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”.

2018 - 5th Year of Surveys at Medmerry

 See Field Reports for results of 2018 surveys as they occur.
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, post code PO20 7JL, and then car sharing either to 1: Easton Lane for the 2 Plant Surveys (Fridays 8th & 15th June) and the Grasshopper Survey (Friday 3rd August) or 2: along the track to the pools for the Dragonfly Surveys (Fridays July 6th & September 7th). (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   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 Chris Hardy or Start time is at 1:30pm – members may wish to meet for lunch beforehand at 12:30pm. (as we do not pay  the pub for the room hire we would appreicate it if members who do not buy food would purchase a small drink). Thanks. For details  click here 

Wednesday 4 April                                   Talk by Ian Currie  entitled       "'The day it Rained Crabs and Frogs-Unusual Weather "

Ian Currie is a Amateur Meteorologist, speaker, broadcaster, author and editor of Weather eye magazine for all fascinated by our weather. 
He can guarantee an informative, interesting and at times light-hearted occasion

Wednesday 11 April     10:00 start at CHURCH NORTON AND THE SEVERALS for a half-day walk 
Leader - Tony Nevard
Grid Ref SZ 872 956  Postcode : PO20 9TD

Shoreline and mud flats with wild fowl and seabirds as well as hedgerow species. 
From A27 Chichester bypass take B2145 signed Selsey. After approx 6 miles, on a sharp right hand bend, turn left onto unclassified road
signed Church Norton.  Meet in Church Norton church carpark. (Members may be interested in seeing the stained glass wildlife window
in the Church after the walk). 

Friday 25 May       10:00 start TITCHFIELD HAVEN NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE - Half or Whole day. 
Leader - Tony Wootton
Grid Ref SU 536 024  Postcode : PO14 3JT

A carefully managed Reserve in the Meon Valley giving a mosaic of natural habitats - river, fen, pool, reedbed and meadow. 
A May visit should offer us sights of lots of young. Check their website ( for
sightings closer to the time.  

Take picnic lunch or eat at Reserve's cafe.

Contact Gill Hance (01243 825187) if willing to offer lifts to other members or if you need a lift yourself (£5 contributions to petrol requested).
Car park next to Hill Head Sailing Club or along sea wall.
Meet at ticket office at 10:00 and quote "Hance" to gain group entry rate of £3.75.

Tuesday 5 June        20:00-22:30 NIGHTJAR WALK REWELL WOODS
Leader - David Hart
Grid Ref SU 978 071  

Woodland walk, hoping to see and hear Nightjars and roding Woodcock and with any luck see woodland flowers and orchids. 

Take A27 east, past Fontwell towards Arundel - ignore first left (Mill Road), ignore second left (Shellbridge Road B2132), slow down and look for
entrance to Rewell Woods (approx 800 yards), CNHS signs will be on both sides of the carriageway. Continue along the track in your car to the
woodyard (approx 200 yards). Advise bringing torch and insect repellent. The entrance to the Rewell Woods (an iron gate) will need to be closed
once we start walking so it is ESSENTIAL not to be late. 

Friday 8 June       13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley
Grid Ref SZ 816 968   Postcode PO20 7JL
First Medmerry Survey (see above instructions)

Plant Survey 1 (a species list) - bring wildflower books

Saturday 9 June    20:30-23:00 MOTH TRAPPING EVENING  
Leader - David Hart 
Postcode BN18 0LZ

A special evening in prospect. The Society will have two moth traps set up once dusk falls. We will also hopefully have trapped a few moths the night before to be seen and discussed.
The Pavilion on Slindon Common will be open for hot drinks and toilets. Recommend bringing torch and insect repellent (and fine weather !). 

Take A27 east and at second Fontwell roundabout take first exit onto A29. At Slindon crossroads turn right into Mill Road, 200 yards on the right is Slindon Common.

Friday 15 June       13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley
Grid Ref SZ 816 968   Postcode PO20 7JL
Second Medmerry Survey (see above instructions)

Plant Survey 2 (using quadrats for gathering more quantitative data) - bring wildflower books 

Friday 6 July       13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley
Grid Ref SZ 816 968   Postcode PO20 7JL
Third Medmerry Survey (see above instructions)

Dragonflies 1 (earlier-flying species) - bring binoculars and dragonfly books and/or iRecord Dragonflies app (free for Apple and Android devices) 

Wednesday 1 August 10:00-12:30   WEST WITTERING WALK WITH BOTANICAL FOCUS. 
Leader   John Arnott 
Grid Ref SZ 778 984  Postcode PO20 8AJ

A walk from the village out to Ellanore Spit. John will talk to us about the ecology of shingle and saltmarsh habitats as well as our cultural relationships with 
some of the plants we find i.e. uses and folklore.

Meet West Wittering Village Green at Pound Road between the Landing Cafe and the Public toilets. Parking available on the main road or in Elms Lane.

Friday 3 August      13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley
Grid Ref SZ 816 968   Postcode PO20 7JL
Fourth Medmerry Survey (see above instructions)

Grasshoppers and Bush Crickets (using bat detectors and the Society's nets). Bring orthoptera books and/or iRecord Grasshoppers app (free for Apple and Android devices)

Friday 7 September    13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley
Grid Ref SZ 816 968   Postcode PO20 7JL
Fifth Medmerry Survey (see above instructions)

Dragonflies 2 (Later-flying species) - bring binoculars and dragonfly books and/or iRecord Dragonflies app (free for Apple and Android devices)


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