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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 NewsGentle ReminderTuesday August 11 at 10:30amAn Invite from Horsham Natural History Society for their Insect Day at Cattlestone Farm, West Chiltington. Please let Rosemary know if you would like to attend so that we can give HNHS some idea of numbersSpringtime in Guernsey - April 2016Springtime in Guernsey - April 24th 2016 7 days, 6 nights by Air £780.00. No Single Person Supplement. Would you be interested in joining us for a week of bird watching, walking, astronomy and relaxation in the beautiful natural Island of Guernsey. Departing Sunday 24th April - Saturday 30th April, 7 days 6 nights staying at the comfortable Saints Bay Hotel, Bed Breakfast and Evening Meal. Coach travel from Chichester to Southampton Airport, Executive coach to places of interest during our stay, optional day on Herm Island. April is a wonderful month for observing migrating birds through the Islands, summer visitors, winter visitors and passage migrants. The Hotel is situated opposite Moulin Huet Bay where Renoir painted, and Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables in St.Peter Port. The Cliff Paths outside the Hotel offer stunning walks along the South Coast and boast a wealth of wild flower meadows and an abundance of insect life. To register an interest in the first instance, please phone Denise Bowerman 01243 576981 or email d.bowerman@live.co.uk ( Limited to 25 places.) Available to Members of CNHS and their friends/family.DBVOLUNTEERS REQUIREDOur only stall event this year is at the Harbour Conservancy's Countryside Day at Eames Farm, Thorney Island on Saturday 5th September. Help is required to man the stall for 1-2 hour slots. Please contact Daphne Flach(01243 763118, flach.daphne@gmail.com) for details NOTICE BOARDOther Group's events, for sale notices etc. click here.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.CURRENT CAMPAIGNS AND PLANNING ISSUESReference the Maybush Orchard proposed DevelopmentThe Planning Inspector has dismissed the Developer's Appeal!! .It's great news. Something to celebrate!Thanks so much to everybody who supported the campaign. It was a terrific response and we are so pleased that the Inspector has made the right decision! 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

Welcome to the Chichester Natural History Society Website

Last Updated 28 July 2015

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Website updates27/7/2015 Guernsey visit invite added24/7/2015 Reminder of HNHS Insect Day24/7/2015 Maybush Copse sightings added23/7/2015 Thursley report added13/7/2015 Five Oaks Cottage report added9/7/2015 Cinnabar caterpillars sighted5/7/2015 Third Medmerry survey report added

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