News archive

September 2020

Sunday, 27 September 2020

RSPB Pagham Volunteer Coordinator

Our friend and colleague Roger Johnson will be stepping back from his role as Volunteer Coordinator at the RSPB Pagham reserve next year. Roger has been in the post, which he describes as very satisfying and rewarding, for eight years. So Pagham is now looking for someone to take over from Roger!

If you're interested in taking on this important role on the reserve, then please get in touch with Roger directly by emailing Roger will be able to tell you what's involved. In addition, Roger says he will continue to be available to offer advice or guidance to his successor as needed.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Isle of Wight Sea Eagles Update

During this summer, another seven white-tailed sea eagles were released on the Isle of Wight, in the second year of the five-year reintroduction programme.

Jointly run by Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, the project aims to restore this lost English species after an absence of 240 years. In the coming years, up to 60 birds will be released with the aim of establishing an initial population of 6-8 breeding pairs on the Isle of Wight and along the mainland coast. The first six birds were released last year, but sea eagles take 5-6 years to reach sexual maturity, so it is expected that they are unlikely to start breeding successfully before at least 2024.

If you see a sea eagle, you can report your sighting by contacting @seaeagleengland on social media or using the online sightings form on the project website, where you'll also find the latest news and tracked movements of the young eagles.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Cattle Egrets breed in Sussex

Cattle egrets have bred in Sussex for the first time this year, with five pairs nesting at Pagham Harbour. More than 30 of the birds were regularly seen on Selsey peninsula during the winter, and it appears that some of them must have stayed to breed into the spring.

Cattle egrets first bred in the UK in 2008, and it is thought that as many as seven pairs nested at Langstone Mill Pond, over the border in Hampshire, last year.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Can you help your local group

Can You Help?

We're looking for volunteers who would like to get more involved in the RSPB Local Group's activities. Possible roles include helping with fund-raising, sales and raffles, organising remote talks, and other committee roles.

None of the positions are very onerous or time-consuming, and you'll have plenty of support and guidance from the rest of us, so please do get in touch if you think you'd like to help out.

Please contact Rob Yarham on 07545 376074, or email Rob at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Rob Yarham
T 07545 376074

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Further update re: CANCELLED events due to Covid-19

Message from our Chichester Local RSPB Leader Rob Yarham:

Leader's Update - September

We're sorry to say that ALL events - including guided walks - continue to be cancelled for the time-being.

This is under constant review, and, as soon as we are able to organise a new programme of events, we will announce the details here!

So please keep checking this website - and our Facebook page and Twitter account - for updates over the coming weeks. If you know of any member who doesn't have access to our website and are able to inform them, then please pass on this message. Thank you.

Alternatively, if you wish to receive emails from us with the latest news about our events and activities, then please email Rob Yarham at the address below.

In the meantime, thank you for your continued support and we wish you well.

Please stay safe and take care.

Rob Yarham

Leader, RSPB Chichester Local Group

Telephone 07545 376074


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