Author: Chris Brown

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 jadie.baker@forestryengland.uk. The survey methodology is not exactly the same as for the BBS, but is easy to use.

Q and A: Jim Glover Talk

This was another very well attended talk with lots of questions (see SOS YouTube channel). Only two questions were left over and Jim has kindly answered these below.   Question Answer(s) 1 You mentioned Hen Harrier. What are the conservation objectives at Pulborough, for this species? It is quite a while since I was responsible […]

Q and A: Honey-buzzard Talk

This was another well-attended talk with lots of questions. A few questions were missed due to lack of time or answered incompletely and these are addressed below. Please see also question 14, with a corrected answer compared to what was stated in the talk.   Question Answer(s) 1 Do honey buzzards eat bees as well […]

SOS Marsh Tit survey 2021

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 […]

Q and A: Henfield Talk

Just one unanswered question from Mike Russell’s talk on Henfield and its birds (now on our YouTube channel).   Question Answer(s) 1 Has the Henfield Bird Group been able to bring about any habitat improvements in the area or influence any local landowners to manage their land for nature? Henfield Birdwatch hasn’t liaised directly with […]

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