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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, David Hart by phone, write, or email to:Phone: 01243 814497Address: The Heys, Bridle Lane Slindon Common BN18 0NAEmail: 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 NewsNOTICE BOARDOther Group's events, for sale notices etc. click here.CURRENT CAMPAIGNS AND PLANNING ISSUESCurrent Issues are fracking and Maybush Orchard proposed Development....more At the moment just Kirdford/Wisborough Green and Fernhurst have been recommended fracking no go areas.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.ukHELP WANTEDWe have one more publicity effort for which volunteers are required. This is in the autumn on the 11th and 12th October at the Weald and Downland Museum - the Autumn Coutryside Show.We think this will attract a lot of people who may be interested in Chi. Nats. Please if you can spare a couple of hours on either of the two 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 MarshallARTS & 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 (mikeperry@waitrose.com)Mike 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 17 September 2014

Webmaster john@johnkelsall.wanadoo.co.uk

Website updates17/9/2014 Field events updated15/9/2014 Last Medmerry survey illustrated9/9/2014 Events updated4/9/2014 Sightings added27/8/2014 Levin Down walk report added 8/8/2014 Expansion of detail on Winter Lectures3/8/2014 Medmerry August visit report

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