SOS Publications


Sussex Bird Report

The BTO ran a national competition for the Best Annual Bird Report up until the bird reports for 2004. There were usually about 50 differing county bird reports being judged each year, and the Sussex Bird Report did very well in this competition. The 2004 Sussex Bird Report was judged joint best, our 2003 Report was judged 4th best and our 2001 and 2002 Reports were both judged equal 3rd best.








New members receive a free copy of the latest Sussex Bird Report as well as the one published during their year of membership. Non-members can purchase a copy for £13 (includes P & P) from Val Bentley, Lanacre, Blackgate Lane, Henfield BN5 9HA Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society


Publications for Members

Members receive four issues of the SOS Newsletter each year.The Winter 2020 edition has recently been published. It includes all the latest on birding in Sussex, Society news, sightings for the period August to October 2020, articles and contributions from Society members as well of details of events for members such as mid-week walks etc.

Instead of receiving their printed quarterly newsletter through the post, members can choose to get it as a PDF file via email. Not only does this save paper (and reduce printing costs for the Society) but the electronic version, from time to time, contains more pages (including more photos of Sussex birds, taken by members) than the printed version.


If you would like to take a look at the electronic version, you can download the Summer 2020 edition by clicking here. If you would like to switch from paper to electronic newsletter, contact



Members also receive their annual copy of the award-winning Sussex Bird Report.


To download a membership application form, click here



Sussex Bird Atlas 2007-11 maps CD

Unfortunately our 2007-11 avifauna, The Birds of Sussex, is now out of print but, after the four years of detailed fieldwork in Sussex by hundreds of volunteers, all of the results of the Sussex Bird Atlas 2007-11 project are available in this digital CD publication. Winter and breeding season distribution maps for most species occurring in Sussex are presented alongside historical maps redrawn from the results of previous atlas fieldwork in Sussex. Relative abundance maps are also included, as well as maps demonstrating changes in distributions over time. With an original cover design by Sussex artist Robert Greenhalf, Sussex Bird Atlas 2007-11: The Maps contains over 2000 maps in indexed PDF files, together with introductory text and other supporting data and information. This publication is available in return for a small donation (suggested £5) to the Sussex Ornithological Society to help cover the CD printing costs.

Update – November 2017

We have now sold all copies of this CD so it is no longer available.



The Society’s former avifauna, Birds of Sussex (James 1996) has long been out of print, but it is now available as a free PDF.

Click here to download it




DVD of Sussex Bird Reports and other Publications 1948 – 2010


This remarkable compilation by John Newnham contains every Sussex Bird Report from 1948 to 2010, plus the 1996 “Birds of Sussex” and the publication “Birds of Sussex 1962-1987”.

There is a helpful index to papers in those Sussex Bird Reports published by the Sussex Ornithological Society since its formation in 1962. There is also a ‘Help’ guide to aid use of the disc. The DVD provides a fascinating and detailed record of how the status of our birds has fluctuated over this period and serves also as a record of the dedication of Sussex birdwatchers during these years. The DVD is available for £5 plus £1.50 p&p from:

Ted Merrikin
Barns Farm Lane
W. Sussex RH20 4AH

If you would like a copy, please send a cheque for £6.50 and include your name and address. Alternatively you can pay by Bank Transfer to the Sussex Ornithological Society account at Barclays Bank, Sort code 20-12-75, Account number 50660663 and email Ted at confirming that you have done this, again giving your name and address.



Sussex Bird Reports























Published by the Sussex Ornithological Society in November/December, the annual bird report contains:

    • a review of the year
    • the systematic list
    • escapes and feral birds
    • first and last migrant dates
    • heathland breeding birds table
    • the sussex ringing report
    • other reports and scientific papers

Back copies can be purchased from John Trowell, Lorrimer, Main Road, Icklesham, Winchelsea, TN36 4BS ( Cheques made payable to Sussex Ornithological Society.

Prices, including p&p, are: 2019, 2016, 2014, £13. 2013, 2012, 2011 £9. 2010 and earlier £4.50.
Please note that 2015, 2017 and 2018 are now unavailable.