The Society runs different types of events covering many aspects of wildlife and natural history but note that the Covid-19 virus has caused most events to be cancelled.

New: Zoom Lecture Evenings
Starting January 2021, we are offering Zoom lectures during the continuing Coronavirus Epidemic, while our usual Indoor Lectures cannot be held.  Zoom details will be emailed to members before each lecture.
Zoom will open at 7.00 for logon before the 7.15 start. 

Wednesday 7 April 2021 - Amphibian Conservation, both locally and around the world, witha special focus on frogs and toads and urban pond/habitat creation.  CiCi Blumstein, Sussex Amphibian and Reptile Group Outreach and Social Media Officer.  CiCi Blumstein is also an artist and frog collaborator, aka Agent Amphibian.

Indoor Lectures - currently cancelled due to Coronavirus
These popular events cover  many different wildlife topics.
All lecture evenings will be held on Wednesdays in The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester, monthly from September to April.
(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.

2021 - 8th Year of Surveys at Medmerry- will the coronovirus let these happen???

We have arranged the survey dates as below, but any surveys will be subject to the COVID restrictions prevailing at the time. We have added a number of extra dates to cater for poor weather or repeat surveys if only small groups are allowed.

 See Field Reports for results of 2020 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 to appropriate Survey Site. (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 always be useful. Any questions or if help required with transport then please contact Philippa Arnott on or phone 01243 575345

Friday June 4                      DAFOR – survey of abundance of wild flowers

Friday June 11                   2nd DAFOR or reserve day for bad weather

Friday June 18                   Quadrat survey of wild flowers

Friday June 25                   2nd Quadrats or reserve day for bad weather

Friday July 2                        Early dragonflies

Friday July 9                        2nd Early dragonflies or reserve day for bad weather

 Friday August 6                 Grasshoppers and bush crickets

Friday August 13               2nd Grasshoppers and bush crickets or reserve day for bad weather

 Friday September 3           Late dragonflies

Friday September 10           2nd Late dragonflies or reserve day for bad weather, Celebration Tea


Pub Events - all cancelled due to current Corvid restrictions.
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 


In line with the Government’s Roadmap announced on February 22nd, Chi Nats Field Outings can now recommence; we shall be following the Society’s own guidelines as shown below:-
  • Field Outings to be a maximum of 6 attendees including the leader. Multiple dates will be offered, thus giving greater opportunity for members to attend. 
  • Pre-booking essential, with confirmation of members' up to date contact details.
  • Participants must not have tested positive for Covid 19 in the last 14 days, be exhibiting any symptoms nor awaiting test results. 
  • Social distancing of 2 metres to be observed at all times.
  • No sharing of binoculars or other equipment
  • Members attend at their own risk.

April Field Outings to Burton Mill Pond

These will be on April 19th, 20th and 21st starting at 10:00 and lasting approximately 2 hours.
This area offers a microcosm of different habitats – woodland, heath, bog and lakes, with much of interest to be seen. Take the A27 east from Chichester, turn left onto the A285 to Petworth. A mile past Duncton, turn right signposted Burton Mill. Park, tidily in the car park near the Mill. 

Pre booking is essential by emailing

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