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Farmland bird surveyors needed in West Sussex

The RSPB is six years into a programme of monitoring farmland birds across over thirty farms on the South Downs to see how populations respond on a landscape scale to habitat management advice. We are looking for two additional bird surveyors with good identification skills and preferably some experience of territory mapping to undertake four […]

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 […]

Annual woodcock monitoring

New volunteers in Sussex are being sought to help to monitor national breeding woodcock numbers. Annual monitoring of roding woodcocks has taken place at a number of sites across the UK each year since 2003; a summary of the results can be found at http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/woodcock-survey/results. Three visits to a site are required between 1st May […]

Sussex breeding Firecrest survey: update

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 […]

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 […]

Sussex Bird Report Editorial Team

We are looking for a volunteer to assist with the typesetting of the Bird Report. Ideally this would be someone familiar with desktop publishing InDesign (or who would be willing to learn). The main effort falls in the autumn when completed, agreed and proofread texts and photographs are available. Anyone interested should contact Peter Plant […]

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 […]

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