Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

March 2019

Sun
24

Half day walk around The Dover

Location: G.R. SU061064. Take A27 east past Arundel, and take the second turn left off the new dual carriageway unclassified signposted The Dover. Park in car park at far end.

Leader David Hart.
Woodland and downland. Migrants depending on season, woodland birds, raptors.

Time: 9:30 am (half day)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Thu
28

Evening meeting - 'Trinidad & Tobago, Home Of The Hummingbird'

Location: Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, 7 South Pallant, Chichester.
Postcode: PO19 1SY (Google map)

This is a talk by Ashley Grove narrating tales from Trinidad & Tobago, Home Of The Hummingbird.

Ashley is a successful wildlife photographer. He leads bird-watching and photography tours of The Gambia.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £2.50 local group members, £5.00 non local group members

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

April 2019

Sat
6

Dawn Chorus - Kingley Vale

Location: Meet at West Stoke car park. GR SU825088.
Take the Old Broyle Road leaving Chichester. Just past Brandy Hole Lane, take the right fork onto West Stoke Road. After about 1/2 mile straight across Hunters Race. After approx 1 mile turn left towards West Stoke. The car park lies just through West Stoke on a sharp right-hand bend.

Leader Chris Furlepa

Dawn Chorus at Kingley Vale. 6:00 am start and finish about 9:00am.

This walk to be followed by (for those that want it) breakfast at Wellies restaurant at Oldwick Farm close to Kingley Vale. The restaurant opens at 9:00 and a menu will be available to enable orders to be place ahead of arrival.

Time: 6:00 am (finish circa 9:00 am)

Price: Free for the walk but breakfast to be paid by those partaking after walk

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Tue
9

Selsey sea watch followed by local hot spots

Location: Park at pay & display car park end of main road though Selsey B2145 (you may find some free parking round the back roads) meet at East End of Car park. The car park at the tip is free till 9:00am ; then only 20p for an hour.

Leader - Kerry Jackson

Sea watch - bring seat and wrap up warm. We will later go onto local hot spots (if going on after the sea watch bring lunch / drink). If not going to sea watch meet up at Church Norton at 10.00 am.

Time: 8.00 am for sea watch or 10.00 am at Church Norton

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Thu
25

Evening meeting - The Secret Lives of Heathland Birds

Location: Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, 7 South Pallant, Chichester.
Postcode: PO19 1SY (Google map)

This is an informative talk by John Eyre about the secret Lives of Heathland Birds.

John has been president of the Hampshire Ornithological Society, and Co-Edited the "Hampshire Bird Atlas"

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £2.50 local group members, £5.00 non local group members

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Sun
28

Long half day walk around Ebernoe Common

Location: G.R. SU 975278. Take A27 east and turn left onto A285 s/p Petworth. Continue through Petworth, and after 3.5 miles turn right into unclassified s/p Ebernoe. After 1.5 miles turn right 20 metres past a telephone box into narrow lane leading to the Church car park.

Chris Vine
A walk mainly to see the butterflies and flowers of Ebernoe Common, along with summer woodland and farmland birds.

Time: 10:00 am (long half day) take drink / lunch.

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

May 2019

Tue
14

Full day walk around Blackdown

Location: Meet at Trundle car park to car share to Blackdown. Lunch will be at the Temple of Winds as per previous trips.

Leader Graham Whitehead

Downland birds, flora and fauna.

Time: 9:00 Trundle, 10:00 Blackdown Full day

Price: Free - full day - bring lunch

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Wed
22

All day walk around the New Forest (Acres Down)

Location: Meet at Chichester Marina car park to share cars.
Turn south at Stockbridge roundabout on the A27 s/p Witterings etc. After about 2 miles turn right into Marina private road. Car park is on right just before the boats.

Leader: Chris Furlepa
First part of walk will be a raptor watch (bring a seat) then following lunch a woodland walk. Don't forget your lunch!

Time: 9:30 am at Chichester Marina car park (full day) 10.30 am at Acres Down.

Price: Free - full day - bring lunch and seat

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Sat
25

Walk around Medmerry Westside

Location: Location: GR SZ817968
Please meet in the new RSPB car park just south east of Earnley Church, near to the old Earnley concourse, at the end of Clappers Lane.

Leader Rob Yarham
Walk around west side of Medmerry. Waders, gulls and avocet chicks.

Time: 10:00 am (long half-day) Take snack and drink.

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

June 2019

Sat
1

Half day walk around Fishbourne Marshes

Location: G.R. SU 841033. Turn left off A259 Chichester-Emsworth onto Apuldram Lane. Park at Apuldram Church next door to Rymans.

Leader Roger Morris
Meadowland, marsh and mudflats, harbour shoreline. Waders, wildfowl, seabirds, raptors migrants and passerines depending on season.

Time: 10:00 am (half-day)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Fri
7

Evening walk around Lavington Common

Location: GR SU952187
Take A285 towards Petworth. Go through village of Duncton and take the first left to Selham/Graffham. About 1 mile further on there is a large car park on the right hand side after a bend in the road.

Leader Rob Yarham
Sandy heathland and coppice. Nightjars, Woodcock AND MOSQUITOES!!!!!
Bring insect repellent and torch (torch not essential).

Time: 8:00 pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Tue
11

Full day walk at Knepp Estate

Location: Meet in Dial Post - in the village of Dial Post, turning off the northbound A24 just after the speed camera then shortly after park road side near the Crown Inn public house opposite the green.

Leaders: Chris Furlepa.
Walk around Knepp estate and its' re-wilding project. Maybe the odd turtledove.

Time: 10:00am (full day - bring lunch)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Sat
22

All day walk around Thursley Common

Location: Meet at extension of Westgate at 9.00 am

Leader Chris Vine
Heathland, woodland, boardwalks over swampy ground. Heathland and woodland birds, dragonflies, lizards etc. Take a snack / lunch and drink.

Time: 9:00 am at Westgate. 10.00 am at Thursley Common

Price: Free - share petrol costs

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

July 2019

Sat
6

Long half day walk around Farlington Marsh

Location: G.R. SU679044. Take A27 west. Take exit for A2030, and at end of slip road at roundabout turn very sharp left into unclassified track alongside the slip road. Park at far end of the lane.

Leader John Kelsall.
Wildfowl, waders, divers. Flooded marshland, harbour shoreline and mudflats.

Time: 10:00 am (long half-day) - bring snack / lunch.

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Tue
16

Long half day walk to Kithurst Hill / Chantry Hill

Location: TQ 063 127: A29 to Whiteways Lodge roundabout, take 2nd exit on left B2139. Go through the village of Amberley towards Storrington, go past left turn to Rackham. You will then see Springhead Farm on your left, after a further 300 yds turn rt. up a small track and continue to the top of the Downs. RSPB walk sign will be on side of road opposite track.

Leader Chris Furlepa
Downland, farmland. Migrants and passerines, raptors and butterflies.

Time: 10:00 am (long half-day) bring drink and snack / lunch and something to sit on.

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

August 2019

Sat
3

Long half day walk around RSPB Medmerry (eastern side)

Location: GR SZ856967
Please meet in the (Sidlesham) RSPB Pagham Visitor Centre car park. Car share from there as there is limited parking on site.

Leader Rob Yarham
Walk around the new RSPB Medmerry Reserve from the eastern side. Before heading to Medmerry we will take in the ferry pool from the hide at the RSPB centre.

Time: 9:30 am (long half-day) bring a snack / lunch and drink.

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Wed
14

Evening walk along Pagham North Wall

Location: G.R. SZ 880976.
From A27 by pass take B2145 s/p Selsey. At first roundabout take first exit B2166 s/p Bognor. After about 2.5 miles, at T-junction leave B2166 by going straight ahead on to unclassified signposted Pagham. Turn right by holiday camp into Church Lane, park on verge at end.

Leader Kerry Jackson
Tidal pools, mudflats and farmland. Wildfowl, waders, divers, migrants and passerines depending on season.

Time: 5.00 pm (evening)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Tue
20

Long half day walk around Church Norton & The Severals (Ferry Pool initially)

Location: G.R. SZ 872956. From A27 by-pass take B2145 s/p Selsey. After about 5 miles enter the Sidlesham RSPB centre car park opposite the Ferry Pool. We will take in the ferry pool from the hide at the centre then move onto Church Norton and the Severals

Leader Kerry Jackson
Shoreline, estuary, mudflats. Waders, wildfowl, divers, seabirds and migrants depending on season.

Time: 10.00 am (long half-day) take snack / lunch and drink if necessary

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

September 2019

Sun
1

Half day walk around The Burgh

Location: Park at TQ 042 096 Take A27 east through Arundel, turn left immediately after railway bridge. Go through Wepham to Burpham village, at sharp left just before the village proceed straight up the hill to park at T-junction (grassed triangle)

Leader Carole Griffiths
Downland birds - especially raptors.

Time: 9.30 am (half day)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Wed
11

Half day / full day walk around RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Location: G.R. TQ 059165. Take A27 east, then left at Fontwell on A29. At Whiteways roundabout take second exit, B2139 signposted Amberiey. After about 4 miles turn left on unclassified signposted Rackham. At T-junction at end (about 2 miles) turn right and take next left. Turn left on to A283, and the reserve is immediately on the left

Leader Rob Yarham
RSPB reserve. Floodplain, marsh, scrapes and farmland. Wildfowl, divers, raptors, migrants and passerines depending on season. Walk of 2 halves. First half will take in the normal route of hides followed by a trip down to Hail's View after lunch for those staying.

Time: 9:30 am (half-day or full day) - bring lunch if staying for second half of walk

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Sat
21

Half day walk around Burton Mill Pond

Location: G.R. SU 979181. Take A27 east, turn left on A285 s/p Petworth. A mile past Duncton turn right on to unclassified, s/p Burton Mill. Park in car park nearest to Mill

Leader Chris Vine or Chris Furlepa
Woodland and heath. Waterbirds, wildfowl, passerines and other woodland birds and raptors depending on season.

Time: 10:00 am (half-day) maybe take a spot of lunch as will take a brief stop

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Sun
29

Half day walk around Thornham Lane & Great Deeps

Location: G.R. SZ 756049. Turn left off A259 Chichester-Emsworth just before entering Emsworth, onto unclassified road signposted Thomey. Pass Emsworth marina entrance on right then take turning off to left after approx. 100 yards into Thomham Lane. Park immediately on verge at left.

Leader John Kelsall
Harbour shoreline, saltmarsh, mudflats and farmland. Seabirds, waders, divers, passerines and migrants depending on season.

Time: 10:00 am (half-day)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

October 2019

Sat
12

Long half-day walk around Pagham Lagoon and North Wall

Location: G.R. SZ 880976.
From A27 by pass take B2145 s/p Selsey. At first roundabout take first exit B2166 s/p Bognor. After about 2.5 miles, at T-junction leave B2166 by going straight ahead on to unclassified s/p Pagham. Turn right by holiday camp into Church Lane, park on verge at end.

Leader Roger Morris
Lake, shingle beach mudflats and farmland. Wildfowl, waders, divers, migrants and passerines depending on season. Start along North Wall then onto the lagoon for those who wish to do second part.

Time: 10:00 am (half day)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Tue
15

Full day walk around Blackdown

Location: Meet at Trundle car park at 9:00 am to car share. Those going straight there meet in car park (Grid ref: SU92072 30876) at 10:00 am.
Lunch will be at the Temple of Winds as per previous visits.

Leader Graham Whitehead
Downland birds, flora and fauna.

Time: 9:00 Trundle, 10:00 Blackdown Full day

Price: Free - full day - bring lunch

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Sat
26

Long half day walk around Chidham & Cobnor Point

Location: SU 793034 Turn left off A259 Chichester-Emsworth into unclassified Chidham Lane about 1.5 miles past the Bosham roundabout alongside the Wheatsheaf pub. Park in sunken car park after about 1.5 miles.

Leader Carole Griffiths
Harbour birds. Walk from Chidham to Cobnor Point - long half day - bring snack and drink. Can be very muddy.

Time: 10:00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

November 2019

Sat
2

Half day walk around Charlton Forest

Location: G.R. SU 887130. Turn sharp right off A286 Chichester-Midhurst in Singleton village into unclassified signposted Charlton. Park near cross roads in Charlton village.

Leader John Kelsall
Ancient woodland. Passerines and other woodland birds, raptors.

Time: 10:00 am (half day)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Tue
19

Full day walk around Blashford Lakes in Hampshire

Location: If going direct meet at Tern Hide 10am, car park on the left side when entering from A338 - http://www.hiwwt.org.uk/reserves/blashford-lakes for directions and details of reserve. If car sharing:
meet at Chichester Marina. Turn south at Stockbridge roundabout on the A27 s/p Witterings etc. After about 2 miles turn right into Marina private road. Car park is on right just before the boats.. Park in car park to share cars (also share petrol costs).

Leader Chris Vine
Walk around marshy heathland, woodland and lakes. Larks, chats and raptors. Don't forget your lunch! The drive is about 45 minutes.
There is good car parking and toilets at Blashford, but no cafe.
No need to book if you are a local group member, but if you are joining us for the first time please email chichesterbirds@gmail.com to let us know you are coming.

Time: 9:00 at Chichester Marina (full day) bring lunch

Price: Free (share petrol costs) Donation to Blashford Lakes WWT welcome on the day

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

December 2019

Sun
1

Long half day walk around West Dean Woods

Location: Meet at Trundle car park at 9:30 am to share cars as parking limited at West Dean woods.

Leader Roger Morris
Downland birds - longish walk with ups and downs.

Time: 9:30 Trundle , 10:00 walk.

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Tue
10

Half day walk around East Head

Location: Grid ref: SZ 766 984
Meet at West Beach car park (there will be a small fee for parking).

Leader David Hart
Harbour birds, mudflats, woodland and farmland areas.

Time: 10:00 am (half day)

Price: There is a parking charge (was £2.00 but ever changing) so take some coinage

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Sat
28

Half day walk around Dell Quay

Location: G.R. SU 836028. Turn right off A286 Chichester-Witterings about 1 1/2 miles from A27, signposted Dell Quay & Apuldram. Go to end and park on roadside.

Leader Roger Morris
Mudflats and harbour shoreline. Wildfowl, seabirds and divers.

Time: 10:00 am (half day)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com