News archive

April 2015

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Protest against the plume trade, London 1911

So what can you do?

When you are approached by candidates asking them to vote for them, you could ask them one or more of these questions:

Do you support the creation of a Nature and Wellbeing Act for England?

Do you support the rapid action to complete the agreed network of Marine conservation Zones and have you signed up to the Marine Charter?

Do you acknowledge that there are environmental limits to development in Sussex?

Make your vote count.

More information on these 'asks' available on the link below to the Sussex wildlife website

Saturday, 18 April 2015


Hi Everyone

I have just noticed in the Newsletter there has been a BIG error - and it is my error and I apologise for this.

The AGM is down as 21st May - which is the 3rd Thursday - but it should read 28th May which is our usual 4th Thursday

The post AGM (hopefully short AGM) talk is the same BORN TO TRAVEL (migration of animals and birds) but will now be presented by Bruce Fowler, a conservation officer with the RSPB. Peter Holden who alas was down for the 21st will come to us when we return in the next season of indoor meetings.

So please note the AGM for Chichester RSPB is on 28th May 7.30pm usual place

I look forward to seeing you there.

Can I just also remind those on the Coach Trip that the pick up in Bognor is at 8.00am and earlier if you are starting at the Witterings. Anyone who is not booked on it and would like to go please do contact me.

Apologies again for my error

Best wishes to you all

Kerry Jackson
Chichester RSPB

Monday, 13 April 2015

A sad day for birds - Hunters win Malta bird referendum on shooting ban

A sad day for birds - Hunters win Malta bird referendum on shooting ban

Malta has narrowly rejected proposals to ban controversial spring hunting, during which migrating birds are shot before they can breed.
Those in favour of hunting won just over half the votes cast in the keenly-contested vote.
Campaigners for the ban have conceded defeat.
There were jubilant scenes in the counting hall as the pro-hunt activists celebrated victory, which was achieved by only 2,200 votes.
The BBC's Mario Cacciottolo in a tweet says that hunters' association head Joe Perici Calascione is "ecstatic" about the outcome of the vote and has described hunting as an integral part of Maltese tradition.
Opponents of hunting say it will now be an "uphill struggle" to stop annual spring shooting of turtle doves and quail.
The issue has led to disagreements between conservationists and those who say a Maltese tradition is at stake.
Critics accuse hunters of killing scores of birds - they say that turtle dove numbers have declined 77% since 1980 - and encroaching on the island's open spaces.
They argued that the hunting season is abused by some hunters through the illegal shooting of protected species during a crucial migration period as birds fly over Malta into Europe.
About 340,000 people were eligible to vote in the referendum, which was held in response to a voters' petition for a ban on the hunting of birds between 14 April to 30 April.
The margin of victory was tiny - 50.44% to 49.56%.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat who supported the hunters warned that existing laws would be rigidly applied and anyone who violated them would be punished.
The Times of Malta said that the "Yes" campaign successfully argued that a "No" victory could result in other pastimes, such as fireworks and motorsports, also being banned in referendums.
The paper says that hunting enthusiasts also succeeded in using the "pulling power" of Mr Muscat while simultaneously ensuring that their campaign was "characterised by an absence of images of shotguns and dead birds".
A second hunting season in autumn was not included in the referendum.
Malta is the only EU country that allows recreational spring hunting.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

We are four!!

Our pair of Peregrines at Chichester Cathedral have now laid their fourth egg - see link below to the webcam. Fingers crossed for successful hatchings!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Chichester Peregrines - First Egg!

Chichester Peregrines - First Egg!