Field Reports

Thursday 21 April 2022             Hunston Copse           Leaders:  Stephanie and Alan Carn

This is one of the regular walks we can do on foot from home in Chichester, and we thought Chi Nats members would enjoy exploring an area that many drive past but few explore more fully. There were 17 of us in North Mundham Car park, and we walked south through North Mundham, by a footpath near the church to Hunston Copse.  Lots of birdsong on the way, and a fine display of bluebells, wood anemones and lesser celandine in the copse itself, which is a piece of old woodland surrounded by intensive arable farming.

We returned the same way, and then went along Post Office Lane to Footpath Nursery and along the footpath after which it is presumably named, to Runcton Lane. From here we turned right and then left on another footpath skirting the edge of the grounds of Runcton Mill. The mill made use of part of Pagham Rife in past centuries when it was a working mill. Now the water is used for more ornamental effect.  The extremely dry weather meant we didn’t come across the usual boggy areas. We walked along Salthams Lane back to Runcton Mill, passing a village pond with mallard.

Finally, we retraced our steps to Post Office Lane, and on the way back to the car park, walked a little way along a section of the former Portsmouth to Arundel canal, which has been cleared in recent years by the Manhood Wildlife group, and saw a family of moorhens. About three miles altogether with a range of habitat from old woodland, to grazing meadows.

List of birds heard and/or seen: Buzzard, cormorant, wren, house sparrow, robin, rook, chiff chaff, wood pigeon, magpie, feral pigeon, blackcap. Great tit, green woodpecker, blackbird, greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch, mallard, greater spotted woodpecker, stock dove, long tailed tit, pheasant, moorhen, collar dove, blue tit.

Insects: cranefly, hoverfly, orange tip, comma, brimstone, small white, large white, red damselfly, bumble bee

Mammals: grey squirrel

Flowering plants: bluebell anemone, lesser celandine, butterbur, field maple, three cornered leek, red campion are just a few.

Stephanie and Alan Carn

Hunston April 2022
ChiNats Members


Oak tree coming into leaf Hunston April 2022
Male Blackbird

Hunston April 2022

Hunston April 2022

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