the BBS, but is easy to use.

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