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Author: Val Bentley

Late arrival of Swifts back to the UK

It would appear that the bad weather conditions in the Mediterranean area are the main cause of Swifts being held up at present – 18th May.  Wet and windy conditions are being reported through the Swifts Local Network  and causing members from all over the British Isles to be concerned that many of their local […]

Brighton Swift City Urban Nature Caseworker

As part of the effort to protect Brighton’s vulnerable Swift population, the RSPB is looking for someone in the Brighton & Hove area to monitor planning applications which could offer opportunities to incorporate nesting spaces for Swifts and other at-risk urban species and encourage the local authority to press for inclusion of such measures in […]

Nightingales in a Sussex Wood -BBC Radio

Thought members and others might be interested in the following: On the 7 May BBC from 00.30 to 03.30 Radio 3 will be broadcasting a Slow Radio experience – the sounds of Nightingales recorded in a Sussex wood this April. Four musicians spent the night in the woods responding musically to the sounds of nightingales […]

Annual General Meeting – Saturday 7th April

The AGM will be at the Adastra Hall, Hassocks on 7th April at 2.30 pm. Following the formal business, which will hopefully not take too long, there will be a short refreshment break and then our President, Alan Perry, will talk about a subject dear to his heart. Alan has been leading the West Sussex Wealden Heaths’ […]

“The Birds of Sussex” wins BB/BTO national award

The Sussex Ornithological Society (SOS) is thrilled to announce that its publication The Birds of Sussex (2014) has been been judged the winner of the “BB/BTO Best Local Bird Atlas of the Year 2007-2017” This Award recognises the outstanding contribution that The Birds of Sussex has made to our understanding of birds in the county. The publication – known […]

Operation Wallacea request

This may be of interest  – if so, please, check the organisation’s website and make direct contact with them (from Toby Farman of Operation Wallacea) “I work for the organisation Operation Wallacea who carry out biodiversity monitoring in a number of different regions of the world during the months of June and July. We’re currently […]

Society Awards

Since 2005 the Society has been presenting annual awards for both exceptional service (President’s Award), and long service (Stonechat Award). This year the President’s Award went to Chris Brown for his work redesigning this website – well done and many thanks Chris. Stonechat Awards were presented at the Conference to Andrew House, Richard Lowe, and […]

Brent Goose Survey – Urgent Response please

Surveyors urgently needed at Pagham We need volunteers for a survey which, we hope, will lead to some very tangible outcomes. The foraging areas for wintering Brent Geese are under pressure around Pagham Harbour from development – pressures that will only increase in the years to come.   SOS is working with RSPB and Natural England […]

New Year Bird Race

This really should be the final list from the (now) 17 teams who took part in the Bird Race this year: 123 Splash Pointers (Matt Eade, Derek Barber & Bob Self) 102 Team@SussexBirding (Lee Beadell & Alistair Gray) 101 Midhurst Martlets (Hugh Horne, Peter Davis, Peter Plant, Gary Trew) 94  Mike’s Mergansers (Jan Jupp, Lesley […]

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