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Join the Sussex Ornithological Society

Please note that you can use this page to become a new member or to renew your existing membership for another year.


leafletcoverWhether you are a newcomer to birdwatching, an expert, or somewhere in between – if you have an interest in the birds of Sussex, we can help you further your knowledge and enjoyment.

Who are we?

The Sussex Ornithological Society was formed in 1962 to promote the recording, study, conservation and enjoyment of birds in Sussex.

What do we do?

Provide information on birds in Sussex and bird watching outings in the area for new and experienced birders.

Encourage our members to keep records of birds seen in Sussex.

Maintain a county database of bird records and advise and comment on bird conservation in Sussex.


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Membership entitles you to:

Quarterly Newsletters

With news of recent sightings, articles by members and forthcoming events to keep everyone in touch

The Sussex Bird Report

A free copy of the Society’s award-winning annual Bird Report with a full list of birds seen in Sussex

Annual Meetings

The chance to attend our Annual Conference in January as well as our AGM in April where members have the opportunity to meet and hear details of the Society’s current work, and to enjoy talks by local and national experts

Field Outings

Join in field outings led by expert bird watchers visiting various parts of East and west Sussex, plus nearby counties. These outings help both the beginner and the expert to improve their birdwatching skills

Records and Surveys

An opportunity to take part in county and national surveys, and to have your own bird records incorporated into our annual Bird Report.

How to Join / Renew

Subscriptions fall due on 1st January each year. If you join on or after 1st November your subscription will run till 31st December the following year. All members receive a free copy of the quarterly newsletter and the annual Sussex Bird Report except for joint/family membership, where members must live at the same address and will receive one copy between them.

Current rates are as follows:

Individual Annual Membership £14.00 pa
Joint/Family Annual Membership £17.00 pa
Student/Under 21 Annual Membership £ 4.50 pa
Individual Life Membership £200
Joint/Family Life Membership £250


View the online membership guide