Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Registered Charity No 259211

The Chichester Natural History Society, Chi Nats for short, is a friendly group of local people with a shared interest in all aspects of wildlife, who have been studying and recording all branches of natural history for over 50 years. We do this in an entertaining manner and, in cooperation with other like-minded groups, help conserve the flora and fauna of Sussex. Members of the Society share a common interest in natural history and while some are experts in particular wildlife fields, others are newcomers to the subject. New members are always welcome - Single membership £12 per annum, Joint/Family Membership £22 per annum.

Contact email secretary@chichesternaturalhistorysociety.org.uk

Autumn 2023 (full details on the events pages)


Friday 1st December 10:00-12:00 SECRETS OF TREE AND SHRUB IDENTIFICATION IN WINTER Leader - John Arnott Grid Ref SU SU 865 086 (corrected Grid Ref)
Following on from the winter twig ID quiz as part of the 2022 Christmas party, John will lead us on a short wander to develop our tree and shrub identification skills.

Wednesday 6th December – CHRISTMAS PARTY 19:15 for 19:30. 
Two light-hearted natural history quizzes, the photography competition, a free drink and a raffle. Please bring a plate of finger food.

Wednesday 3rd January - Indoor Lecture.  Celebrating Medmerry Nature Reserve - ten years on.

2023 Membership and renewals.

Membership for 2023 -2024 is due from 1 October 2023.  Click here for the 2023 Membership and renewal form.


See our new facebook page for members' wildlife sightings, join and upload your own sightings. Click here to find our facebook page.


The 2022 Phenology results can be downloaded here. See Information/Phenology forms and reports for more details and previous years' results.
Download the 2023 Phenology form.

This year's Photographic Competion for the Christmas meeting has the theme "Natural Life in Sussex".


ChiNATS is starting to use iRecord to record our sightings on field outings. You can also use it to submit any wildlife sightings of your own.  Find out more here on the ChiNATS iRecord guide or see the iRecord website.

The Big Meadow Survey - look for species on an area of local grassland.  See recent mailing or our news page here.


Intrepid ChiNATS members on the field outing at Nutbourne on 16 November. (Photo Christian Hance)



Field outings, small groups led by some of our experts, are arranged throughout the year to various wildlife locations in West Sussex. Lecture evenings are held regularly in Chichester over the  winter, while lunchtime sessions in a local pub allow a small group to focus on a particular aspect of nature. 


Our Blog

In addition to our formal surveys we encourage our members to record wildlife wherever they see it. There is so much to be seen in our local area as we are fortunate in being close to a wide range of diverse habitats.



On our field trips we encounter a wide range of wildlife and many of our members are keen wildlife photographers.

January and February Indoor meetings added
Nutbourne & Prinsted Marsh Field report added
Farlington Marshes Field report added
2023 - 2024 Membership form added
2023 Moth trapping report added

Any questions on the website please send an email to Web-Master@chichesternatural historysociety.org.uk s

The blog allows you to log wildlife sightings and comment on those put up by other members - please use it.
We still need to keep the sightings book so please enter any observations in the sightings book on lecture evenings.

We would welcome more photos for the site from members

Below is shown number of visitors to the site from April 2017.

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