Sussex Ornithological Society

Sussex Ornithological Society

At a glance


  • Animals / wildlife
  • Campaigning
  • Environment

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SOS is the county’s main bird club. It has over 2,000 members and was founded in 1962 to promote the recording, study, conservation and enjoyment of birds in Sussex.

We encourage members and others in Sussex to keep and submit records of the birds they see and to take part in survey work to monitor bird populations. Our database now has over seven million records, which are regularly used to support bird conservation (for example in evidencing why a site that is threatened with development, is important for key species).


Sussex Ornithological Society performs a range of activities including:

  • Publishing reports on bird populations in the county, 
  • Organising bird surveys of priority species (often in conjunction with national surveys arranged by the British Trust for Ornithology),
  • Working in partnership with other environmental groups operating locally (including the RSPB, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Council for the Protection of Rural England and the Woodland Trust) in commenting on local councils' development plans and specific proposals.

SOS members receive:
• a quarterly newsletter to keep up to date;
• a free copy of their award winning annual report;
• regular outings led by experts; and
• access to their annual conference and on line seminars.

Current opportunities

East Sussex, BN21 4UG

To support Sussex Ornithological Society's Conservation team's work in Eastbourne and Lewes areas by monitoring planning applications made to the...