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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 […]

Hawfinch Diet Project

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, […]

Sussex breeding Firecrest survey 2018

In 2018 there will be a Sussex-only breeding Firecrest survey. The aims of this survey will be to estimate how many breeding pairs of Firecrests there are 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 […]

Species Account Writers for 2017 Bird Report

We will shortly be finishing the production of the 2016 Bird Report in time for distribution from the printers before Christmas as usual. However we are looking to augment our wonderful team of volunteer species account writers for the 2017 report. If you are interested in the analysis of the Society’s records and helping to […]

Sussex winter rock pipit survey

There was a Sussex survey for rock pipits last winter and this survey will be running again this winter. The focus of this Sussex-only survey is the counting of numbers of rock pipits along defined stretches of coast, covering all coastal and estuarine habitats. The aim of the survey is to gain more information about […]

White Storks

The recent increase in reports of White Storks in Sussex is linked to a project to release birds into the wild in southern England. Further information is available on the Knepp Estate website. Some of the birds are able to fly and the SOS Records Committee (SOSRC) will therefore only assess records of this species […]

The New Website

As you can see, the new site is now live. I hope you think it’s an improvement – it should be a lot easier for us to support than the old one. If you encounter any problems, spot any errors, or have suggestions for improvements, please let me know at

Cetti’s warbler records requested

There is a Sussex-only breeding Cetti’s warbler survey running this year, aiming to update our understanding of the distribution of breeding Cetti’s warblers in Sussex, to enable the calculation of a county population estimate, and to provide information on the habitat preferences of breeding Cetti’s warblers in Sussex. The survey mainly involves visits by volunteers […]

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