Tice’s Meadow under threat


Thanks to the hard work of the Tice’s Meadow Bird Group (TMBG) and other local organisations, Tice’s Meadow is now one of the premier birding sites in Surrey. 

All that hard work could be undone following a decision by Hansons, the gravel extraction company, to sell the site.  Although Tice’s has to be maintained as a nature reserve for a fixed period, there is no stipulation about how the site should be managed.  Hansons have told TMBG that they will make no test of the new owner’s suitability for managing a nature reserve, the new owner will be under no … Read more

Field meeting at Leith Hill

Osprey, Thursley Common (S Ferguson).

Join the next field meeting, on Sunday 27 October, for a morning of visible migration (vis-mig), from the highest point in south-east England.

A group of birders have watched from the tower for the past few years, notching up some impressive counts of migrating birds (including thrushes and finches) along with scoring several Surrey rarities, such as Great Skuas, Common Scoter, Gannet and Great Grey Shrike.

Full details, including where and when to meet, are here.

Records Committee decisions

Great Egret, Richmond Park (D Muthalib).

The Surrey Bird Club Records Committee held their annual meeting in March, when many excellent records were considered, including two county firsts. You can find full details here.

Great Egret photo supplied by D Muthalib

Surrey list

Brent Goose, Tice's Meadow (E Stubbs).

The complete list of all bird species recorded in the vice-county of Surrey has been updated, up to May 2019. You can find it here.

Photo: Brent Goose, E Stubbs

Peregrines

All five of the juvenile Peregrines at Woking have now fledged. An adult and one of the juveniles can be seen in this photo, taken by James Sellen on 15 June.

Want to learn more about this species? Come to East Horsley Village Hall on Friday night to hear Keith Betton’s Return of the Peregrine talk. Here are more details. Free entry and you do not need to be a member to come along.

Nightingales

Photo: Nightingale, Shaun Ferguson

Our County Recorder has written an article about where you might find Nightingales in Surrey.  If you find one singing please do let the County Recorder know.  See 3 Ways to Submit

Photo: Nightingale, Shaun Ferguson

Woking Peregrines

Woking Peregrine chick, 15/05/2019, (Craig Denford)

The five chicks are still doing well and were colour-ringed yesterday. Join us in Woking’s Jubilee Square on Saturday (18th May) between 10 am and 4 pm where we hope to see both parents flying in with food. We will have a telescope looking at the ledge outside the nest area, as well as an iPad so that you can see what is happening inside the nest too. In the meantime, you can see what is happening now.

Photo: Woking Peregrine chick, Craig Denford 15/05/2019

Website Comments

Relaunched website proves popular

Here are some of the comments

“It looks terrific”, “Love the new website”, ” It looks terrific, a great step forward “, “A big fat well done to all involved!”

However the website team would love to have some more recent images to add to the relaunched website so please do e-mail your bird photos to ku.gro.bulcdribyerrusnull@retsambew

And, if you have news you would like to have included on this page, please contact 
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Photo: Wood Warbler, Dave Carlsson

24 March 2019

Jay at Pulborough Brooks 24/03/2019 (Sean Ellis)

The field trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks was a great success. Sixty-five species seen in all with lots of singing Chiffchaff. Sixteen members and three non-members had a great time with many staying on to enjoy the great food at the café where it was warm enough to sit outside.

Photo: Jay at RSPB Pulborough Brooks 24/03/2019,
Sean Ellis