Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Welcome to the
Chichester Natural History Society Website

Registered Charity No 259211

The Chichester Natural History Society, Chi Nats for short, is a friendly group of local people with a shared interest in all aspects of wildlife, who have been studying and recording all branches of natural history for over 50 years. We do this in an entertaining manner and, in cooperation with other like-minded groups, help conserve the flora and fauna of Sussex. Members of the Society share a common interest in natural history and while some are experts in particular wildlife fields, others are newcomers to the subject. New members are always welcome - Single membership £12 per annum, Joint/Family Membership £22 per annum.

Contact email secretary@chichesternaturalhistorysociety.org.uk

Spring 2024 (full details on the Events Pages)


Thursday 18th April. Levin Down Nature Reserve: Spring flowers and birds.  A special walk around Levin Down with the Volunteer Warden Robert Eadie.
Meet at 10.00 in Charlton Village at the junction of Charlton Village.  Optional lunch at the Fox goes Free, Charlton, afterwards.

Meet at 10.00 at the West Stoke Car Park  Post code PO18 9BP  Grid Ref SU 825 088
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A walk with the Reserve’s Manager, Rachel Guy, around this remarkable place managed by Natural England and which we’re fortunate to have right on our doorstep. As well as being a National Nature Reserve it is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.  So much to see and learn. More details nearer the time.

Saturday 8 June.  Bioblitz at St Mary's Churchyard, Whyke, Chichester. Start 9.00

Medmerry 2024 dates have been updated on the events page.

2023 Membership and renewals.

Membership for 2023 -2024 is due from 1 October 2023.  Click here for the 2023 Membership and renewal form.

Phenology -  the new season of recording has begun.  Download the 2024 Phenology form here. 
Review the 2023 Phenology results,
download here.


See our new facebook page for members' wildlife sightings, join and upload your own sightings. Click here to find our facebook page.

This year's Photographic Competion for the Christmas meeting has the theme "Natural Life in Sussex".


ChiNATS is starting to use iRecord to record our sightings on field outings. You can also use it to submit any wildlife sightings of your own.  Find out more here on the ChiNATS iRecord guide or see the iRecord website.




Field outings, small groups led by some of our experts, are arranged throughout the year to various wildlife locations in West Sussex. Lecture evenings are held regularly in Chichester over the  winter, while lunchtime sessions in a local pub allow a small group to focus on a particular aspect of nature. 


Our Blog

In addition to our formal surveys we encourage our members to record wildlife wherever they see it. There is so much to be seen in our local area as we are fortunate in being close to a wide range of diverse habitats.



On our field trips we encounter a wide range of wildlife and many of our members are keen wildlife photographers.

2024 Mothing Morning dates added to Outdoor events page
Levin Down and bioblitz events added
Summer and autumn field outings added
Medmerry dates amended
2025 Indoor Lecture Programme added

Any questions on the website please send an email to Web-Master@chichesternatural historysociety.org.uk s

The blog allows you to log wildlife sightings and comment on those put up by other members - please use it.
We still need to keep the sightings book so please enter any observations in the sightings book on lecture evenings.

We would welcome more photos for the site from members

Below is shown number of visitors to the site from April 2017.

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