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September 2021

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Next Guided Walk: The Burgh on the South Downs, Wednesday 15 September, 9.30am

Next Guided Walk: The Burgh on the South Downs, Wednesday 15 September, 9.30am

Our next guided walk will be on Wednesday 15 September, at the Burgh, starting at 9.30am, and will be led by Chris Furlepa. It will be a long half-day walk of about 3 hours or more, so bring a snack and some water.

Meet at the "Peppering Triangle" in Peppering Lane, at TQ041094 (nearest postcode BN18 9RW, see map PDF attached). Please note that there is limited parking at the Triangle, so you may need to arrive a little early.

It is very important to us in the Local Group that we continue to protect all members of our community. Therefore, we ask all walk attendees to please abide by the latest Government regulations and guidance, and please do not attend if you or anyone you've been in contact with have possible symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID in the last 10 days or have been notified that you may have been in contact with someone who has.

Our guided walks are now open to non-members as well as members. Please contact us for more details or to notify us you wish to attend by email on chichesterbirds@gmail.com or phone on 07545 376074.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Zoom Talk: Birds of the World's Most Remote Islands, Thursday 23 September at 7pm

Zoom Talk: Birds of the World's Most Remote Islands, Thursday 23 September at 7pm

Keith Betton will be regaling attendees with fascinating tales of the "Birds of the World's Most Remote Islands".

Keith's talk will take us on journeys to see some of the world's rarest seabirds, and in some of the most remote corners of the seas, from islands in the middle of the Atlantic, 1,750 miles from the nearest continent, where the RSPB is desperately trying to save albatrosses, to rocky islets in the Southern Ocean that are aligned to New Zealand and Australia.

Keith is a media trainer, broadcaster and writer, and, most importantly for us, a keen world birder having seen over 8,500 species in more than 100 countries. Keith is heavily involved in bird monitoring in Hampshire, where he is County Recorder and Chairman of the Hampshire Ornithological Society. He has been a Council Member of both the RSPB and the BTO, and is currently Vice President of the BTO.

Our Zoom talks are open to members (free) and non-members (£4) of the Chichester Local Group, but please book in advance if you'd like to attend. Contact Rob Yarham for more details, how to pay and to book by emailing chichesterbirds@gmail.com or phoning 07545 376074.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

RSPB Chichester Local Group: New Talks Programme!

We have lots of exciting and varied talks coming up, all given by experienced, knowledgeable and passionate speakers. Both our Zoom talks and indoor talks are open to everyone, including non-members, so please email Rob Yarham on chichesterbirds@gmail.com or phone 07545 376074 to book and for more details.

Indoor Meetings cost £2.50 to Local Group members, and £5.00 to non-members
Zoom Meetings are free to Local Group members and £4.00 to non-member

All talks are held on Thursdays. Indoor Meetings are held at The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1SY at 7.30pm. Zoom meetings start at 7pm - all attendees must book in advance and meeting log-in details will be circulated before each meeting.

23rd September - Zoom. Keith Betton, Birds of the World's Most Remote Islands

14th October - Zoom. Rob Blackler (RSPB), The Stone Curlew Project

28th October - Hall. Sophie Yeomanson (RSPB), Solent's Sea and Water Birds

11th November - Zoom. Cath Jeffs (RSPB), Cirl Bunting Project

25th November - Hall. Bernie Forbes, Costa Rica

9th December - Zoom. Pete Cairns (Scotland: The Big Picture), Scotland: A Rewilding Journey

13th January 2022 - Zoom. Paul Bellamy (RSPB), Understanding Woodland Bird Declines

27th January - Hall. John Mallord (RSPB), Studying Migratory Birds

10th February - Zoom. Matt Eade (Naturetrek), Papua New Guinea

24th February - Hall. Sara Frost (Naturetrek), St Kilda


Indoor Meetings and COVID: It is very important to us in the Local Group that we continue to protect all members and guests and to abide by the latest Government regulations and guidance. Please do not attend if you or anyone you've been in contact with have possible symptoms or have tested positive for Covid in the previous 10 days or have been notified that you may have been in contact with someone who has.

For the time being, we will not be running a raffle and we ask everyone to bring their own drinks. We shall be following the requirements of the Masonic Hall which currently include distancing and extra ventilation, and attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

RSPB Chichester Local Group: New Walks!

RSPB Chichester Local Group: New Walks!

Our guided walks are now open again to non-members as well as members of the Local Group. Please email chichesterbirds@gmail.com if you wish to come along.

Wednesday 15 September: The Burgh, led by Chris Furlepa, Long half day, 9:30am, at Peppering "Triangle", TQ041094

Thursday 30 September: Pagham, Sidlesham Visitor Centre, led by Tracy Bain and Nikki Roodhouse, Half day (2-3hrs), 9:30am, at Sidlesham Visitor Centre

Sunday 10 October: Thorney Island, led by Chris Vine, Long half day (3hrs+), 9:30am, at Thornham Lane

Thursday 14 October: Pulborough Brooks, led by Rob Yarham, Half day, 9:30am, Upperton Barn Visitor Centre

Thursday 4 November: Blackdown, led by Graham Whitehead, Long half day (car share), 9:30am, at The Trundle

Sunday 21 November: Chidham, Cobnor Point, led by Carole Griffiths, Half day, 10:00am, at Sunken Car Park, Chidham Lane

Thursday 2 December: Blashford Lakes, led by Chris Furlepa, Full day, 9:30am, (car share) at Chichester Marina

Sunday 12 December: West Dean Woods, led by Carole Griffiths, Half day, 9:30am, Hylters Lane

Thursday 30 December: Dell Quay, led by Roger Morris, Half day, 9:30am, End Dell Quay Road

Note: It is very important to us in the Local Group that we continue to protect all members of our community. Therefore, we ask all walk attendees to please abide by the latest Government regulations and guidance, and please do not attend if you or anyone you've been in contact with have possible symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID in the last 10 days or have been notified that you may have been in contact with someone who has.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Join the Team at RSPB Pagham & Medmerry!

Join the Team at RSPB Pagham & Medmerry!

The nesting seabirds of the RSPB's Pagham and Medmerry reserves have had a great breeding season this year, and so much of that success is down to the Beach Nesting Bird Volunteers, who played such an important role in protecting these important birds from disturbance.

The project has been so successful that the team at Pagham is continuing the role under the new name of Volunteer Site Rangers into the autumn and winter, with the aim of protecting important wintering water birds, including the thousands of dark-bellied Brent Geese which return from the Arctic tundra to the Manhood Peninsula to feed every year.

The RSPB is also looking for more volunteers to help out in other roles at Pagham and Medmerry, including the Welcome Team at the Visitor Centre, Practical Conservation Volunteers and Volunteer Reserve Guides to lead walks and help the public.

If you'd like to give a little bit of your spare time to help our local birds at Pagham & Medmerry, then please email the reserves' Volunteer Coordinator, Rob Yarham, at rob.yarham@rspb.org.uk or call on 07545 376074, or drop in to chat to the team at the RSPB's Sidlesham Visitor Centre.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

RSPB Pagham Harbour Breeding Seabirds Success

RSPB Pagham Harbour Breeding Seabirds Success

It's heartening to be able to report some good news! It is now official that 2021 has been the best breeding season for Pagham Harbour's seabirds on record, with the highest numbers of fledged sandwich tern, black-headed gull, Mediterranean gull and little tern chicks.

The RSPB's Ivan Lang reports that the final breeding tallies are as follows:

- Little Tern: 46 pairs (highest since 1982) with 25 fledged (most ever fledged from Pagham on record)
- Sandwich Tern: 243 pairs (highest on record) with 253 fledged (highest on record)
- Common Tern: 7 pairs with 4 fledged
- Black headed Gull: 921 pairs (highest on record) with 2028 fledged (highest on record)
- Mediterranean Gull: 20 pairs (highest on record) with 32 fledged (highest on record)