News archive

January 2014

Monday, 27 January 2014

Reserve Visits: Bedgebury Pinetum - Cancelled

The coach for the reserve visit to Bedgebury Pinetum on Saturday 1st February has been cancelled due to lack of numbers.

Sedley Underdown, and a small number of group members, are still intending to make their way to this venue under their own steam if weather conditions are favourable.

If you wish to meet up with them at Bedgebury please call Sedley on Friday (01323-764938) to obtain details of the meeting point etc.

(David Jode)

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Sussex Ornithological Society Conference

We were invited to run the RSPB sales table at the Sussex Ornithological Society Conference in Haywards Heath on Saturday 25th January 2014.

Sales figures exceeded expectations so a big thank you to Helen Coombes and Elizabeth Spender for volunteering at this all day event.

We would also like to thank Richard Lowe, the SOS Conference organiser, for inviting us to this event.

(David Jode)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wednesday Walks: Lewes Levels - Cancelled

Today's walk at Lewes Levels was cancelled.

Upon arrival there were frequent heavy rain showers giving poor visibility
and conditions underfoot were too treacherous to risk the riverbank on a
high tide.

(David Jode)

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Joe Morley

Many of our members will have known Joe Morley who was a great supporter of the RSPB and its Eastbourne Local Group over several years. In the past Joe lead many of our walks, and also gave several indoor talks to, and on behalf of the Group.

Joe was the President of the Eastbourne Group of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, and also an active member of Butterfly Conservation, Seaford Natural History Society, and the Friends of Rye Harbour. Also, a supporter of the Sussex Ornithological Society.

Joe sadly passed away peacefully on Friday morning, 20th December 2013 in Eastbourne District General Hospital at the age of 90. He had been unable to get out much in the last few months but retained his lifelong passion for birds, wildlife, conservation and natural history. He was a very kind, gentle man with a ready smile, always pleased to pass on his vast knowledge of the natural world and loved sharing his very own patch of East Sussex with others, particularly when the Nightingales arrived to breed there each year.

Please contact me for further details if you wish to attend the funeral.

(David Jode)