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

May

2024

Meeting Time/ Place

Details 

Mon 27th

Spring bank holiday

 

 

Thu 30th

Field Outing - Heyshott & Ambersham Common

Meet at 7:30 pm at the car park off west side of New Road, South Ambersham Grid Ref: 197 / SU912193 (///qualifier.good.walks)

We will be looking for nightjar. Bring torch and insect repellent. Leader: Bernie Forbes

June

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

Tue 4th

Field Outing - Blackdown

Meet in the large National Trust car park on the west side of Tennyson's Lane at 09:00. Map Ref SU920309 (///writers.clinking.play)

The walk will be in 2 parts so coming back for lunch; total 5 miles. Leader: Bernie Forbes

Wed 19th

Minibus Outing to the New Forest

 

 

July

2024

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

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)

T.B.C.

Field Outing - Mill Hill - Flora and Butterfiles

 

Leaders: Ros Meadow/Richard Allan

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 - Goring Gap & Ferring Rife

 

Leader: Clive Hope

T.B.C.

Field Outing - River Adur Walk

 

Leader: Tony Benton

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

 

 

April

2025

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

Fri 18th

Good Friday

 

 

Mon 21st

Easter Monday

 

 

May

2025

Meeting Time/ Place 

Details 

Mon 5th

Early May bank holiday

 

 

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.