It’s that time of year where we start to compile images taken throughout 2017 for the annual bird report. If you have taken any images last year (and in Sussex) that you would like to see included in the 2017 report, please send the high resolution/original to me with the species, location and date in […]
Those few remaining places have now been taken, so if there is anyone else wishing to come I will keep a waiting list and will contact them, maybe at short notice, if there is a cancellation. Hence, if anyone has booked and finds they are unable to come for any reason, please let me know […]
Please note that as at 29th December there are only a handful of places left, so if any members were planning to come, but have been tardy in sending their booking form & payment, please contact Val Bentley asap on chetsford@talk21com or 01273 494723. It will very soon be “waiting list” time!
In 2018 there will be a Sussex-only breeding Firecrest survey. The aims of this survey will be to estimate breeding densities of Firecrests in Sussex, to obtain a better undertstanding of their distribution in the county, and to find out in detail what kinds of habitats these birds are using. The survey will run in […]
With increasing numbers of Great White Egrets being seen in Sussex each year, the SOS Records Committee (SOSRC) and Scientific Committee have concluded that, as from 1 January 2018, descriptions/photos of this species will not be needed to support records in any part of the county. The Sussex Bird Report 2016 includes Great White Egret […]
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 […]
The Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre publishes an excellent annual report (see http://sxbrc.org.uk/biodiversity/publications/#adastra), to which the SOS contributes a section on birds. I have written this for bird records in 2016 and would be very grateful for a small number of good quality photos of birds photographed in Sussex in 2016, of any of the species […]
To read a brief update for the Wealden Heaths Breeding Bird Survey for 2017, click here and scroll down.
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 […]
We are currently involved in a PhD study investigating Hawfinch diet through faecal DNA analysis and in need of a reference DNA sample from a Hawfinch – the easiest way to obtain this is from a freshly dead (or fresh when frozen) bird or bird remains. If anyone comes across or hears about one (cat, […]