EVENTS

The Society runs different types of events covering many aspects of wildlife and natural history.
          Indoor Speaker Meetings
         Field Outings
          Medmerry Surveys

          Moth Trapping
          Pub Meetings

Field Outings

There is currently no need to pre-book on to a Field Outing unless otherwise stated. The Committee expects attendees to observe any prevailing government health guidance . Members, as always, attend events at their own risk.

ChiNats always welcomes more volunteers to step forward to act as Leaders. Do you have a favourite local patch you could guide members around.  You do not need to be an expert on wildlife, as there are always knowledgeable and helpful members in the group.

 

Saturday 20 July 10:00 start, KITHURST HILL near Storrington. CHALK DOWNLAND PLANTS, BIRDS AND (hopefully) BUTTERFLIES.
Grid Ref TQ 071 125
What3words ///lecturing.gadget.muddle

A popular venue for a Chi Nats Outing because the route is flat and easily accessible as there is excellent parking on the top of the Downs. We'll first visit the lovely wildflower area close to the car park, hoping for butterflies, and then follow the South Downs Way, aiming towards a picnic spot with a fantastic view (do bring something to sit on too!) This special spot first recommended by member David Hart.
One mile west of Storrington on B2139, take great care turning south into unmarked lane just to the east of Springhead Farm. Zig zag up th

Friday 16th August: DISCOVERING GRASSHOPPERS AND BUSH-CRICKETS at Fishbourne Meadows. 4:00 – 6:00pm    Leader: John Arnott

Meet at 4:00 p.m. at the far end of Fishbourne Road East (where there are spaces to park) just before the A27 pedestrian underpass (What3words ///tripods.muddle.landscape).  We’ll then walk, as a group, the short distance to Fishbourne Meadows.  

Come and have a go with the Society’s newly purchased Magenta 5 bat detectors to enjoy the songs of these charismatic insects. (Welcome to bring your own detector if you have one.) A late afternoon walk enabling Bush-crickets to be detected.

There are only 21 native species of grasshopper and bush-cricket in the UK, one of which is confined to the Isle of Man.  Some are rare owing to their special habitat requirements but around 10 species are common and some of those are widespread.  So there are not many to get to know compared with around 7,000 species of fly, 7,000 species of bees, wasps and ants, 4,000+ species of beetle and around 2,500 species of moth (source: Woodland Trust).  AND grasshoppers and bush-crickets are satisfyingly large compared with most insects in the UK!

Do download the FREE iRecord Grasshoppers app onto your smartphone via the link at https://www.brc.ac.uk/article/irecord-grasshoppers-mobile-app .  It shows pictures of all species together with identification tips and song audio recordings with sonogram diagrams.
The iRecord Grasshoppers app was fully functional only on Apple devices.  However, a review on Google Play dated 10.08.23 says it now works on Android devices, so it’s worth giving it a go.  You can always delete it if you don’t like it.

Thursday 12th September POND DIPPING in the DISCOVERY AREA at RSPB PAGHAM HARBOUR   10:00 – 12:00 Leaders Jill Wardle and Diana Grosvenor
Grid Ref SZ 856 965    Post Code PO20 7NE    What3Words mirroring.starch.commoners
Chi Nats members, Jill and Di will lead us in this exciting activity. The Discovery Area has been specially booked for Chi Nats. Participants can stay longer if they want to but from 12.00 it will be open to the general public.  
 
The surrounding area is also good for bug hunting and there are bound to be dragonflies about as well as marsh frogs! 
Teas and coffees are available in the Visitor Centre. Do remember that car parking charges apply if you are not a member of the RSPB.

Wednesday 9th October A BIRDWATCHING WALK at RSPB MEDMERRY   Leader – Robert Watson
Meet at 10:00 at the RSPB Earnley Car Park
Grid Ref SZ 816 968  Post Code PO20 7JL  What3Words tones.sling.informer

A 2 - 2.5 hrs walk starting from the Earnley car park.  Flat going but some walking will be on shingle.  Most likely a circular walk, out to the beach, and then back past the stilt pools and the Society’s dragonfly recording site.
There could be summer, winter or migrant birds depending on the prevailing migration situation.  Let’s wait and see!

2024 - 11th Year of Medmerry Surveys

Please note that Surveys will be on THURSDAYS, with all surveys (approx. 2 hours in length) starting at 13:00 PROMPT (except for the August Grasshoppers and Bush-cricket survey),
Meeting at the RSPB Earnley Car Park at Grid Ref SZ 816 968, Post Code PO20 7JL,  What3words: ///tones.sling.informer   
and then car sharing or walking as appropriate.


Dates:- 
Thursdays June 6th (The second botany date on 13th June has been cancelled)
Thursday July 4th - Earlier-flying dragonflies (Contingency date 11th July).
Thursday August 22nd at LATER TIME of 4pm - Grasshoppers and Bush-crickets (Contingency date 29th August) The time and date of this event has been rearranged to give a better chance of finding both grasshoppers and bush-crickets.
Thursday September 5th - Later-flying dragonflies. (Contingency date 12th September)

Sessions are open to all, no matter what your level of expertise, as guidance will be provided (and the more pairs of eyes the better). The Society’s equipment will be available but hand magnifiers, binoculars and reference books will be useful. Any questions or if help required with transport then please contact Philippa Arnott

Organiser Philippa Arnott: philippa.arnott@uwclub.net  or phone 01243 575345.  Mobile 07840 859122, particularly for emergencies and delays on the day.

 

Mothing Mornings 2024


Moth Mornings - Members can join us at 10:00am to help unpack the Moth trap that will have been in position overnight. Exact addresses for each location will be provided in the monthly e-mail. 

Wednesday 29th May - North Chichester
Tuesday 9th July - Aldwick, Bognor
Tuesday 23rd July - Easthampnett
Wednesday 21st August - Woodgate

 

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