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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 527014rosemary@embonpoint.plus.comRegistered Charity No 259211

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Send the following details to the Membership Secretary, Sarah Hall by phone, write, or email to:Phone: 01243 531413Address:IvybankSummersdale RoadChichester PO19 6PNEmail: cnhsweb9@gmail.comFull Name.........................................Address.................................................................................................................................................................................................Post Code......................Tel Number....................email............................................Membership rates are: Single membership £10.00 pa.Joint/family membership £18.00 paSend no money now. We will contact you by return.

Society NewsNEW SECRETARY REQUIREDOur friendly and efficient Committee needs someone to learn, then take over the role of Secretary as Philippa Arnott is coming to the end of her term.The main activities of the Secretary are: •Attendance at the Committee meetings and the AGM, to take, transcribe and distribute the Minutes to the Committee. Currently the arrangement is that the Chair emails the Agenda for the forthcoming meetings to the Secretary who circulates it, together with the Minutes from the previous meeting, to the Committee about a week in advance. •The Secretary’s phone number is published as a contact number for people to ring with queries they may have about the Society or a forthcoming meeting. •Support of the Chair – undertaking any reasonable tasks requested by same. •The Secretary should, with the other Committee members, chat to members, especially new members, at lecture evenings and make them feel welcome.We have 4 meetings a year, it is not necessary to do shorthand. Although reasonable familiarity with a computer is important the input has already been made very simple. The term of the appointment is three years, with an option for another three.THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT POSITION, AS WE ARE A REGISTERED CHARITY, WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FUNCTION WITHOUT A SECRETARY. Please give it your consideration, then contact Philippa 01243 575345 myself (Rosemary) 01243 527014 or any other committee member for further details, without obligation.Rosemary Marshall2016 Photographic CompetitionAfter the success of last year's competition we shall do it again this year. A couple of rules this time. The theme is "Seasons" and the entries to be in the form of 3 A4 prints.Preferably all taken in 2016.2015 AGM MINUTESWe shall circulate the AGM minutes in the September Newsletter just prior to the AGM itself. In the meantime they are available to peruse here.Pub Meetings change of VenueThese will now be held at The Bull's Head, Fishbourne and will start half an hour earlier. details hereNOTICE BOARDOther Group's events, for sale notices etc. click here.ANY QUESTIONS?If you have any natural history questions, our President, John Herring has indicated that he is happy to respond. General interest question could generate a whole new webpage!John's email is j.herring@live.co.ukRECORDINGRecording 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 to Gaye Dent on 01243 785738 email: jlgadent@gmail.comby.Gaye Dent

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Last Updated 4 May 2016

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Website updates4/5/2016 2016/17 Pub Meetings added3/5/2016 Guernsey Trip report added to Articles27/4/2016 Northwood visit report added.26/4/2016 Completed events deleted14/4/2016 Arundel Wetland Centre report started7/4/2016 2016/17 Indoor Meeting added31/3/2106 West Dean daffodils are Sighted

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