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The Society Registered CharityNo 259211The 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 NewsRecording our dataDavid Powles wishes to pass on his role at the start of next year so we need to find a replacement sometime soon to allow for a handover. The role is a data handling one rather than requiring an in-depth knowledge of natural history. It probably amounts to about 3-4 days work per year, and can be spread however the person carrying out the role wishes. David has it all well organised so it would not require a lot of effort to take on. We just need someone who is happy to enter data into a computer, and liaise with Gay Dent who receives the original sightings.For details of the data see item below.If you are interested in taking on this role please contact Rosemary Marshall or Christian Hance in the first instance.Help wanted for wildlife cornersOne of our members Mary Iden working through Transition Chichester to get permission, has done a lot of work establishing wildlife corners in the parks. Is there anyone who lives in Chichester who could help her continue this? ...more 2016 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. (See above - David wants to pass on the role) 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 1 October 2016

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Website updates01/10/2016 First Pub Meeting Title amended21/9/2016 2017 Winter Field Outings added16/9/2016 Final Medmerry survey report added27/8/2016 Clouded Yellow Sighting added23/8/2016 Chichester tree walk report added.18/8/2016 Trundle report added

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