SEAFORD: Outstanding service rewarded

Barry Yates, left, and Chris Lowmass, right, with their Stonechat Award, presented by the chairman of the SOS Council Nick Paul, centre
Barry Yates, left, and Chris Lowmass, right, with their Stonechat Award, presented by the chairman of the SOS Council Nick Paul, centre

A SEAFORD resident has been rewarded for his outstanding service to the Sussex Ornithological Society (SOS).

Christopher Lowmass was presented with the Stonechat Award in front of 250 of the county’s wild bird enthusiasts.

Chris joined the society 40 years ago and has contributed bird records to the organisation for many years.

On behalf of the society he has taken part in the monthly Wetland Bird Surveys at Tidemills, Newhaven, for 22 years and served as the WEBS local organiser for 18 years.

This survey is run by the British Trust for Ornithology to monitor water bird populations around the UK.

He has represented the society on the Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve management committee for the last 10 years and during his time in the society he has also served nine years on the council, written articles for the Newsletter and produced a Gazetteer for The Sussex Bird Report, the yearly publication produced by the SOS.

For more information about the work of the Sussex Ornithological Society and up-to-date information on recent bird sightings please visit: www.sos.org.uk