EVENTS

The Society runs different types of events covering many aspects of wildlife and natural history : 

Lecture Evenings 
These popular events cover   many different wildlife topics, details below.
All lecture evenings will be held on Wednesdays in The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester.
(See Google map at bottom of home page) 
Lectures begin at 7.15pm. Doors will open at 6.30 pm.



Field Outings
These field outings, led by one of the expert members of the society, enable participants to see different aspects of wildlife and nature in the field. 

No meeting will be cancelled because of the weather so please wear suitable clothing and footwear. These meetings are open to members and non-members, children over 8 are welcome but should be under parental control. These outings always start promptly so please arrive in plenty of time. 

Any questions about these events, or if help needed re transport, please contact Gill Hance 01243 825187. In addition, if members have any ideas for outings or can offer to lead one themselves please contact Gill (as above). 
In accordance with Health & Safety Requirements, Chichester Natural History Society hereby gives notice- “The Society is prepared to assist members in making arrangements to enable them to participate in activities arranged by the Society. It cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any loss, injury or damage sustained by any person in consequence of their participation in any activity. Persons attending field outings do so on the understanding that they attend at their own risk”.

2017 - 5th Year of Surveys at Medmerry

All surveys are complete for 2017 - we now look forward to 2018 - see Medmerry Tab for details of 2017.
ALL surveys (approx. 2 hours in length) will start at 13:00 PROMPT, meeting at the RSPB Earnley Car Park at Grid Ref SZ 816 968 and then car sharing either to 1) Easton Lane for the 2 Plant Surveys  and the Grasshopper Survey  or along the track to the pools for the Dragonfly Surveys  (Little walking required on any date.) See Main Events List for more information. Sessions are open to all, no matter what your level of expertise, as guidance will be provided. We shall use the Society’s equipment but hand magnifiers, binoculars and reference books will be useful. Any questions or if help required with transport then please contact Philippa Arnott on philippa.arnott@uwclub.net   or phone 01243 575345.


Pub Events 

For new or inexperienced members: these are informal gatherings held at the Bull’s Head, Fishbourne. They are led by experienced members of the society with specialist knowledge of the subject and are a chance to learn more about some aspect of natural history or conservation in the company of an 'expert.' They usually last about an hour to an hour and a quarter. They are also social gatherings as we have lunch first, although there is no obligation to join this. There is a small charge of £1 per person.
These small meetings are limited to 10 members who must pre-book usually at the preceding lecture meeting.If that is not possible contact chair@chichesternaturalhistorysociety.org.uk or phone 01243 825187. Start time is at 1:30pm – members may wish to meet for lunch beforehand at 12:30pm. For details  click here 


Wednesday 1st November 2017 AGM and Members presentations.


Thursday 2nd November 2017   10:00 start, at PULBOROUGH RSPB RESERVE CAR PARK.
Leader - John Kelsall 
Grid Ref TQ 059 165
Wealth of Bird Life 


A half day walk around the reserve, guided by "what's in" on the flood plain, marsh and farmland. Much to see whatever the weather as there are several excellent hides available. Entry fee payable for non RSPB members. Optional - Lunch in the restaurant. Reserve is well signed just off the A283 between Pulborough and Storrington.



Wednesday 6 December 2017 Christmas Party

With quiz, raffle, first drink on the house, as well as members choice of poems to read out, and the photographic competition. Plates of finger food welcome.


Friday 8th December 2017  10:00 start, at CHIDHAM
Leader - David Hart
Grid Ref SU 793 034  
Shoreline and Farmland Wildlife 


A two hour walk, meeting at the sunken car park at the above grid reference. From A259, 1.5 miles west of Bosham roundabout, turn south into Chidham Lane, car park is a further 1.5 miles on.

Wednesday 3 January 2018                            Talk by Bryan Pinchen entitled "Strange, bizarre and true tales from the natural world"

Bryan Pinchen is a freelance ecologist specialising in the conservation of insects and their habitats, he is also the author, illustrator and publisher of a number of insect identification guides. His talk, 'Strange, Bizarre and True; tales from the natural world' takes us on an entertaining journey through some of the more obscure and fascinating details about a range of wildlife subjects that are sadly more typically hidden away in obscure reference books.

Wednesday 10th January 2018  10:00 start, at CHICHESTER LAKES
Leader - TBA 
Grid Ref SU 873 029   Postcode : PO20 1LA


A morning's walk around the gravel pit lakes and woodland with wildlife, divers, passerines and migrants to be seen. So much to appreciate so close to Chichester.

From A27 Chichester by-pass, take B2145 s/p Selsey. Take first exit at roundabout onto B2166 s/p North Mundham and Bognor Regis. At North Mundham, turn left at chicane onto unclassified road. Turn right into village hall car park.   
                       



Wednesday 7 February 2018                           Talk by Nik Knight entitled      "Bats - superheroes of the night"

Wednesday 7 March 2018                               Talk by Graham Bowring entitled   " Hedgehogs"

Wednesday 4 April 2018                                  Talk by Ian Currie  entitled       "Weatherman"

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