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.

November 2018

Tue
20

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

Thu
22

Evening meeting "The Mediterranean Naturally"

Location: Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, 7 South Pallant, Chichester

Talk and presentation by David Boag who is a full-time author and wildlife photographer. He lectures about 80 times a year throughout the country and has spoken at both RSPB and BTO annual conference. A regular cruise ship speaker.

Time: 7.30pm

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

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

December 2018

Sun
9

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.
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Leader Kerry Jackson
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
11

Half day walk around East Head

Location: Grid ref: SZ 778 985
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: 9:30 am (half day)

Price: £1 parking charge.

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Sat
29

Half day walk around Dell Quay

Location: G.R. SU 835029. 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: 9:30 am (half day)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

January 2019

Sun
6

Full day walk around Shoreham Forts / Goring Gap

Location: Meet either at West Meads car park (free) in Bognor at 9:15 or Westgate (Chichester) to share cars. Chris Furlepa will organise cars from West Meads and Carole Griffiths from Westgate. Walk will start at 10:00.
Shoreham Fort is at the end of Old Fort Road BN43 5HY where there's a pay and display car park
Full day - bring a snack and drink.
Postcode: BN43 5HY (Google map)

Leader Chris Furlepa.
Meet at Shoreham Fort for walk around the harbour entrance and coastline then off to Goring Gap for sea watch.

Time: 9:15 am at West Meads or Westgate, 10:00 am in Shoreham

Price: Free (share petrol and parking costs)

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Tue
15

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 s/p Amberiey. After about 4 miles turn left o n unclassified s/p 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.
Choice of full or half day - bring lunch or use cafe.
RSPB Reserve. Floodplain, marsh, scrapes and farmland. Wildfowl, divers, raptors, migrants, passerines depending on season.

Time: 10:00 am for first circuit then lunch for those staying the full day

Price: Free for RSPB members

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Thu
24

Evening meeting - 'A Bird Watchers travels in West Sussex'

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

A talk by Bernie Forbes: A welcome return of a well-known Sussex birder
who from his birding trips will regale us with "A Bird Watchers travels in West Sussex".

Time: 7.30pm

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

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Sat
26

Long 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 (grass triangle).
Lunch at Burpham Church

Leader Chris Vine
Downland, farmland. Migrants and passerines, raptors.

Time: 10:00 am (long half day) bring lunch

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

February 2019

Sun
10

Half day walk around Chichester Gravel Pits

Location: G.R. SU 873029. From A27 by-pass take B2145 s/p Selsey. Take first exit at roundabout, on to B2166
s/p North Mundham & Bognor. At North Mundham turn left at chicane on to unclassified and park in village hall car park

Leader Carole Griffiths
Gravel pit lakes and woodland. Wildfowl, divers, migrants. passerines depending on season.

Time: 10:00 am (half-day)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Wed
13

Long half day walk around Farlington Marsh

Location: G.R. SU 679044. Take A27 west. Take exit for A2030, and at end of slip road at roundabout turn very sharp left into unclassified track back alongside the slip road. Park at far end of the lane.

Leader Chris Vine
Wildfowl, waders, divers. Flooded marshland, harbour shoreline and mudflats. Long morning - bring a drink/ lunch.

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

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Sat
23

Half day walk around Medmerry west-side

Location: Meet at Sidlesham RSPB centre then onto Medmerry (share cars as limited parking)

Leader Chris Furlepa
Waders, gulls etc. Bring drink / snack.

Time: 9:30 am (half day) meet at Sidlesham RSPB centre

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

Thu
28

Evening meeting - 'Birds without Borders'

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

This is a talk by Peter Holden MBE, Author and Conservationist.

Peter was a senior manager for the RSPB for over 40 years, and while running the RSPB's junior membership he devised the ever popular Big Garden Bird-watch which has grown into the largest wildlife survey in the world!

Time: 7.30pm

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

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

March 2019

Tue
5

Half day walk around Prinsted / Nutbourne

Location: GR SZ766051 Take the A259 to Southbourne, continue past the mini roundabout and take the 2nd turning on the left in front of the 'Golden Chopsticks' into Prinsted Lane. Follow the road until you see the harbour wall on the left and the Sea Scout hut on the right. There should be enough spaces to park.

Leader Carole Griffiths
Farmland and harbour shoreline, mudflats. Waders, wildfowl, divers, raptors.

Time: 10:00 am (half day)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07581722040

E-mail: chichesterbirds@gmail.com

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.

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

Price: Free

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.

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).

Time: 08.00 am

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