Changes to rarity list

Wood Warbler, Hascombe, 26/08/2019 (E Stubbs)

Changes have been made to the list of species deemed vice-county rarities, with Great Egret removed and Wood Warbler added.

The changes mean that photos, sound recordings and / or a description are no longer required for Great Egret records, but they will now be needed for Wood Warbler. These changes are in effect for all records from 1 January 2020 onwards.

In keeping with the national trend, Great Egret is now a regular – if somewhat sporadic – visitor, usually between the months of June and December. By the end of 2010 there had been merely 11 vice-county records; … Read more

Tice’s Meadow under threat

The communities of Farnham, Badshot Lea and Aldershot have six months to save Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve. The multi-award winning wildlife haven is under threat, and the volunteers of the Tice’s Meadow Bird Group are warning that the clock is ticking, with an unknown potential buyer in final negotiations to buy the 150 acre site in Badshot Lea.

Landowners Hanson, operators of the former Farnham Quarry, formally notified Waverley Borough Council of their intention to sell the site on Tuesday 3rd November. Due to the site’s status as an Asset of Community Value (under the Localism Act 2011), community interest … Read more

Field meetings update

Great Egret, Molesey Heath (D Harris).

The field meetings programme has been suspended in the light of the stricter coronavirus rules coming into force on 5 November 2020. 

The position will be reviewed in the light of what rules are put in place after 2 December 2020.

Photo of Great Egret by D Harris

2017 Surrey Bird Club report out now

sbr 2017 front cover

The 2017 Surrey Bird Report is available now and has been posted to all members. Non-members can purchase a copy for £10 plus £1.50 p&p.

The report includes accounts of the 207 species seen in the county, a summary of ringing activity and an article detailing the irruption of Hawfinches in 2017.

The full content list and details of how to order are here.

AGM update

Mallard, London Wetland Centre, Barnes 30/07/20 (J Drewett)

The Committee has decided that, unfortunately, it is not practical to hold the AGM At East Horsley Village Hall on Friday 25th September.  Instead of holding a virtual one, the Committee has decided to deal with the AGM by way of online voting (or paper forms for those members without an email address)m with members being asked to raise any issues by 12 pm on Friday 9th September with the Membership Secretary (via ). 

If any member has not received a link to an online voting form or a postal voting form by 20th August 2020, please contact the … Read more

Woking Peregrine Project book

2020 has been another successful year for the Woking Peregrines.  The Woking Peregrines Project (WPP) has been running for 5 years and is hoping to raise sufficient interest/funds to enable the publication of a WPP book, documenting the first five years of the project.  If you are interested in supporting the publication of the book (or indeed buying the book if published), please visit the WPP website:

Field meetings update

We have scheduled meetings for August and September (subject to appropriate lifting of COVID-19 restrictions). You can find full details here.

Photo of Garganey by D Harris

Magazine back issues

Ringed Plover, 20/05/20 (D Harris)

Back issues of British Birds and all the Birding World magazines dating back to 1987 are available, with a donation to Surrey Bird Club suggested if anyone wants a lot of them.

If you are interested, then please contact Kevin Allen.

Photo of Ringed Plover by D Harris

Where to see Spotted Flycatcher in Surrey

Spotted Flycatcher has undergone a wretched modern-day decline, with Breeding Bird Survey data showing a breeding population drop of 39% between 1995 and 2016. This is part of a staggering longer-term decline of 87 per cent since 1970, a trend that is recognisable in the steady drop in numbers in Surrey. The results of initial research indicate that more Spotted Flycatchers are dying during the first year of their lives and that this increased mortality is likely to be behind the population decline.

Despite this rather bleak outlook, and the fact there has been a steady decline in the county, … Read more

New date for AGM

Reed Warbler, Stoke Lake, Guildford 02/05/20 (J Sellen)

In view of the likelihood that some restrictions due to the Coronavirus are likely to remain in place for several months, the AGM originally due to tak place on 26 June has been rearranged for Friday, 25 September at the same venue, East Horsley village hall. 

You can find further details here.


Photo of Reed Warbler by James Sellen