June 2020

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

Wednesday 3rd

Leith Hill: 20+ Crossbills flew over tower; also Lesser Redpoll (W Attridge/M Davis).

Thursley Common: 3 Crossbills flew over (D Brassington).

Tice’s Meadow: Oystercatcher (K Duncan).

Tuesday 2nd

Redshanks and Little Ringed Plover, Holmethorpe SP (G Hay).
Redshanks and Little Ringed Plover, Holmethorpe SP (G Hay).

Dorking: 2 Crossbills flew over (M Davis).

Holmethorpe SP: 2 Redshank and Little Ringed Plover on Spyne’s Mere (G Hay).

Monday 1st

Beddington Farmlands: 2 Shelduck (K Guest).

Ewell: at least one Bee-eater heard seemingly heading east over farmland … 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

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

Field meetings cancelled

Moorhens, River Wey, Guildford, 24/04/20 (J Sellen)

Our June field meetings have now been cancelled because of the Coronavirus.  We hope to resume field meetings in August if the restrictions have eased sufficiently by then.   

Details will be provided nearer the time.

Photo of Moorhens by James Sellen

Survey cancelled

Photo: Nightingale, Shaun Ferguson

Following the earlier decision to cancel the first part of the planned survey of Chiddingfold Forest this spring, a survey of Nightingales, the Club and the Sussex Ornithological Society have decided that the second part of the survey, a survey of Turtle Doves, should also be cancelled.  The intention is to carry out the whole of the survey next year. 

Our thanks to all who volunteered, and we hope you that you will take part next year.  

Photo of Nightingale by Shaun Ferguson

2016 Surrey Bird Report out now

The 2016 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. Details of how to order are here.

May 2020

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

Sunday 31st

Rosy Starling, Horley (E Stubbs).
Rosy Starling, Horley (E Stubbs).

Churt Common: Crossbill by Axe Pond (R Douglas).

Horley: female Rosy Starling in private garden in afternoon then flew off; 14th Surrey record (C Muir).

Papercourt Water Meadows: possible female Red-backed Shrike at Broadmead at 17:00 (P Stevens).

Peaslake: 2 Crossbills (W Attridge).

Saturday 30th

Beddington Farmlands: Shelduck (K Guest).

Hydestile: 4 Crossbills at Hydon Hill (S Jones).

Friday 29th

London Wetland Centre: 2 Oystercatchers on Main Lake (WWT).

Thursley CommonRead more

AGM postponed

Yellow Wagtail, Shackleford (E Stubbs).

In view of the likelihood that some restrictions due to the Coronavirus are likely to remain in place for several months, the General Committee has decided to postpone the AGM set for 26 June. You can find further information here.

Photo of Yellow wagtail by Ed Stubbs

Wild White-tailed Eagle in Surrey

The first wild White-tailed Eagle to be seen in Surrey for 114 years was photographed yesterday [Monday 13 April] by Isaiah Rowe as it flew high south over his Worcester Park garden at 2.30 pm.

White-tailed Eagle, Worcester Park (I Rowe).
White-tailed Eagle, Worcester Park (I Rowe).

The extraordinary record comes following a reintroduction scheme on the Isle of Wight and this individual, an immature, was initially thought to be one of these birds – two have already flown through Surrey since 23 March, according to the data from their satellite tags. However, Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation – the organisation behind the project – have since … Read more

April 2020

Please follow government restrictions regarding coronavirus: do not travel unless strictly necessary and always practise social distancing.

Thursday 30th

Beddington Farmlands: Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and 4 Shelduck (G Spinks).

Chobham Common: Whinchat (E Sames).

Epsom Downs: Wheatear (K Guest).

Ewell: Dunlin sound recorded over garden at 03:52 (S Thomas).

Papercourt Water Meadows: 2 Whinchat (J Hobden).

Rotherhithe: Great Egret flew east over Durand’s Wharf in morning (R Page-Jones/R Bonser).

West End: Nightjar; Surrey first of the year (BirdGuides).

Wednesday 29th

Whinchat, Shackleford (E Stubbs).
Whinchat, Shackleford (E Stubbs).

Beddington Farmlands: 2 Greenshank, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, … Read more