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Author: Val Bentley

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 […]

New Year Bird Race

Yes, it really is nearly 2018 and time to gird up your metaphorical loins for another Race.  The 2017 Race was really successful, with 17 teams taking part, and a total of £2,525,35 given in donations. Ted Merrikin, our Treasurer, was very diligent in hunting down Gift Aid, so the final total raised for conservation […]

SOS Conference Saturday Jan 27th 2018

A reminder that the Annual Conference for SOS members is at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath on 27th January next year. The speakers are:   Mark Avery Title: An End to Raptor Persecution in our Uplands Mark Avery was Conservation Director at the RSPB for 13 years and is now an environmental campaigner famous for fighting to […]