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The Society The Chichester Natural History Society aims to study and record all branches of natural history; to entertain its members; and, by co-operating with other like-minded groups, to help conserve the flora and fauna of Sussex - especially in Chichester. We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2013.Members of the Society are drawn from all walks of life but share a common interest in the natural history of West Sussex. Some members are experts in aspects of natural history, while others are newcomers to the subject. New members are always welcome. Guest lecture evenings are held on Wednesdays in winter, and field outings are arranged throughout the year to various locations in West Sussex, and occasionally further afield. For further information about the Society and its activities please browse this web-site or contact the Chairman: Rosemary Marshall3, St Richards Lodge91, Spitalfied LaneChichester PO19 6SJ01243 Charity No 259211

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Send the following details to the Membership Secretary, David Hart by phone, write, or email to:Phone: 01243 814497Address: The Heys, Bridle Lane Slindon Common BN18 0NAEmail: chinatsweb@gmail.comFull Name.........................................Address.................................................................................................................................................................................................Post Code......................Tel rates are: Single membership £10.00 pa.Joint/family membership £18.00 paSend no money now. We will contact you by return.

Society NewsNOTICE BOARDOther Group's events, for sale notices etc. click here.HELP WANTEDThis year for our first publicity effort we have decided that we would like to exhibit our wares at the Weald and Downland Food and Country Show which will take place on Sunday 4th and Monday 5th May. We think this could attract a lot of people who may be interested in Chi. Nats. Please if you can spare a couple of hours on either of these days to help with the stall contact Rosemary Marshall on 527014. Apart from us, this promises to be a very interesting event – you could combine your visit with helping on the stall! Rosemary MarshallSPECIAL FIELD OUTING Wednesday 30th April GREAT BUSTARDS VISIT, an all-day outing, departing around 9.00 am. Following our excellent talk by David Waters, we have a booking for 28 people, with 14 visiting the secret release site at 11.30 am and the remaining 14 visiting at 2.00 pm. A pub lunch for all, in the ‘interval’, is recommended at a nearby hostelry. Gill Hance (01243 825187) is able to answer any queries about the trip and it is imperative to sign up as soon as possible on a ‘first come first served’ basis and by March 5th at the very latest. Cost is £10 per person for the site visit and transport will be shared. Other costs are lunch plus parking fees and shared transport costs. Great Bustard merchandise will also be available for purchase. Toilets are available and although no great walking is involved, wellies will be needed if it has been wet. Binoculars and telescopes will be very useful but the Bustard Group also has some that can be borrowed. WEBSITE ON IPADThe current upgrade of the free Puffin Web Browser now appears to display the website correctly on all IpadsJohn KelsallARTS & CRAFTS 2014Members are encouraged to show their work in a display at the Members’ Evening in December. Craft work, Art work and Photography are all included for sale or just for show.RECORDINGRecording has long been one of the Society’s major activities – through organised surveys, field outings and sightings reported by individual members.Now David Powles has taken on the task of computerising all the Society’s records using a standard software package, Mapmate. This will collate all our records and allow them to be passed on easily to other recording organisations - especially the Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre at Woods Mill.When making a sighting to be entered into Mapmate please record as much as possible of the following information:1. date2. name of the person making the sighting3. if possible the name of a person who can confirm the sighting4. location – a six-figure grid reference or as accurate a description of the location as possible5. number seen6. any other relevant information Even if you can’t provide all this information it is important to submit the record. We will then see if it can be authenticated and entered into Mapmate. It will probably take a while to get the system up and working efficiently, but to start please let me have details of any sightings you make by telephone (01243 787218) or e-mail ( PerrySTAG BEETLE RECORDS 2014The Stag Beetle season starts soon, and we will be repeating our Stag Beetle survey Please let Mike Perry have details of your sightings of Stag Beetles - dead or alive. If possible, please include the following information:i. date and time of sightingii. number of beetlesiii. male or femaleiv. locationv. what was the beetle was doingDon’t worry if you can’t provide all this information – even partial records are valuable.

Welcome to the Chichester Natural History Society Website

Last Updated 16 April 2014


Website updates16/4/2014 Addition to Fracking Article14/4/2014 Swallow sighting5/4/2014 First Medmerry visit.2/4/2014 Orange Tip sighting added27/3/2014 NB updated13/3/2014 Butterfly sightings added

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