Urban Nesting Gull Survey

JNCC Seabirds Count: Urban Nesting Gull Surveys Seabirds Count: Britain and Ireland’s 4th Breeding Seabird Census Survey Timings – 23rd April – 7th May Since 1969 there have been periodic censuses of breeding seabirds in Britain and Ireland. The last census was completed in 2002; due to the time that has passed, it is important…

SOG Rook Survey

Commonplace and far from glamorous it may be, but the Rook is worth much more than just a look. It’s a species that is as fascinating as it is familiar, deserving of far more than simply a cursory glance. SOG realised this way back in 1975 and carried out an exhaustive and exemplary rook survey…

English Farm Woodland Bird Survey

The information below is taken from the BTO website, so if you’d rather just read it all on their site, here are the links: survey homepage choose a square and register survey methods Introduction Since 1988, over 22,000 farm woods have been planted in England.  The woods are mostly small, between 1 and 5 hectares in…

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…

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…

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…