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…

Purple Swamp Monster

I am sure every Suffolk birder is aware of the Western Swamphen that has been present at Minsmere for the last week or so, but did you know that the Romans kept these birds as pets or that the Western Swamphen was recently part of a six-way species split of the Purple Swamphen?  Given the…

Ipswich Peregrines

A pair of Peregrines are currently nesting at the top of the Mill on the Ipswich waterfront.  A local company has kindly provided a live feed of the chicks which you can view here: Ipswich Peregrines – live webcam The Peregrines are nesting in a box that was designed by Steve Piotrowski and that was…

Swifts – nest boxes and calls

Please see the link below for: purchasing and positioning Swift nest boxes attracting Swifts by playing calls how to make your own Swift call kit nest dox cameras and installation contact details for any questions Recording Swift sightings and attracting Swifts to new locations 24 May 2016

Swifts are back!

Image courtesy and copyright of David Moreton. Established in 2013, Save our Suffolk Swifts (SOS Swifts) aims to raise awareness of the threats faced by swifts and encourage people to take action to halt their decline. We need help to collect information about the habits of the species during their time in Suffolk. Last year Suffolk Biodiversity Information…

Ornithologist needed for summer position on Greek Island

Operation Wallacea is an organisation that runs conservation projects in a number of richly biodiverse areas and important conservation zones across the world. They are currently looking to recruit an ornithologist for a position in their Greece project on Samos Island. The aim of the position would be to complete point count surveys around a number…

AGM and Award winners

For those who missed our AGM in February, two important awards were announced. The Garrod Award was won in its inaugural year by Ben Moyes, who is now officially Suffolk’s most promising young birder.  The Garrod Award has been set up in memory of Ken Garrod by his wife Jean and will be presented annually.  Ben…

SOG Gift Aid form

If you have not already completed a Gift Aid form and are a UK tax payer, the latest version of the form can be found here: SOG Gift Aid Form