Henfield Birdwatch was formed in 1998 by Mike Russell and other local enthusiasts to carry out an ongoing survey of the birds in Henfield Parish, involve as many people in the community as possible, and generate interest in local birds and other wildlife. Information is recorded on a national database and can be drawn upon to inform other conservation groups e.g. Sussex Wildlife Trust and Sussex Ornithological Society, and to respond to local development and conservation projects.
Over 100 people took part in the first survey, contributing over 37,000 records making it the largest community wildlife survey in the UK. Five reports have now been published – the 2010 book won the British Trust for Ornithology’s “Marsh Local Ornithology Award”. The aim is now to produce a definitive volume on the birds of Henfield to mark the group’s 25th Anniversary.
Birdwatch organises surveys, birdwatching walks both locally and elsewhere, and holds an annual talk in November as well as other occasional meetings, and lunches at the Haven for socialising. For up to the minute information, join our active Facebook group
Membership costs £7 pa (single) £10 pa (joint/family). Visitors welcome (£3 entry charge for talks)
Image copyright Paula Blake.