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.

September 2020

COVID-19: please continue to follow the latest government guidelines on social distancing and exercising outdoors.

Tuesday 22nd

Crossbill, Leith Hill (W Attridge).
Crossbill, Leith Hill (W Attridge).

Banstead: 2 Redwings flew north-west (S Gale).

Beddington Farmlands: Yellow-legged Gull, Red-crested Pochard, 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers (C Albanese).

Cranleigh: Whinchat at Cranleigh Nurseries (R Stride).

Leith Hill: 5 Ring Ouzels (2 north of Coldharbour cricket pitch and 3 south-west over tower); also 1,475 House Martins, Woodlark, Tree Pipit and 281 Meadow Pipits south and 100+ Crossbills about (W Attridge/E & P Hunter/P Mattos).

Little Woodcote: possible Merlin flew south … Read more

August 2020

COVID-19: please continue to follow the latest government guidelines on social distancing and exercising outdoors.

Monday 31st

Yellow Wagtails, Island Barn Reservoir (C Turner).
Yellow Wagtails, Island Barn Reservoir (C Turner).

Badshot Lea: Great Egret at Badshot Lea Ponds (J Hunt).

Beddington Farmlands: Red-crested Pochard (I Jones).

Birtley Green: Whinchat at Bonhurst Farm (E Stubbs).

Cranleigh: 3 Whinchats at Holdhurst Farm; also 3 Spotted Flycatchers at Uttworth Manor and Redstart at Great Garson (R Stride).

Crooksbury Common: Spotted Flycatcher and 20+ Crossbills (P Bamford).

Dorking: Tree Pipit over Milton Court Farm (M Davis).

Holmethorpe SP: 2 Whinchats at The Moors; … Read more

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 ku.gro.bulcdribyerrusnull@pihsrebmem). 

If any member has not received a link to an online voting form or a postal voting form by 20th August 2020, please … 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: www.wokingperegrines.com/book/

July 2020

COVID-19: please continue to follow the latest government guidelines on social distancing and exercising outdoors.

Friday 31st

Great Egret, Tice's Meadow (J Hunt).
Great Egret, Tice’s Meadow (J Hunt).

Capel: 2+ Crossbills flew over (W Attridge).

Chelsea & Lambeth Reservoirs: 14 Green Sandpipers (C Turner).

Thursley Common: 16 Crossbills flew over (D Brassington).

Tice’s Meadow: Great Egret still; also Greenshank, Dunlin, 8 Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpiper (K Britten/J Hunt).

Weyburn Meadows: 5 Crossbills flew over (E Stubbs).

Thursday 30th

Greenshank and Green Sandpiper, Tice's Meadow (S Ferguson).
Greenshank and Green Sandpiper, Tice’s Meadow (S Ferguson).

Leith Hill: 16 Crossbills over tower (M Davis/M Phelps).

Newchapel: 2 … Read more

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

June 2020

COVID-19: please continue to follow the latest government guidelines on social distancing and exercising outdoors.

Tuesday 30th

Tice’s Meadow: Oystercatcher flew over and Redshank in The Workings (J Brough).

Monday 29th

Beddington Farmlands: Redshank (A Wasley).

London Wetland Centre: 2 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers and Common Sandpiper (WWT).

Sunday 28th

Black Redstart, Epsom Downs (K Lelliott).
Black Redstart, Epsom Downs (K Lelliott).

Epsom Downs: juvenile Black Redstart (K Lelliott).

Thursley Common: 2 Crossbills (P Osborn).

Tice’s Meadow: 2 Redshanks and Common Sandpiper (J Brough).

Saturday 27th

The Hurtwood: 5 Crossbills (J Gates).

Tice’s Meadow: 2 Redshanks and Common Sandpiper … Read more

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