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1) Any members personal data that is held by Chichester Natural History Society (CNHS) will be used only for purposes associated with CNHS. This may include, but is not limited to, notifying you of forthcoming events that are either organised by CNHS, or which align with our objectives
2) Members data will never be made available to any other organisations. 
3) Only authorised members of the committee will have access to this data and will only use it for CNHS purposes.


2020 Photographic Competition

The Photographic Competition for 2020 will not take place as the Members Christmas Meeting has been cancelled dut to COVID-19. We are replacing it with a section of the Membership page with space for you to submit the 3 photos you would have entered so that we can all enjoy them. There is no particular theme just a natural history photo taken this year. Please send your submissions to

Below is the winning entry (among a very strong high quality set of entries) for 2019 submitted by Stuart Summers

Membership forms

We welcome new members and would like you to download a membership form and send it on to our membership Secretary Click here

Gift Aid form

Since we are a charity we can benefit from Gift Aid if you are subject to Income Tax. Click here

Phenology form for 2020

For a copy of the form to record your phenology sightings. click here 

2019 AGM Minutes

For a copy of the 2019 AGM Minutes click here

Book Loan Scheme

As we is accumulating a selection of books for use of our members it was thought that someone ought to be in charge of their care and distribution.  We now have 3 copies of Collins Wildflower Guide which will be of particular use to Medmerry surveyors and a Flora of Sussex.  To begin with I will keep all the books and can bring them to the indoor meetings.  However, they will mostly be needed in the spring and summer when we do not have indoor meetings.  Therefore, if anyone would like to borrow a book on a 4 week loan they can contact me and arrange either to collect the book from me or to meet somewhere mutually convenient.  There will be a signing out sheet so I can keep tabs on the books and make sure they are back in time for the next borrower.  A full list of titles will be available once I have all the books.
I do hope members will take the opportunity to use these books and find them useful.

Philippa Arnott               01243 575345             07840 859122    


We have purchased some promotional lapel badges and  car stickers to advertise our existence. They can be obtained at lecture evenings at £1 for a badge and a car sticker.


For a copy of the current Newsletter - Number 197 May 2020 click here

Deadline for articles for Newsletter 196 is 21 September 2020


Moth Trap For Sale from John Arnott

I have a Skinner design moth trap for sale.  It is made from exterior ply, complete with a base.  It has a 15W actinic tube light and can be powered via 240V mains electricity or via a 12V car battery or (for portability) a motorbike battery.  Note, battery not included.  Photos show both sets of electrics.  If needed, spare 15W actinic tubes are available from online ecology equipment suppliers for about £15.
The trap is very easy to assemble – it just slots together.  An instruction sheet is included.  When disassembled it packs fairly flat (photo) for transport or winter storage.  When assembled, the moth trap is half a metre square and 40 cm high.  It is too big to keep in our little conservatory over the summer so I have replaced it with a smaller one (the white box in the photo).
Price is £50 (electrics are what make any of these traps expensive and this one has a double set) via online banking.  I’m happy to deliver to the West Sussex area around Chichester.
Mild humid nights in late summer and autumn are ideal for moth trapping.  It can be a year round hobby but don’t expect much in winter.  I’ve included photos of a few of the star species from our garden so far this summer.
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See below for examples of species attracted by moth traps.

Ready for Action

Ready for Transport

The trap in  parts

Ruby Tiger

White Ermine

Privet Hawk-moth

Elephant  Hawk-moth

Chichester, West Sussex

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