SOS webinars

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Sussex Ornithological Society has arranged a series of free online webinars for the winter months and Surrey Bird Club members are welcome to attend. The next one of these is entitled :

Raptor persecution and its impact: RSPB Wildlife Crime Unit

Tuesday 21 February 2023, 7 pm

The RSPB team are keen to reach out to birders on how to act and what to do if they come across something ‘suspicious’ in the field. Case studies will be mentioned from Southern England during the presentation.

Further details can be found at:

Sussex Ornithological Society’s online webinars | Eventbrite


Montreal COP15

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Biodiversity is hard to measure, poorly understood, mobile, mostly invisible and inherently complex. The last COP9 agreement, from 2010, was an abject failure, where not a single target was reached. A key focus of the recent Montreal global biodiversity conference, COP15 (held jointly with Kunming, China), was ‘30×30’: protecting at least 30% of land and sea by 2030.

Just before Christmas, the meeting secured an historic global framework (The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework) to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by 2030.  This was apparently forced through by the Chinese president, ignoring objections from some African states who wanted … Read more


Surrey Bird Club would like to remind birders of the dangers of the theft of birding equipment from cars and even the risk of mugging. Unlike most other personal possessions, our equipment is easily visible to casual observers and valuable items become an obvious target for the ruthless who are out to make quick and easy money, regardless of the impact on others. The well-known bird watching sites and car parks, often quite remote, are a convenient focus for these activities.

There are a number of recommendations which it is worth considering at the start of a new year.

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January 2023

Tuesday 31st

Jack Snipe, Beddington Farmlands (I Jones).
Jack Snipe, Beddington Farmlands (I Jones).

Beddington Farmlands: Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper and 4 Shelduck (I Jones/A Wilkinson).

Bisley: male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (A Clifford).

Effingham Forest: 7 Hawfinches at Dick Focks Common (BirdGuides).

Holmethorpe SP: Mediterranean Gull on Water Colour Lagoon 2 (N Hadden).

London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Water Pipit, female Goldeneye and 2 Shelduck (M Bravery/C Dewhurst/A Wilkinson).

Monday 30th

Cutt Mill Ponds: 2 drake and 2 redhead Goosander (D Smith).

Effingham Forest: 4+ Hawfinches at Dick Focks Common (M White).

Frimley: Hawfinch briefly by community centre on … Read more