New Community Safety Events for Chichester District

Residents and community groups are invited to attend free events in Midhurst and Fishbourne to learn about community safety and the work of local crime prevention services. 

The ‘Crime, Dine and Keeping Safe’ events will take place on Tuesday 25th June, 6.30-8pm at the South Downs National Park Memorial hall in Midhurst, and Thursday 4 July, 7-8.30 at Fishbourne Community Centre.

Organised and funded by Chichester in Partnership and Natwest Bank, the event aims to help residents and community groups find out how they can keep themselves and their communities safe.

The evening will include a talk from Sue Lambert, Community Banker for Natwest Bank, on scam prevention and a talk from West Sussex County council Community Safety and Wellbeing team on personal and community safety. 

Guests will be offered a buffet dinner and the chance to speak to representatives from a range of services including

  • Chichester District Council 
  • Natwest Bank 
  • West Sussex County Council 
  • Trading Standards
  • Sussex Police
  • Crimestoppers
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • West Sussex Fire and Rescue

“This is a fantastic opportunity for residents and community groups to hear from local organisations about how they can keep themselves , their families, and their communities safe” says Councillor Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community services and culture at Chichester District Council. “Our local crime prevention services work hard to keep is all safe and these events are also a great opportunity to celebrate the work that they do”

Residents and organisations who are interested in attending an event should email their confirmation to Jenny Jones at

Chichester Natural History Society – Lecture Programme

Registered Charity No 259211


Chair:                Christian Hance, 389 Chichester Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 5BU

                                           (01243 825187)

Membership:      Heather Hart, The Hays, Bridle Lane, Slindon Common,

                Arundel, BN18 0NA         (01243 814497)




All lecture evenings will be held on Wednesdays in THE PALLANT SUITE, MASONIC HALL, SOUTH PALLANT, CHICHESTER PO19 1SY. Lectures begin at 7.15pm.. Doors will open at 6.30 pm.

Members Free, Guests £3.00

Wednesday 4th September 2019           Ocean Plastics. By David Jones, of Just One Ocean
David is founder of Just One Ocean charity , raising awareness of ocean issues. A recent project has studied microplastics in Chichester Harbour.


Wednesday 2nd October 2019 ‘An outdoor naturalist, the life of Gilbert White’ – Kimberley James, Gilbert White’s House.

Gilbert White studied nature around his home in Selborne and published his book “The Natural History of Selborne” in 1789. Come and hear about his life and work.


Wednesday 6th November 2019 – AGM and Members’ Presentations

Wednesday 4th December 2019 – Christmas Party



Wednesday 8th January 2020 The Bar-headed Goose – the world’s highest flying bird by Lucy Hawkes, Exeter University

Wednesday 5th February 2020 – TBC

Wednesday 4th March 2020 The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Plant Discovery and Conservation. Tim Pearce, Kew – Conservation Partnerships Coordinator for Africa
Tim describes Kew Gardens conservation work, particularly the Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

Wednesday 1st April 2020 – TBC

Chichester Natural History Society – Field Outings 2019

Registered Charity No 259211


Chair:                Christian Hance, 389 Chichester Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 5BU

                                           (01243 825187)

Membership:       Heather Hart, The Hays, Bridle Lane, Slindon Common,

                Arundel, BN18 0NA         (01243 814497) 






2019 – 6th Year of Surveys at Medmerry
ALL surveys (approx. 2 hours in length) will start at 13:00 PROMPT, meeting at the RSPB Earnley Car Park at Grid Ref SZ 816 968, post code PO20 7JL, and then car sharing either to 1: Easton Lane for the 2 Plant Surveys (Fridays 7th & 14th June) and the Grasshopper Survey (Friday 2nd August) or 2: along the track to the pools for the Dragonfly Surveys (Fridays July 5th & September 6th). (Little walking required on any date.) See Main Events List for more information. Sessions are open to all, no matter what your level of expertise, as guidance will be provided. We shall use the Society’s equipment but hand magnifiers, binoculars and reference books will be useful. Any questions or if help required with transport then please contact Philippa Arnott on or phone 01243 575345.


These field outings, led by one of the expert members of the Society, enable participants to see different aspects of wildlife and nature in the field. No meeting will be cancelled because of the weather so please wear suitable clothing and footwear. These meetings are open to members and non-members, children over 8 are welcome but should be under parental control. These outings always start promptly so please arrive in plenty of time. Any questions about these events, or if help needed re transport, please contact Gill Hance ( or 01243 825187). In addition, if members have any ideas for outings or can offer to lead one themselves, then please contact Gill.

In accordance with Health & Safety Requirements, Chichester Natural History Society hereby gives notice- “The Society is prepared to assist members in making arrangements to enable them to participate in activities arranged by the Society. It cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any loss, injury or damage sustained by any person in consequence of their participation in any activity. Persons attending field outings do so on the understanding that they attend at their own risk”.


How can we help/observe wildlife in our own backyards/gardens? Please contact Gill Hance (as above) if you would like to welcome members to your patch, whatever size. Perhaps you have ideas to share or are after some suggestions from other members?

Friday 7th June 13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley – FIRST MEDMERRY SURVEY
Grid Ref SZ 816 968 Postcode PO20 7JL
See above for detailed instructions.
Plant Survey 1 (a species list) – bring wildflower books

Friday 14th June 13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley – SECOND MEDMERRY SURVEY
Grid Ref SZ 816 968 Postcode PO20 7JL See above for detailed instructions.
Plant Survey 2 (using quadrats for gathering more quantitative data) – bring wildflower books

Monday 17th June 10:00 start. IPING COMMON. 
Leader Helen Dignum
Grid Ref SU 852 220 Postcode GU29 0PB

A morning’s walk through this excellent example of lowland heath with its wealth of fauna and flora. Large car park on Elsted Road just off the A272, approx. 2 miles west of Midhurst.
See –

Tuesday 25th June 10:00 start, finish by 14:00 BURPHAM
Leader David Hart
Grid Ref TQ 041 097

A chance to see farm-land birds as well as good numbers of raptors, hedgerow species and grey partridge which the Norfolk Estate is well known for breeding. As you are leaving Arundel, going east heading towards Worthing, go over railway bridge and turn immediately left and drive through Warningcamp and Wepham. As you approach Burpham, go down steep hill and as you go up the other side the main road branches left but members should head straight over. This is a dangerous bend, so slow down and follow David’s signs. Meet at the top of the next hill. Bring a picnic to enjoy, as we’re promised an excellent picnic spot. 

Friday 5th July 13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley – THIRD MEDMERRY SURVEY
Grid Ref SZ 816 968 Postcode PO20 7JL See above for detailed instructions.

Dragonflies 1 (earlier-flying species) – bring binoculars and dragonfly books and/or iRecord Dragonflies app (free for Apple and Android devices)


Thursday 11th July 10:30 LEVIN DOWN – BUTTERFLIES
Leaders Chris Furlepa and Dorothy Rodefeld
Meet at Grid Ref 879 114

A Butterfly focused walk through this Wildlife Trust Reserve, led by Chris Furlepa and Dorothy Rodefeld who have recently followed in Ann Griffiths’ footsteps in monitoring the butterflies here. Initial steep climb. Close focusing binoculars useful. Take a picnic lunch. Meet at the ‘Triangle’ car park on the north side of The Trundle at above Grid Reference for car share to the foot of Levin Down.

Friday 2nd August 13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley – FOURTH MEDMERRY SURVEY
Grid Ref SZ 816 968 Postcode PO20 7JL See above for detailed instructions.

Grasshoppers and Bush Crickets (using bat detectors and the Society’s nets). Bring orthoptera books and/or iRecord Grasshoppers app (free for Apple and Android devices)

Wednesday 21st August 19:00 start    CHICHESTER CANAL 
Grid Ref SU 865 023

An evening nature walk along the canal with the added chance of using the Society’s new Bat Equipment as dusk falls. Meet at the car park close to the canal ‘bend’ just north of Hunston. If you have bat detectors of your own and reference books then do bring them along, together with a small torch for personal safety.

Friday 6th September 13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley – FIFTH MEDMERRY SURVEY
Grid Ref SZ 816 968 Postcode PO20 7JL See above for detailed instructions.

Dragonflies 2 (Later-flying species) – bring binoculars and dragonfly books and/or iRecord Dragonflies app (free for Apple and Android devices)

Tuesday 24th September 10:00 – 15:30 TITCHFIELD HAVEN NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE
Leader Tony Wootton
Grid Reference SU 536 024   Postcode PO14 3JT

An all day visit (or depart after the morning session if you wish) to a carefully managed Reserve in the Meon Valley, which gives a mosaic of natural habitats – river, fen, pool, reedbed and meadow
Check their website for more info and directions, as well as sightings closer to the time.
Take a picnic lunch or eat at the Reserve’s cafe. Contact Gill Hance (01243 825187) if willing to offer lifts to other members or if you need a lift yourself (£5 contributions to petrol are kindly requested). Car park next to Hill Head Sailing Club or along the sea wall. Meet at ticket office at 10:00 and quote “Hance” to gain group entry rate of £3.75 per person.

Monday 14th October 10:00 start  SNOW HILL AND ELLANORE
Leader – David Hart
Grid Reference SZ 765 984 

A half day walk looking for sea birds and waders, meeting at the far end of West Beach car park, West Wittering (parking fee payable). Optional – bring a packed lunch and drink and continue around East Head in the afternoon.

Friday 15th November 10:00 start PULBOROUGH BROOKS RSPB RESERVE
Leaders – Tony Nevard and Sylvia Gill
Grid Reference – TQ 059 165   Postcode RH20 2EL

A wealth of birdlife. A half day walk around the Reserve (members may wish to  stay on into the afternoon). Much to see on the flood plains, marsh and farmland whatever the weather, as there are several excellent hides available. Entry fee is payable for non-RSPB members  
Optional – take a picnic or buy lunch in the restaurant.
Reserve is well sign-posted just off the A283 between Pulborough and Storrington. Meet in the main Reserve Car Park. 

Friday 13th December 10:00 start  THORNHAM LANE and GREAT DEEP
Leader John Kelsall
Grid Reference SU 756049

A morning’s walk to observe seabirds, waders, divers and passerines as we pass by harbour shoreline, saltmarsh, mudflats and farmland. Turn left off the A259 Chichester to Emsworth road, just before entering Emsworth, onto an unclassified road signposted Thorney. Pass the entrance to Emsworth Marina on your right then, after approximately 100 metres, take turning off to the left into Thornham Lane. Park immediately on the verge on the left.


RSPB & Chichester Conservation Volunteers Events for July

RSPB Events for JULY 2019

AMBERLEY                              Tuesday 16 July

All day bird walk to Kithurst Hill and Chantry Hill with Chris Furlepa of the RSPB Chichester Local Group. Meet in lane just past Springhead Farm, Map Ref: TQ063127, at 10.00 am.

Bring drink and packed lunch

01243 262833



EBERNOE                                             Sunday 14 July

Conservation – Bracken/Thistle Control with Clare Wilton of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers on Ebernoe Common. Meet in church car park at 10.00 am

01243 528056


HARTING                                              Sunday 21 July

Conservation – Ragwort Control with Richard Wilson of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers on Harting Down from 10.00 am

01243 528056          


Do you fancy learning something new?

Chichester College is holding a festival of learning on 24th – 27th  June 2019 for more information please use this link 

Road Closure Notice – Bookers Lane


NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the
Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on)
Lane, Earnley
from junction with Almodington Lane to the junction with
Clappers Lane with works outside The Old Rectory
is temporarily prohibited from
20/05/19 at 08:00 until 24/05/19 at 18:00

The restriction will be in place 24hrs

This closure is necessary to allow Southern Gas Networks to install a new
connection for a customer

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times
The alternative route for traffic will be signed via
Bracklesham Lane, Clappers Lane
and vice versa

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact
West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105

Any queries about the works please contact
Southern Gas Networks – 02392 624523
Dated 30 April 2019

Matt Davey
Head of Highways and Transport

Land Settlement Assoication Newsletter

The LSA newsletter is now available 


RSPB Events for JUNE 2019

APULDRAM                             Saturday 1 June

Morning Bird Walk on Fishbourne Marshes with Roger Morris of the RSPB Chichester Local Group.

Meet by car park next to Rymans, Map Ref: SU841033 at 10.00 am            

01243 262833


DUNCTON                               Friday 7 June  

Evening walk to see and hear nightjars/woodcock on Lavington Common with Bob Yarham of the RSPB.

Meet in car park, Map Ref: SU952187 at 8.00 pm                 

01243 262833


SUSSEX WILDLIFE TRUST Events for June 2019

SLINDON                                 Tuesday 4 June

Evening Walk on The Rise of Northwood with David Hart from 7.0 pm until 9.30 pm approx.

Meet in Northwood car park, at end of Courthill Road, Slindon BN18 0RL.

Donations to the Trust appreciated. 01243 262833


EBERNOE                                 Sunday 16 June

Conservation – Bracken Control with Richard Wilson of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers on Ebernoe Common.

Meet in church car park at 10.00 am

01243 528056



WOOLBEDING                         Sunday 23 June

Conservation – Himalayan Balsam Control with Scot Robertson of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers

on The River Rother at 10.00 am            

01243 552113/07722 025339



Fire-hit Westhampnett site opening soon for green waste only



The fire-hit Westhampnett Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) will be open for residents to dispose of their green waste only from Thursday (18 April).

A blaze broke out in the main building at the centre involving more than 500 tonnes of household waste on 2 April and was extinguished on 9 April. However, the area where green waste is deposited was unaffected by the fire, enabling Viridor to re-open this part of the site.

Steve Read, the county council’s Director of Environment and Public Protection, said: “I’m pleased we will be able to offer residents this green waste disposal facility from Thursday and would like to thank everyone again for their patience and cooperation at this difficult time.

“Safety has to be our top priority and a structural engineer visited the site on Friday (12 April) to assess the damage to the main building there – the waste transfer station – and we await the outcome of this initial inspection.

“Until the extent of the damage to the building and concrete surround is known, we do not know which other parts of the site have been affected, and will therefore require works.

“We have to ensure it’s safe for both staff and the public, as well as ensuring compliance with all legislation and permits to allow the site to open.

“Once this is known, we will work with Viridor to develop a long-term plan for rebuilding the site.”

From Thursday, the Westhampnett site will be open for the disposal of green waste only, seven days a week from 9am-6pm.

Residents needing to dispose of other materials are advised to visit Bognor or Littlehampton HWRSs. Bognor and Littlehampton will remain open seven days a week until further notice. Please note these sites do NOT accept trailers or over-height vehicles (2.2m height restriction). Also, these sites do NOT accept plasterboard or asbestos.

The nearest trailer and over-height facility is Worthing HWRS or an alternative HWRS which accepts trailers is Billingshurst HWRS.

The alternate weekly (Thursday) service at the Witterings and Selsey is available and this service will accept trailers with the relevant permit.

HWRSs that accept asbestos are Burgess Hill, Crawley and Worthing. HWRSs that accept plasterboard are Billingshurst, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Shoreham and Worthing.

Please see our website 
for further details and updates.