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…

Ipswich Peregrine shot

This summer, Peregrines successfully fledged from The Mill in Ipswich – a local company even provided a video feed: http://www.ipswichhavenmarina.co.uk/Peregrine_Falcons/ However, it has just been reported that one of the young birds has been shot in the leg and basically starved to death as it was then unable to hunt.  Unbelievable that someone could do…

Suffolk Bird Reports – now online

All the Suffolk Bird Reports from 1952 to the 2014 can now be found online here: http://www.suffolkbis.org.uk/SuffolkBirds This is a fantastic resource for Suffolk Birders and for anyone interested in tracking the history of a species over the last 60 years!  For example: Little Egret 1992:  “A rare passage migrant.  Only 2 were reported” 2014: “Locally…

SOG Outdoor walk – Eastbridge

On the last day of April a good number of SOG members gathered before 7am at the edge of Minsmere for a longish walk around the edge of the reserve.  Led by David Walsh, the walk took in all the many habitats in the area – starting through woodland, then across heathland to the beach (allowing…

SOG AGM – 2nd March 2017

There was a very good turnout for the group’s Annual General Meeting and they had a packed evening of information and fun. The meeting was opened by Edward, the group’s secretary, who detailed how the committee had unanimously agree to ask John Grant to be the new SOG Honorary President Fortunately John had agreed to…

SOS Swifts – latest event dates – 2017

Join experienced ornithologist Edward Jackson to hear all about swifts and the Save our Suffolk Swifts project. There are few more enjoyable experiences than sitting outside on a warm summer’s evening watching the aerial manoeuvres of parties of swifts as they scream overhead.They spend most of their life on the wing, rarely landing except to…

Blood and guts on the East Atlantic Flyway

A couple of weeks ago, Simon Tonkin of The Inglorious Bustards gave an excellent presentation on migration along the East Atlantic Flyway, with a particular focus on the Straits of Gibraltar where they are currently based.  A small group of intrepid SOG members decided to brave the cold January weather and I am sure they…

Suffolk Bird Report – editor needed

The Suffolk Bird Report has been the key summary of birds in Suffolk for many decades.  Since 1979 it has been a separate SNS publication, and a large number of photographers, artists and writers have contributed over the years.  There is an established team of section writers working under the direction of Nick Mason, the…

Kakapo – a big green parrot

In 1981, Ed Keeble became possibly the first person (and certainly the first Suffolk student) to witness a Kakapo chick being fed by its mother.  His talk to SOG members on Thursday November 24th gave an entertaining account of the events leading up to this experience. Photo:  With grateful thanks to Kakapo Recovery and the…

Garrod Award – nominations please!

This award was created to celebrate the warm welcome Ken & Jean gave to all – but especially younger – newcomers to SOG.  In recognition of this support for younger people, the award is made annually to a young Suffolk-based birder and wildlife enthusiast for their contribution to these fields. A nomination form can be…

Suffolk Wader Strategy

The Suffolk Wader Strategy consists of a core group of organisations which have come together to reverse the decline in wader populations in Suffolk. The strategy focuses on three species: Lapwing, Redshank and Avocet and currently concentrates on coastal sites. Both Lapwing and Redshank have undergone significant declines (nationally 50% and 59% respectively since 1975).…

Hen Harrier Day 2016

The Hen Harrier is a superb bird of prey that is in dire need of help. As a protected species Hen Harrier sadly is still suffering from a decline in breeding numbers, particularly in England where they were only 3 attempted breeding pairs in 2016 as opposed to the potential 300 pairs on suitable habitat…