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Places to visit and explore
Information from West Sussex County Council including walking & cycling and natural attractions.

Nature and Wildlife
Discover nature and wildlife in West Sussex and get inspiration for your next trip.

Sussex Wildlife Trust
Explore their reserves and the wildlife of Sussex and a lot more!

South Downs National Park
Information and inspiration for you to discover the nature of the park. West Sussex.

South Downs at Wikipedia
Includes geography, geology, the parks and reserves and more.

Walking in Sussex
All walks are free to view, download and print.

South Downs Way - National Trails
Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester and the white chalk cliffs at Eastbourne.

Downloadable walks in Sussex - NT
Stargazing walks, romantic rambles, beachside walks and pub trails for you to enjoy in Sussex.

CPRE Sussex
We work to protect our countryside for all to enjoy. We campaign, provide advice and information.

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Rural Retreats in Sussex

Beautiful cottages, converted barns, country houses, garden lodges, yurts and more with the South Downs National Park waiting to be explored.

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Latest News

  • New Year Bird Race – Update

    Apologies for tardiness in updating the list – have been away from computer for several days! I suspect that virtually all the results are now in and here is the (preliminary) final order 101* Rolling Turnstones 101 Martlets 93  Dynamic Duo 93 Mike’s Mergansers 87 North Wallcreepers 87 The Ryenecks 87 The Great Twits 81 TQ01ers

  • SOS Marsh Tit survey 2020

    SOS Marsh Tit survey 2020 Background Both Marsh Tit and Willow Tit, the two Poecile species in Sussex, have declined nationally. The later species is the second fastest declining species in the UK, after Turtle Dove, having declined by 93% since the 1960s. A Sussex survey for Willow Tit in 2019 failed to find a

  • International Swan Census 2020

    The International Swan Census 2020 takes place over the weekend of 11-12 January and will gather information on numbers of Bewick’s and whooper swans as well as information on breeding success and habitat use. In Sussex the following sites will ideally be checked during or near the census weekend: Knepp Millpond River Arun (Arundel to

  • BTO/RSPB Breeding Waders of Wet Meadows Survey 2020

    In 2020 the BTO and RSPB will jointly be running a national survey of breeding waders in wet meadows. This will be a repeat of the 2002 survey, requiring visits to the sites surveyed in 2002 and with the addition of any new wet grassland sites that are identified. It is possible that the survey

  • Wealden Heaths Breeding Bird Survey – 2019 Update

    Click here to read the 2019 update to this survey.

  • 2020 SOS Conference

    We are now taking bookings for the Annual Conference on Saturday 25th January 2020. The booking form was sent to members with the Autumn newsletter, but in case you have mislaid yours, a copy is available by clicking here. Please note that the Conference is for SOS members only.

  • Sussex Barn Owl Study Group – become involved

    Our aim is to ensure ongoing and consistent monitoring of the Sussex Barn Owl population. With ©90% of Barn Owls now breeding in nest boxes it is vital we maintain and grow the status of this enigmatic bird through effective management of these and other breeding sites. We are a small Sussex based group of

  • BTO Breeding Bird Survey: new volunteers needed

    Now is a good time of the year to consider taking part in the BTO Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), because if you take on a BBS square you will also have the option to take part in the Sussex Winter Bird Survey (SWBS) by surveying the same square over the coming winter. The BBS is

  • October mid-week Walk – change of date

    Due to unforeseen circumstances the date of this walk has been changed to Thursday 10th October. The date in the Newsletter will now be incorrect. All other details remain the same.

  • SOS Fieldworkers’ meeting Saturday September 28th 2019

      SOS Fieldworkers’ meeting Saturday September 28th 2019 at 13.30 – Adastra Hall, Hassocks, BN6 8QH This new event for SOS is for everyone who enjoys bird watching and recording and taking part in bird surveys and fieldwork in Sussex. The event is free and open to all birdwatchers. No need to book, just come

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