1999-2024 Celebrating 25 years of Birding

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This is a significant year for Henfield Birdwatch as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. We are looking forward to an exciting year of activities – all of which are free for members!

There are walks and talks going on all year. Keep an eye on the Events for Members section, join the Facebook Group and look out for the Newsletters for more information.


Henfield is a great place for birds and people!

Welcome to the Henfield Birdwatch website. We are a group with an interest in birds and wildlife in general. We welcome people whatever their birding knowledge. We have group walks, talks, meet regularly for lunch and some people like to share their sightings online.

We aim to ensure that Henfield remains a great place for birds and some of our members like to become more involved by

  • regularly surveying and monitoring the local bird population and species
  • helping Henfield residents to be aware of our local birds and how to help them flourish

If this sounds interesting and you would like to join us you would be warmly welcomed.

Latest Sightings

Rye Farm pools

The ponds on the way to Rye Farm are still lively, and this morning there were five Chiffchaffs, two Grey Wagtails, at least one Goldcrest and good views of the Water Rail. Also giving a close-up was a Treecreeper. On the floods to the west of the causeway there were also five Tufted Ducks.
Paul Cole, 25th February
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Rye Farm pools

Lesley and I took Sara and Wendy down to 'Stinky Pond' by the Rye Farm track in the drizzle this morning as they kept seeing it being mentioned in reports but didn't know where it was. It didn't disappoint. At least 6 Chiffchaffs were busy flitting around as were 2 Goldcrests that came very close. A Grey Wagtail was
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Egyptian Geese

While walking Ziggy yesterday morning or should I say traipsing through quagmire after quagmire I spied in the distance a pair of Egyptian Geese. This was not the usual pair that have been visiting for the last three years, they were a long way off and very wary of our presence. A few more birds around today than of
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Rye Farm ponds

We had a glorious hour by the Rye "Smelly" ponds this morning seeing Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Water Rail and Grey Wagtail.

Peter and Penny Meares, 15th February 2024 17th February 2024
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Monday walk

Today’s eyes and ears belonged to Angela T, Chris & Ann, David and Maureen F, Hazel and myself. Beautiful sunny day, but boy was that wind cold as we neared Stretham!

A tuneful start with a Dunnock singing just the other side of the road, several Song Thrushes, Wrens and Robins in serenade mode, and a couple of
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Mr & Mrs

Ringed both male & female Blackcaps today, and a smart Coal Tit, first one I’ve seen for a while.

Val Bentley, 11th February 2024


  11th February 2024
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A few garden sightings

A Siskin popped in briefly to the feeders this morning which is the first this winter. We're only about 400 metres away from the track down to Rye Farm where Siskins have been seen feeding in the Alders, by the pond. A Goldcrest was also singing down the bottom of the garden, first of the year as well while
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Rye Farm track

Today, Monday, I took John Gilbert's U3A group down the Rye Track and we clocked up an impressive 33 species. The icing on the cake was finding Siskins by the smelly ponds on the way back.

Debbie and I did a recce visit the day before and had a raptor fest of Kestrel, Buzzard, and a possible Peregrine

All that
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Three Shelduck on the Rye/Buckwish Farm water this afternoon.

Alan Kitson, 1st February 2024


  3rd February 2024
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Bewick's again

Too good to stay indoors on the computer all morning, so did a quick recce along the Rye Farm track.  Probably 5 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest flitting around by the ponds, and a Water Rail feeding nonchalantly at the back.  There were 8 Bewick’s Swans just west of Buckwish, the usual geese and ducks, though only spotted
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A Greenshank was in a field west of the river between New Inn and Eatons Farm this afternoon..

Paul Cole, 28th January 2024 28th January 2024
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Rye Farm Levels

Seven Bewick Swans at Rye Farm Levels today with all the usual ducks, including Tufted.

Nigel Colgate, 28th January 2024 28th January 2024