Speaker Meetings

All evening events will be held on the first Wednesday of the month from September to April in The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester PO19 1SY.
Doors will open at 6.30 pm and lectures begin at 7.15pm.

There will be plenty of space between the seats and good ventilation. You are encouraged to wear a face covering when moving around.
The events will be free to members and cost £3 for non-members.

 Wednesday 6th October 19:15 at the Pallant Suite, Chichester

We will be returning to our usual indoor meeting venue, COVID-19 regulations permitting.

Speaker: Pete Hughes, one of the Ecologists with Chichester Harbour Conservancy will tell us about his work protecting and enhancing the wildlife in the harbour. He will also discuss the latest developments on the water quality issues currently causing problems in the harbour.

Refreshments, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. Please bring your own cup.


Wednesday 3rd November:

The Society’s AGM. Afterwards short ‘show and tell’ presentations on ChiNats and other local projects, including Phenology, Field outings, Bat recording, Moth trapping, 2021 Medmerry Survey, Brandy Hole Copse, Levin down Butterflies and Turtle Dove survey


Wednesday 1st December:   CANCELLED

Christmas party with food, drink and seasonal entertainment. 
Bring along three photographic prints, any size, for the Garden Wildlife Photography Competition.


Wednesday 5th January 2022
Andrew Gaunt, from Defra will speak on the risks to the environment from alien invasive pests and diseases, his role and the work of the government Plant Health Inspectorate in protecting agriculture, horticulture and the wider environment from such pests and diseases.
Examples of the species posing a risk and requiring control measures are:
Phytophthora species are fungus like plant pathogens. Phytophthora ramorum and P. kernoviae are exotic species that cause damage to trees, shrubs and other plants. Government policy on P. ramorum and P. kernoviae is to reduce the spread and impact of these pathogens in the wider environment.
The Citrus longhorn beetle (Anoplophora chinensis) is a serious invasive pest that is found in South East Asia, with outbreaks in Italy, Croatia and Turkey. It can infest a very wide range of broadleaved trees and would be a major threat to horticulture and the wider environment if they became established.
Andrew lives in Fishbourne and as a hobby grows and maintains the National Collection of Ornamental Gingers Hedychium species at his nursery near Birdham.

2022 01 Indoor lecture speaker

Pub Meetings

 These are informal gatherings held once a month on a Wednesday at the Bull’s Head, Fishbourne, over the winter months from October to April.  A chance to meet fellow members, enjoy a lunch on a cold winter's day, and learn more about a subject, with a talk led by an experienced member of the society with specialist knowledge of the subject. 

The group meets for lunch at 12.30, and finishes about 2.30pm. 
These small meetings are limited to ten members who must pre-book and order their meal usually at the preceding lecture meeting.
Members pay for their meal at the bar on arrival.  Everyone will be served together at one sitting.
The Society charges £1 per person, payable on the day, to cover speaker expenses.

Wednesday 17th November. The History of the Fenland.  Jim Bagley

Wednesday 12th January 2022. Tide and times of Nutbourne Marshes.  Mick Evans

Wednesday 9th February.  Dormouse Days. Rob and Maria Wildman

Organiser: Dee Bowerman    d.bowerman@live.co.uk   01243 576981

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