Surrey Hills AONB

Surrey Hills AONB

28/12/21

It may be of interest to Surrey Bird Club members that Natural England is conducting a formal boundary review for the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There has been a desire locally for many years for a review to decide whether additional areas adjacent to the existing AONB boundary should also be designated. They are asking for public contributions to assist the decision-making process.

Since AONBs are designated solely for their outstanding natural beauty, any decision about an extension to the Surrey Hills AONB boundary will be based on assessments of factors that relate directly to … Read more

Merry Christmas

Robin, London Wetland Centre, 24/04/17 (J Drewett)

22/12/21

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year to all members.

Photo: Robin, London Wetland Centre, 24/04/17 (J Drewett)

Tice’s Meadow Secure

Aerial view of Tice's Meadow (Kyle Russell)

18/12/21

A partnership of six councils has come together to support the purchase of the nature reserve and protect it as open space for the community. Surrey County Council, supported by funding from Hampshire County Council, Guildford Borough Council, Waverley Borough Council, Rushmoor Borough Council and Farnham Town Council, has bought Tice’s Meadow near Badshot Lea – on the outskirts of Farnham.

The land is 55 hectares (137 acres) of former quarry which is now fully restored as a nature reserve. It has been acquired from Hanson UK, and will become part of the Surrey County Council countryside estate. The … Read more

SBC Holmethorpe field trip 12/12/2021

Ring-necked Duck, Reigate (C Turner).

The next SBC field trip at Holmethorpe SP is going ahead on Sunday [12 December] despite being omitted from the latest edition of Birding Surrey. Here are more details and we hope to see you there. At the last field trip at Holmethorpe, the long-staying Ring-necked Duck was present there. Will it be this time? It’s currently nearby in Reigate, so fingers crossed!

Photo of Ring-Necked Duck at Reigate by C Turner

Changes to rarity list

Ruddy Duck (Heather Paul).

From 1/1/2022

Changes have been made to the list of species deemed vice-county rarities, outlined below. For the species added to the list, a full description is now required (written, photos and / or sound recording). These new additions are:

  • Ruddy Duck
  • Smew
  • Arctic Tern (outer Surrey only)
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Rock Pipit (outer Surrey only)
  • Water Pipit (away from Beddington Farmlands and the London Wetland Centre)

Meanwhile, Short-eared Owl no longer requires a full description in outer Surrey.

The changes are relevant as from 1 January 2022. You can download a rarity description form here. The latest batch of … Read more

2021 AGM

Black Redstart, Weybourne (J Hunt).

The 2021 Annual General Meeting took place on Friday 10 September at East Horsley village hall.

The Club was pleased to present a talk from Adrian Thomas titled ‘an evening of birdsong’ the talk commencing after the AGM. Adrian has been with the RSPB for 21 years and writes for the organisation about wildlife gardening.

The meet time is 7.45 pm, with the AGM starting from 8 pm. The full address is East Horsley village hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6QT.

Discounted book offer

WTWB Social Media Card

Hampshire Recorder Keith Betton has arranged a discount for SBC members for his new book, an updated version of the classic Where to Watch Birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The publication date is scheduled to be 28 October, but it is available for pre-orders now.

For 30% off Where to Watch Birds in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, use the discount code WTWB30 at www.bloomsbury.com.

Jeff Wheatley 1933-2021

We are sorry to announce the death of Jeff Wheatley, a Club Vice-President and huge contributor in so many respects. Jeff was not only County Recorder from 1983 to 2010, but was also the Surrey Bird Report Editor until 1994. In addition, Jeff prepared all of the maps for the Surrey Bird Atlas 2007-2012 and hosted and co-ordinated all Records Committee meetings for many years. As well as this, Jeff was also the author of the authoritative Birds of Surrey which was published by the Club in 2007. A full obituary will be published in the next issue of Birding Surrey. The Committee’s thoughts go … Read more

BirdTrack Training

Golden Plover, 26/05/20 (D Harris)

The BTO are kindly providing training on BirdTrack to the Surrey region via Zoom at 7pm on Tuesday 30th March.

The talk will cover a basic introduction to what BirdTrack is, how to add a record via the website and how to use the App. The talk will also cover looking at your own records and Recent Sightings to see what is in your area.

To register for this event, contact

Photo of Golden Plover by D Harris

Tice’s Meadow update

Cattle Egrets, Tice's Meadow (C Varndell).

Tice’s Meadow have applied for a grant from Surrey County Council’s Your Fund scheme.

If successful, the grant would be used to buy Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve and place it in trust (or similar arrangements) for the benefit of the local community. The first stage of the scheme involves gathering public support. A detailed business case will then have to be submitted in February.

You can register your support by ‘liking’ their submission on the Your Fund Surrey map.

Photo of Cattle Egrets by C Varndell