News archive

June 2015

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Mr Clinton Grant

We are very sad to report the death of Clinton Grant. Our condolences go to his wife Val and all the family.
Clinton with Val have been long term active members of the Group and he will be sorely missed.

On Wednesday 8 July 2015 there will be a cremation at Chichester Crematorium at 11:45 followed by a service at the Baptist Church, Parklands at 12:30.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Chichester Peregrines fledge

Chichester Peregrines fledge

Hello Everyone,

Pleased to announce that all three of our chicks have fledged! Male 62 was first on Tuesday Morning, female 65 was second Tuesday afternoon. 63 was the last and first seen out of the nest by Jim Langiewicz at 8.30 this Morning. I am really looking forward to seeing the whole family in flight! I've been missing them as been away from the project for 7 days!

As the chicks have now left the nest we will be moving out on to the front lawn THIS Friday (26th), any volunteers please meet each morning by the cathedral notice board at 9.30am.

Many thanks

Lauren Culverwell (Terry)
Membership Development Officer

Lots of pictures of our fledgling trio on the David Shaw wildlife blog - link below

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Weeds and Seeds event, children playing on lawn

RSPB events at Pagham and Medmerry

Please download the attached leaflet for lots of events at Pagham and Medmerry during the summer

If you have any ideas for Roy, please let him know, or go along to join the many happenings during July , August and September

Roy writes:

I have recently joined the team here at RSPB Pagham & Medmerry LNR. I have been putting together a list of summer events and was hoping you might like to let your members know what we've got going on in the coming months.

Any thoughts and ideas are greatly appreciated and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Roy Newnham
Visitor Experience Officer

Pagham Harbour and Medmerry Visitor Centre, Selsey Road, Sidlesham, West Sussex, PO20 7NE
Tel 01243 641508
Mobile 07703 885322

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

UK braced for a once-in-a-decade influx of Painted Ladies

UK braced for a once-in-a-decade influx of Painted Ladies

The UK is braced for a once-in-a-decade influx of Painted Ladies, with the potential for millions of the butterflies winging in from southern Europe as part of the longest butterfly migration in the world.

Unusually high numbers of the orange and black butterflies have been reported amassing in southern Europe at the critical time of the year for them to spread northwards into Britain. The species is a common immigrant that migrates in varying numbers from the continent to the UK each summer, where its caterpillars feed on thistles. Around once every ten years the UK experiences a Painted Lady 'summer' when millions of the butterflies arrive en masse.

The last mass immigration took place in 2009 when around 11 million Painted Ladies descended widely across the UK with the butterflies spreading into the most northerly parts of Scotland. Since then the UK has experienced five years with below-average numbers, but scientists are hopeful that 2015 could be very different. Recent warm and sunny conditions has seen Painted Lady numbers soar once again with reports of large numbers of the butterflies seen at south coast sights  suggesting a large scale immigration may once again be about to take place. Butterfly Conservation reported that many butterflies arrived during mid-May, but a spell of poor weather temporarily halted the immigration.

Richard Fox, Butterfly Conservation Head of Recording explained: "The Painted Lady migration is one of the real wonders of the natural world. Travelling up to 1km in the sky and at speeds of up to 30 miles-per-hour these small fragile-seeming creatures migrate hundreds of miles to reach our shores each year, even though none of the individual butterflies has ever made the trip before."

Painted Lady undertakes a phenomenal 9,000 mile round trip from tropical Africa to the Arctic Circle each year  almost double the length of the of the famous migrations of the Monarch butterfly in North America.

Butterfly Conservation is asking for the public to record sightings of the butterfly to help chart the progress of any potential immigration during the summer. Painted Lady sightings can be recorded via Butterfly Conservation's Migrant Watch scheme.

Research using citizen science sightings from the 2009 migration revealed that the whole journey is not undertaken by individual butterflies but in a series of steps by up to six successive generations. Radar studies revealed that after successfully breeding in the UK in 2009 more than 26 million Painted Ladies returned south in the autumn, many flying high in the sky out of the sight of human observers.

Butterfly Conservation
Monday 15th June 2015

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Better late than...

Better late than...

Large numbers of you I know have been to see it. The picture, with thanks to John Richardson, is of the Hudsonian along side our regular Whimbrel. No prizes but spot the differences. Lots more pictures on Bird Guides.

John comments: Record shot showing both Hudsonian and Eurasian Whimbrel (light not good today) but a life tick for me. Equipment: Canon 1D Mark IV + Canon 500mm f/4 + 1.4 converter. Picture taken June 12th

The bird was still there yesterday, if you are going please take care with parking - you know how small that car park is - or walk from the reserve.

Might see some of you there! kj

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Defending the Directives campaign

Dear Supporter
You may have seen recent publicity about the review of and potential threat to the EU Birds and Habitats Directives arising from a review of their operation led by the European Commission. The RSPB and other members of Wildlife Link organisations are seeking to protect and promote these EU Nature Directives. The Directives provide essential protection to our rarest and most threatened species, and safeguard the best habitats for supporting a diversity of life in the UK and across much of Europe. They drive the fundamental aspects of conservation in the most important places - from managing sites and protecting them from development, to protecting species from human persecution. That's why we need a massive demonstration of public support for the Directives during the European Commission's public consultation on the future of the Directives. The more people act, the easier it will be to convince EU leaders that the general public really care about nature and won't tolerate a weakening of its protection. We are asking that everybody takes about 20 minutes to submit a detailed response <> directly to the European Commission. The more detailed responses they get, the better. The whole survey is multiple choice with one free text question at the end, so taking part is still quite quick and easy. There is an option to complete just Part 1 of the survey which is less detailed but covers the essential points. If people do not feel confident to complete the full consultation or do not have time to do so then please take 2 minutes for the one-click action of support which can be accessed through the RSPB website. However, please don't do this as well as completing the full consultation. Obviously completing the full EU questionnaire directly will be the most effective but either will be fantastic.