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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 2019 form

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

2018 AGM

For a copy of the 2018 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 193 February 2019 click here

Deadline for articles for Newsletter 194 is 21 May 2019


A music and words evening glorying in our feathered friends - 7.30 Friday May 3 at Christ Church off South Street, with retiring collection for Save the Children. Refreshment interval. The RSPB and the WWT reserve at Arundel, together with Chinats, are being offered promotional spots during the event.
Terry Timblick 537812

My new project is to try to increase the numbers of brimstone butterflies in the area by encouraging local residents to plant alder buckthorn bushes in their gardens. I am organising this under the umbrella of Transition Chichester.
I have bought 100 from an RH-approved hedging company, and am busy selling these at cost price ie £1 each to whoever is willing to buy them.
I was wondering if I could bring some bushes along to the Chinats meeting on 6th March to sell to any members who might be willing to plant one or more bushes in their garden? The bushes need to be planted in the next few weeks, and preferably as soon as possible, while they are still relatively dormant - they are bare root. I would like to keep a record of where each bush was planted, and to receive an update about any sightings of brimstones attracted to the bushes. I would then circulate news of the project to everyone who had planted a bush - or at least all those who wanted to be kept informed.
Also, I wondered whether it would be possible to put on the Chinats website something about the project, so that members might be forewarned before the March meeting. Ideally, those wishing to buy a bush or two would come armed with a few £1 coins, and plastic supermarket bags to take the bushes home in.
Mary Iden
Note: This has been agreed and Mary brought the plants to the next lecture evening (Wednesday 6 March) and about 30-40 were sold. If you want more contact Mary Iden directly.


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