New arrangements for administering SOG membership

Around two thirds of SOG members already elect to have annual membership of Suffolk Naturalists’ Society at the same time as SOG membership.  Some people join or renew their memberships through SOG and others do this through SNS.  This dual approach does create the need for a significant amount of cross-referencing of membership and subscription…

National Rarities in Suffolk – 2017/2018

National Rarities in Suffolk – 2018 Descriptions of all 18 National Rarities, involving 14 species, which were reported in Suffolk during 2018 have been submitted to the British Birds Rarities Committee.  All bar one of the records remain ‘in circulation’. Accepted records ‘Coues’s Arctic Redpoll’ Acanthis hornemanni exilipes: Hazlewood Common, Friston, November 28th 2017 to…

Heronries Census

This year, 2018, saw the 90th anniversary of the Heronries Census. In Suffolk, fieldworkers surveyed 12 Heronries, which supported around 95 nests. The results included two heronries that are located in very private grounds, that we have not been able to survey for many years for lack of access. It will not be long before Herons…

The West Suffolk Birders’ quest for 200 species in 2017

“Back in 2016 Bird Watching Magazine promoted the idea of ‘My 200 Bird Year’ (#My200BirdYear) for birders of all ages and abilities. This was attractive to me as a way to invigorate my birding and to also add a numerical ‘challenge’ to my bird watching. As I do not own a car and enjoy travelling…

BTO – Tawny Owls – Part 2 – Calling Survey

BTO – Tawny Owl Calling Survey This survey starts on 20 September, and the BTO has online registration up and running already. Volunteers can take part in the survey from their garden, or any other green space, and the survey runs through to 31 March. It’s a very simple survey, asking volunteers to listen out just…

BTO – Owl Survey – Help needed

As I am sure many of you are aware, the BTO is launching a series of Owl surveys over the coming months.  The first of these covers Tawny Owls, and is about to start in mid-August.  -Given Suffolk has a pretty good population of Tawny Owls, it would be great if we could get many…

SORC – Record Status 2018 (to end March)

DATE SPECIES LOCATION OBSERVERS STATUS NOTES JANUARY 08/01/18 – Greenland White-fronted Geese Trimley SWT W J Brame A 6 birds 17/01/18 – Glossy Ibis Eastbridge / Minsmere A Photographed 22/01/18 – Rough-legged Buzzard Waveny Forest R Wilton A Photographed 30/01/18 – Raven Gipping Valley Multi Observed A Breeding pair 1/30/18 Glossy Ibis Carlton Marshes A…

SORC – Record Status – 2017 DATE SPECIES LOCATION OBSERVERS STATUS NOTES JANUARY 06/01/17 – 12/01/17 Pallas’s Warbler Kessingland SW B Wallace + N Carter A Trapped and ringed 08/01/17 – 15/02/17 Black-throated Diver Orwell L G Woods A Photographed 08/01/17 – 20/01/17 Little Bunting Knettishall Heath N Moran A FEBRUARY 05/02/17 – 17/02/17 Rough-legged…

SORC – Record Status – 2018 (to end May)

SPECIES LOCATION NOTES JANUARY 1/16/2018 Willow Tit Lakenheath RSPB 29/01/18 – 01/02/18 Glossy Ibis Wenhaston FEBRUARY MARCH 3/9/2018 Black-throated Diver Bawdsey 2 birds 18/03/18 – 20/03/18 White-spotted Bluethroat Trimley SWT 3/31/2018 Night Heron Aldeburgh Adult (found dead in April) APRIL 02/04/18 – 03/04/18 Penduline Tit Leathes Ham, Lowestoft Photographed 4/13/2018 Black-throated Diver LBO South at…

SORC – Record Status – 2017

SPECIES LOCATION NOTES JANUARY 1/4/2017 Raven Lackford SWT FEBRUARY 2/11/2017 Raven Flatford Flew over at 7.40am 2/16/2017 Taiga Bean Goose Hollesley Photographed 16/02/17 – 17/02/17 Taiga Bean Goose Breydon South wall MARCH 3/4/2017 Siberian Chiffchaff Fagbury Seen and heard by Shed 70 3/5/2017 Raven Snape Seen and heard over nurseries 2.30pm 3/16/2017 Cattle Egret Botany…

A call for volunteers in 2018

The great thing about birding is that it offers something different to everyone whether you enjoy watching birds in your garden, ringing or searching for rarities, maybe that elusive first for Suffolk, or just getting out there in all weathers throughout the year with every season offering something new to see.  Birding offers opportunities for…

SCBOP Spring 2018 Newsletter

Project Background The Suffolk Community Barn Owl Project (SCBOP) was founded in 2005, is dedicated to the conservation of barn owls and is now celebrating its 13th year.  The project as a whole has advised on the fixing of over 2,000 barn owl nest boxes throughout Suffolk, on nature reserves, farmland and on community spaces…

SOG/SWT – Swift Advisors wanted

Would you like to be be involved in the joint SOG/SWT SOS Swifts project as a volunteer Swifts Advisor? Swift is currently on the Amber list of ‘Birds of Conservation Concern’.  However, a paper published in the September issue of British Birds uses IUCN Red Data Book criteria to analyse recent trends in Swift numbers and cites…