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

April

2023 

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Tue 11th

Talk - Wader Quest

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

by Rick Simpson

January

2023

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Tue 10th

Talk - The Honey Buzzard

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

By Mark Mallileu

October

2023

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Tue 10th

Talk - The Biking Birder

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

by Gary Prescott

November

2023

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Tue 14th

Talk - Hungary

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

by Simon Ginnaw

February

2023

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Tue 14th

Talk - Bars & Spots: British Woodpeckers

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

By Ken Smith

August

2023

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Mon 28th

Summer Bank Holiday

 

 

May

2023

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Mon 29th

Spring Bank Holiday

 

 

Fri 12th

SWT Woods Mill & Mill Stream

Woods Mill TQ218138

Leader: Val Bentley. 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. 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. (RA06)

January

2023

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Mon 2nd

New Year's Day Observed

 

 

Sun 1st

New Year's Day

 

 

December

2023

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Tue 12th

Members' Evening

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

 

December

2022

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Tue 13th

Members' Evening

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

 

April

2023

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Fri 7th

Good Friday

 

 

October

2023

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T.B.C.

Field Outing: Goring/Ferring

Meet at 0830 at sea end of Sea Lane Ferring. (OS 197/TQ101016 ///loads.torn.lakes)

Leader: Clive Hope Distance:3mls. (RA03)

February

2023

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Thu 23rd

Field Outing - West Dean Woods

13:30 Staple Ash Corner just east of Yewtree Cottage (OS SU837155)

Walking up to the Monkton Viewpoint looking for Brambling;Hawfinch and Goshawk. Distance of 2.5 miles. Half day. Walking boots essential. (RA26)

January

2023

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Wed 25th

Field Outing - Warnham L.N.R.

10:00 Warnham L.N.R. (TQ167323)

Leader: Clive Hope. Free car park; entrance fee £3. RA15.

August

2023

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T.B.C.

Field Outing - Thorney Island

Meet 09:00, parking at north end of Thornham Lane (OS:SU757049 ///swept.clean.rails )

Leader: Clive Hope. Allow at least 4 hours; so bring refreshments. (RA23)

October

2023

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Thu 5th

Field Outing - Steep Down/ Lancing Ring/Coombes

Meet 8:30am Beggars Bush Car Park on Titch Hill (OS:TQ161079 ///indeed.novel.films ). Cottages at BN15 0AY are 1/2ml south of CP BN15 0AY

Leaders: Paul Emerson & A.N.O. Mid-walk break at Coombes. At end of walk option to have packed lunch at top of Steep Down before returning to car. Distance: 4 miles.

December

2023

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Sun 31st

Field Outing - Shoreham Fort & 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)

Leader: Richard Allan. Distance 1ml (RA01)

December

2022

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Fri 30th

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/TQ231049 Dist 1 ml [1]

Leaders: Members of SDOS Council

April

2023

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T.B.C.

Field Outing - Sea-watch at Ferring

Meet at 8am at the end of Sea lane, Ferring (OS 197/TQ101016)

Leader: Clive Hope. Half day. Bring a chair; and a 'scope if you have one. (RA03)

June

2023

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Thu 22nd

Field Outing - Pulborough Brooks RSPB (Evening)

meeting in visitor centre car park (OS:TQ059164 ///february.matter.panicking) at 1930hrs walking to the woodland and then on the common. Nightjar focus.

meeting in visitor centre car park (OS:TQ059164 ///february.matter.panicking) at 1930hrs walking to the woodland and then on the common. Nightjar focus.

January

2023

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Sun 15th

Field Outing - Pagham Harbour & Church Norton

09:00, RSPB Visitor Centre, Sidlesham (OS 197/SZ857 966

Leader: Bernie Forbes. Walking from centre to Church Norton Beach around 4.5 miles. All day; picnic lunch; winter walking boots or wellies.

November

2023

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Mon 6th

Field Outing - Kingley Vale

Meet 09:30 am West Stoke Car Park (OS:SU824087 ///profiled.deposits.ranted) PO18 9BE

Leaders: Paul Emerson & A.N.O. Bring lunch for stop at Devils Humps tumuli with panoramic views over the Vale and Chichester Harbour Distance: 4 miles.

May

2023

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Sat 20th

Field Outing - Iping Common

Meet 8:30am at Iping Common car park on Elsted Road just before A272 junction. (OS: 197/SU852219 ///galleries.opts.chariots)

Leader:Simon Moffat. Dist 3 mls (RA18)

April

2023

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Sat 22nd

Field Outing - Hope Gap, Cuckmere, Seaford

08:15, South Hill Barn, approaching from Chyngton Way. (OS 199/TV505980 ///effort.commoners.infringe)

Leaders Jen & Tim Holter. Dist 3 mls. Afterwards by car to Splash Point for Kittiwakes. (RA04)

July

2023

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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)

February

2023

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Sat 11th

Field Outing - Henfield Area

08:30 Downslink Car Park, Henfield (TQ205161)

Leader: Val Bentley.Can be muddy; so wear waterproof footwear. Walk will be approx. 4 hours. No toilets on site RA18

April

2023

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Sun 16th

Field Outing - Cissbury from the South

8:30 am Curry's, Lyons Farm (OS TQ152053) BN14 9LA

Leaders Paul Emerson & ANO. Park in Lyons Way; straight over mini roundabout; on access road to back of Sainsbury's. Park on right hand side of this access road; immediately next to the side wall of Curry's. Lunch: trig point at top of Cissbury Ring. Distance: 5 miles (RA24)

September

2023

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T.B.C.

Field Outing - Cissbury Gallops & Shepherds Mead

Meet 8:15 am at car parking area on the left of the road by Nepcote Green, Findon (OS:198/TQ127085 ///knee.dreaming.salary).

Leader: Clive Hope. Dist 3 mls. Relocating to Storrington Rise Car Park Findon Valley; Map Ref: TQ129078 (///sampling.shrubbery.tonight) after lunch for visit to Shepherds Mead Dist 2 mls (RA24)

December

2022

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Sat 10th

Field Outing - Burpham & The Burgh

Meet at 1330 hr at The Triangle, Peppering Lane , Burpham. Map Ref.197/TQ042095

Distance 4 miles. Risk Assessment RA27. Leader : Bernie Forbes

March

2023

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T.B.C.

Field Outing - Brooklands for Beginners

 

 

November

2023

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T.B.C.

Field Outing - Beeding Brooks

Meet 2:00 pm in Pound Lane, Upper Beeding just before the stables.(OS:198/TQ197111 ///sunset.quote.soaks)

Leader: Terry Goble. Some stiles on walk - bring wellies. Distance 3 miles. (RA21)

December

2022

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Sun 18th

Field Outing - Beeding Brooks

 

Leader - Terry Goble

July

2023

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T.B.C.

Field Outing - Anchor Bottom

Footpath at the north end of Dacre Gardens, on the A283 between Shoreham and Steyning. Park in the large lay-by approx. 200yds north of Dacre Gardens (OS:TQ197094 ///fades.crouches.toothpick)

Leader: Terry Goble. ootpath at the north end of Dacre Gardens; on the A283 between Shoreham and Steyning. Park in the large lay-by approx. 200yds north of Dacre Gardens (OS:TQ197094 ///fades.crouches.toothpick) The number 2 bus between Shoreham and Steyning also stops close by. (RA20)

December

2023

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Sat 2nd

Field Outing - Amberley Wild Brooks

Meeting in village square at 13:45hrs Map ref 197/TQ032132 (///presented.pastels.chill)

Leader: Bernie Forbes. Distance of 3 miles walking out onto brooks until dusk looking for owls and raptors. Wellingtons essential. Should be plenty of parking just north of school entrance. (RA13)

June

2023

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Sun 4th

Field Outing - Amberley & Waltham Brooks (Evening)

5pm Hog Lane, Amberley, 200 metres west of the Black Horse pub (BN18 9NH) where Hog Lane makes a turn (OS:TQ030132 ///redeeming.reverses.dozen)

Leaders: Paul Emerson & A.N.O. Park anywhere on Hog Lane.Distance: 5 miles. Mid walk break: Waltham Brooks. (RA13)

April

2023

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Mon 10th

Easter Monday

 

 

May

2023

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Mon 1st

Early May Bank Holiday

 

 

Mon 8th

Coronation Bank Holiday

 

 

December

2022

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Sun 25th

Christmas Day

 

 

Mon 26th

Boxing Day

 

 

Tue 27th

Bank Holiday in lieu of Christmas Day

 

 

March

2023

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Tue 14th

AGM, followed by a talk on the Birds of South Africa

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

 

The above dates may change without warning


All events listed in the Calendar and on our Programme are subject to change, possibly at short notice. Any such changes will be notified to members by email..