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)
Non-members cost £3, members free.
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 ( or 01243 825187). In addition, if members have any ideas for outings or can offer to lead one themselves, please contact Gill. 

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”.

2019 - 6th Year of Surveys at Medmerry

 See Field Reports for results of 2018 surveys .
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 7th & 14th June) and the Grasshopper Survey (Friday 2nd August) or 2: along the track to the pools for the Dragonfly Surveys (Fridays July 5th & September 6th). (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 
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 15 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 


After a very educational and enthralling lecture on Bumblebees we received this message from the speaker Nigel Madge of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust>
Please thank the members, as we made over £200 in sales and donations.
If anyone needs help in setting up a BeeWalk, I will be more than happy to help them on their way.
Kind regards

Wednesday 6th March 2019 Pallant Suite 7.15 pm

"Woodland Trust - Standing up for trees"” by Susan Davies of the Woodland Trust

This talk will cover trees, current threats and diseases, creation of new woodland, protecting existing and ancient woodlands.  Susan is a Fellow at the University of Edinburgh who lives locally. Previously working in the city as a risk analyst, she is now an 'NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow' who works in the area of natural disturbance risks to forests i.e. wind, fire, pests and diseases, drought etc to adapt academic science on forest risks to be of use to external audiences such as the Forestry Commission, forest insurers and managers and so forth. The Woodland Trust is also a project partner of her work.

As part of her project to attract more brimstone butterflies Mary Iden will be bringing bare root alder buckthorn plants for sale at £1 each to this meeting. (See Notices on Membership page)

Friday March 22nd 2019 10:00-12:30  FARLINGTON MARSHES 
Leader   Tony Wootton 
Grid Ref SU 679 044

Take the A27 west, from Chichester, for approx. 12 miles, then exit for A2030. At the end of the slip road, at the roundabout, turn very sharp left into the unclassified road, back alongside the slip road. Park at far end of lane. A variety of habitats, partly maintained by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, including marsh, shoreline, ponds and harbour, offering great sightings of a variety of birds.

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 Pallant Suite 7.15 pm
“The Development of Medmerry over 5 Years” by Steve Webster – Manager, RSPB Pagham and Medmerry

Medmerry reserve was created in 2013, the largest coastal realignment in the UK, providing a fantastic new saltmarsh and meadow habitat. Chichester Natural History Society has been involved for several years with surveys. Come and hear more about how the wildlife is moving in.

Thursday 4th April 2019  10:30  A RETURN TO HOLLYBANK WOODS
Leader    John Bond 
Grid Ref   SU 746 078

General natural history and woodland management. A 2 hour walk, a follow up to our visit two years ago. Take picnic lunch to enjoy at end.  
Meet at top of Hollybank Lane by the "Friends of Hollybank Noticeboard". 
From roundabout on A259 in centre of Emsworth, turn north passing under A27. Follow Horndean road for approximately 1 mile and then right into Southleigh Road. After approximately a quarter of a mile turn left into Hollybank Lane.  Park in Hollybank Lane itself or local side roads.

Friday 3rd May 10.00 start. AMBERLEY WILDBROOKS
Leader John Kelsall

Grid Ref TQ 030 163

A half day walk through this SSI, especially on the lookout for migrant bird species. Meet at Greatham Bridge, which can be found by turning right off the A29 in Coldwaltham into Brook Lane, signposted Greatham, approx. 4.5 miles north of the Whiteways Lodge roundabout. Check Chichester Natural History Society Website and/or await May Events email for exact parking details nearer the time, as at time of writing there were restrictions due to the recent rain. 

Monday 20th May 19.00 start.  ‘RISE OF NORTHWOOD’.
Leader David Hart
Grid Ref SU 959 099

An evening walk, led by David Hart, to see all the latest developments at the ‘The Rise of Northwood Project’ (see National Trust website) and to check up on the trees planted by the Society in February 2018 as part of our Legacy Projects. We shall also see the new Littlewood Lookout, proposed pond site and how the rewilding areas are doing. Meet at the parking area towards the end of Nore Wood Lane approximately 1 mile north of Slindon. (Bring along your bat recorders if you have one, just in case…..)

How can we help/observe wildlife in our own backyards/gardens. Please contact Gill Hance (as above) if you would like to welcome members to your patch, whatever size. Perhaps you have ideas to share or are after some suggestions from other members?

Friday 7th June 13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley - FIRST MEDMERRY SURVEY
Grid Ref SZ 816 968 Postcode PO20 7JL See above for detailed instructions.

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

Friday 14th June 13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley - SECOND MEDMERRY SURVEY
Grid Ref SZ 816 968 Postcode PO20 7JL See above for detailed instructions.

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

Monday 17th June 10.00 start. IPING COMMON. 
Leader Helen Dignum
Grid Ref SU 852 220 Postcode GU29 0PB

A morning’s walk through this excellent example of lowland heath with its wealth of fauna and flora. Large car park on Elsted Road just off the A272, approx. 2 miles west of Midhurst.
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Tuesday 25th June 10.00 start, finish by 2.00 BURPHAM
Leader David Hart
Grid Ref TQ 041 097

A chance to see farm-land birds as well as good numbers of raptors, hedgerow species and grey partridge which the Norfolk Estate is well known for breeding. As you are leaving Arundel, going east heading towards Worthing, go over railway bridge and turn immediately left and drive through Warningcamp and Wepham. As you approach Burpham, go down steep hill and as you go up the other side the main road branches left but members should head straight over. This is a dangerous bend, so slow down and follow David’s signs. Meet at the top of the next hill. Bring a picnic to enjoy, as we’re promised an excellent picnic spot. 

Friday 5th July 13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley - THIRD MEDMERRY SURVEY
Grid Ref SZ 816 968 Postcode PO20 7JL See above for detailed instructions.

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

Thursday 11th July 10.30 LEVIN DOWN - BUTTERFLIES
Leaders Chris Furlepa and Dorothy Rodefeld
Meet at Grid Ref 879 114

A Butterfly focused walk through this Wildlife Trust Reserve, led by Chris Furlepa and Dorothy Rodefeld who have recently followed in Ann Griffiths’ footsteps in monitoring the butterflies here. Initial steep climb. Close focusing binoculars useful. Take a picnic lunch. Meet at the ‘Triangle’ car park on the north side of The Trundle at above Grid Reference for car share to the foot of Levin Down.

Friday 2nd August 13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley - FOURTH MEDMERRY SURVEY
Grid Ref SZ 816 968 Postcode PO20 7JL See above for detailed 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)

Wednesday 21st August 19.00 start    CHICHESTER CANAL 
Grid Ref SU 865 023

An evening nature walk along the canal with the added chance of using the Society’s new Bat Equipment as dusk falls. Meet at the car park close to the canal ‘bend’ just north of Hunston. If you have bat detectors of your own and reference books then do bring them along, together with a small torch for personal safety.

Friday 6th September 13:00 start RSPB car park at Earnley – FIFTH MEDMERRY SURVEY
Grid Ref SZ 816 968 Postcode PO20 7JL See above for detailed 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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