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.
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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.