Welcome to SDOS

For everyone with an interest in birds and nature in and around Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex

Little Ringed Plover


River Adur in Shoreham
The Adur Estuary

The South Downs
The South Downs

Our Society


SDOS provides a social focus for birding and related natural history interests in the Shoreham area. We organise monthly winter talks and field trips throughout the year. We engage in local habitat conservation and work with the community. We have a members' email user group and a developing social media presence. Our mission is to maintain and enhance our members' interest in birds and natural habitats, whatever their initial level of expertise.


Photo Credits: Dorian Mason, Tim Holter

Our Birdwatching

SDOS Area

Click on the map for more information on birdwatching sites in and around our recording area (shaded)


Our Meetings

Other calendars: uk holidays

February

2024

Meeting Time/ Place

Details 

Sat 24th

Field Outing - Henfield area

Meet at 8.30 am at the Downslink Car Park, Upper Station Road, Henfield (Just past the Old Railway pub) (OS TQ205161 ///utensil.however.pancake) Can be muddy, so wear waterproof footwear. Walk will be approx. 4 hours. No toilets on site, but there are public toilets in the High Street by the bus shelter. (park in the Library car park TQ214160 – there is a parking charge, but you may get away with it if you’re just using the loo!)

Leader - Val Bentley (RA18)

March

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

Sat 9th

Field Outing - Fairmile Bottom LNR & Black Rabbit PH

Meet 12:30pm in the lay-by with the food van at Fairmile Bottom on the A29 south of the Whiteways roundabout.(///blinks.simply.nosedive)

Leaders: Paul Emmerson/Richard Allen Part 1: A woodland area called Sherwood Rough; finishing around 3pm-3:30pm Part 2. Travel to Black Rabbit PH beyond Arundel WWT for short walk along bank of River Arun for Marsh Harriers etc coming in to roost. Finishes 5:30-6pm Members can choose to join one or both walks.

Tue 12th

Field Outing - Warnham LNR

Either meet at Warnham at 10am or book a place on a minibus from Shoreham Station at 09:30 (while places available).. RH12 2RA

Close to Horsham; off A24; at RH12 2RA (OS TQ167323 ///vines.badges.edges). Large free car park; opens at 10 am. Entrance fee £3.50 pp. (Risk Assessment 15) Leader: Tony Benton

Thu 14th

AGM Followed by a talk on the Knepp Rewilding Project

7:30pm - St Nicolas & St Mary C.E. Primary School, Shoreham BN43 6PE

Speaker:Penny Green

Fri 29th

Good Friday

 

 

April

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Tottington Woods

 

Leader: Tony Benton

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Goring Sea Watch

 

Leader: Clive Hope

Mon 1st

Easter Monday

 

 

Thu 11th

Talk - Birds of Hungary

7:30pm - St Nicolas & St Mary C.E. Primary School, Shoreham BN43 6PE

by Simon Ginnaw

Sat 20th

Field Outing - Hope Gap, Cuckmere, Seaford

Meet at 8:15 am at South Hill Barn, approaching from Chyngton Way. (OS 199/TV505980 ///effort.commoners.infringe) Dist 3 mls. Afterwards by car to Splash Point for Kittiwakes

Leaders: Jen & Tim Holter (RA04)

May

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Truleigh Hill (or alternative)

 

Leader: Terry Goble

Sun 5th

Field Outing - Burpham Water Meadows - Dawn Chorus

 

Leader: Paul Emmerson

Mon 6th

Early May bank holiday

 

 

Fri 10th

Field Outing - Woods Mill & Mill Stream

Meeting at Woods Mill TQ218138 at 7.30 pm for a walk round the reserve and then cross the road and wander down the Mill Stream to hopefully hear Nightingales. Bring torch as it will be getting dark by the time we return. Could be one muddy section.

Leader: Val Bentley (RA06)

Fri 24th

Field Outing - Heyshot & Ambersham Common

 

Leader: Bernie Forbes

Mon 27th

Spring bank holiday

 

 

June

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Blackdown

 

Leader: Bernie Forbes

T.B.C.

Minibus Outing - to be confirmed

 

 

July

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Mill Hill - Flora and Butterfiles

 

Leaders: Ros Meadow/Richard Allan

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Hollingbury Wild Park/Camp

10:00am at the car park on Ditchling Road at TQ324084 (///pirate.stump.edge)

Leader: Peter Whitcomb (RA22)

August

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Thorney Island

Meet 09:00, parking at north end of Thornham Lane (OS:SU757049 ///swept.clean.rails ) Allow at least 4 hours, so bring refreshments.

Leader: Clive Hope (RA23)

Mon 26th

Summer bank holiday

 

 

September

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

T.B.C.

Minibus Outing - to be confirmed

 

 

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Cissbury Ring

 

Leader: Clive Hope

October

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

T.B.C.

Field Outing - River Adur Walk

 

Leader: Tony Benton

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Goring Gap & Ferring Rife

 

Leader: Clive Hope

Thu 10th

Talk - Saving the Stone Curlew

7:30pm - St Nicolas & St Mary C.E. Primary School, Shoreham BN43 6PE

by Keith Betton

November

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

Thu 14th

Talk - Birding in Northern Climes

7:30pm - St Nicolas & St Mary C.E. Primary School, Shoreham BN43 6PE

by Wendy Ball

Sun 17th

Field Outing - Beeding Brooks

Meet 2:00 pm in Pound Lane, Upper Beeding just before the stables. Some stiles on walk - bring wellies. (OS:198/TQ197111 ///sunset.quote.soaks) Distance 3 miles

Leader: Terry Goble (RA21)

Sat 30th

Field Outing - Hayling Island

 

Leader: Bernie Forbes

December

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Brooklands

 

Leader: Tony Benton

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Chidham peninsula

 

Leader: Paul Emmerson/co-Leader

Thu 12th

Members' Evening

7:30pm - St Nicolas & St Mary C.E. Primary School, Shoreham BN43 6PE

 

Wed 25th

Christmas Day

 

 

Thu 26th

Boxing Day

 

 

Tue 31st

Field Outing - Shoreham Beach & Widewater

Meet 9:30 am in the lay-by car park on the left just before the sailing club by the river, Shoreham Beach. Map Ref: 198/TQ231048 (///goggle.stole.prepped) Distance 1 mile

Leaders: All (RA01)

January

2025

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

Wed 1st

New Year's Day

 

 

The above dates may change without warning


All events are subject to change,possibly at short notice. Any such changes will be notified to members by email. RAxx in the event details indicates the risk assessment number, click here for the full list.