MWHG 20th Anniversary Photo Competition

©Brian Henham


To celebrate 20 Years of The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group, we are hosting a photographic competition to capture the best of our wonderful Peninsula!


The competition will be open to receiving photo entries from July 16th to August 12th


There are 4 themed categories in total, and entrants can send in up to one photo per category, for their age range. Photos must capture wildlife, heritage, or a landscape of the Manhood Peninsula and be taken on the Manhood Peninsula*

*This includes, Birdham, Bracklesham, Earnley, East Itchenor, East Wittering, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Itchenor, West Wittering. 


  • Wildlife Category (16+ years)
  • Heritage Category (16+ years)
  • Landscape Category (16+ years)
  • Your Local Nature Category (Under 16’s age group, includes photos of wildlife, landscapes or plants)

5 winners will be chosen in total. An overall winner will be selected for the best photo received across all categories and a winner of each category will be chosen as runners up. Up to 20 photos will be selected to be shown in exhibitions, alongside the 5 winning photos.


Prizes to be awarded:

Overall winner: £100 cash prize

Each category winner: £50 cash prize


The winners will be announced on the week of the 20th August


How to enter:

Photo entries can be uploaded through the competition form, below. Entries can also be tweeted to us on our Twitter page or posted onto our Facebook page. Entries entered via social media must name the category being entered and include the hashtag #MWHG20, to be counted.

Entry to the competition is subject to the following Terms and Conditions*
  • Entry is free and open to all
  • Each entrant may enter one image per category in the competition (if multiple photos are received from an individual in one category, the first photo will be entered only).
  • Entries should be in digital format and may be in portrait or landscape format.
  • Entries must be .jpg files of no more than 25 MB (Mega Bytes) in size.
  • Photographs can be entered on our website’s competition page. Please include your name and contact details. Files should be given a title. Your details will not be passed on to any third party.
  • Entries can also be tweeted to our Twitter page or posted on our Facebook page, including the hashtag #MWHG20. Winners will need to be available to be contacted, via the social media platform they entered their photo, for full contact details during the week starting August 13th.
  • We reserve the right to use your entry for publicity purposes, in our written material and on our online platforms, for up to five years from the opening date of the competition. You will be notified if your photo is due to be shown in an exhibition.
  • All photographs submitted must be the work of the individual who submits them, otherwise entrants must ensure that photographs do not infringe the copyright of any third party.
  • All images must be taken on the Manhood Peninsula and entrants must be able to indicate where it was taken. Images of wildlife must be taken in their natural environment or habitat.  Images of wildlife taken in captivity, domesticated or restrained in any way will not be eligible, neither will images of species that have been artificially cultivated or reared.
  • The welfare of the wildlife subject of any photograph is of great importance – entries that show evidence of undue disturbance or stress caused by the photographer will be disqualified. Please take care to avoid damage to the environment in the process of your photography.
  • Digital adjustments to photos are not acceptable.
  • Judges appointed by the MWHG, but who will be selected for impartial representation, will choose the winners who will be notified and a list of the winning entries will be shared on the MWHG website and social media pages. The decision of the MWHG on all matters relating to the Competition is final and no correspondence may be entered into.
  • All entries are sent at the photographer’s risk. MWHG regret they cannot accept liability for any loss or damage of any images entered into the Competition.
  • The opening date is the 16th July. The Closing date is the 12th August. Entries received before or after this date will not be counted.

MWHG 20th Anniversary Competition Entry Form

Your Details

IMPORTANT. Please note that in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (2018), you are advised that details will be held on a database to enable the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group to undertake its normal administrative duties relating to the competition, for the duration of the competition and, for select photos, for up to 5 years from the opening date of the competition to facilitate recognition of copyright holders and notification of the exhibition of photos. Details of entrants will not be made available to third parties, without prior consent. Please notify Joe Savill (, in writing of any objections to the use of your data, as stated.
Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Registered office: 55 High Street, Selsey, West Sussex PO20 0RB. Company No: 07629112. Registered Charity No. 1147335

Your Entry

Enter up to one photo per category, for your age group. Once you submit this entry, you will be able to enter another category, via this form.
Files should be titled eg. "Red Admiral Butterfly". Maximum file size 25MB. File types accepted .jpg
Include a known address or, if the photo was not taken at an address, please state the nearest Post Code and include a description of the area, to help us identify the location.
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Spring/ Summer Newsletter Now Available

Read about the FLOW Project’s progress, an interview with our newest Trustee and the celebration of 100 SWALKs, in the Spring/ Summer Newsletter!


















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Blitzed! Over 100 Species Recorded at Manor Green Park

Last Wednesday MWHG staff and volunteers gathered at Manor Green Park, adjacent to the Selsey Centre, to discover and record the wildlife on this popular community site. A grand total of 109 species were recorded! A lot of work went in beforehand to plan the species recording, including setting moth traps in local gardens and positioning reptile tins and live mammal traps. Despite it being a weekday, we hoped that there would be interest from the public and visiting volunteers to come along a see what was happening, and we set up information displays outside the centre and a discovery trail around the site. A key draw for the day was the involvement of the Sussex Biological Records Centre (SBRC), who sent a representative down to help train volunteers and visitors on iRecord. Using iRecord is an important way to submit your records to a central database where they can be verified by experts. It’s a great way to track changes species distribution, record rarities and ensure that there is a bank of biological information available for sites to highlight their value.

RSPB volunteers browse the displays about MWHG’s work on the peninsula. ©R. O’Dowd

The day dawned still and sunny, perfect for species monitoring, and we kicked off the event by checking the moth traps with the help of RSPB Warden and moth expert Ivan Lang. In total, 22 moth species were recorded. Shortly afterwards, we had an influx of RSPB volunteers who took time out of their Wednesday work party to attend the event, and most of this group walked around the site with MWHG Field Office Chris Drake to check the reptile tins. Although only 1 reptile species was recorded- the slow worm- there were a good number of individuals found under the tins. Shortly after Chris checked the reptile tins, FLOW Project Manager Jane Reeve walked around the site with a small group to check to Longworth mammals traps, and those with her were lucky enough to see a wood mouse and short tailed field vole. Back at the centre, several of the RSPB volunteers also attended iRecord training and thanks are also due to RSPB warden Barry O’Dowd for bringing them along.

Jane releases a short tailed field vole from a Longworth trap. ©R. O’Dowd

FLOW Leader Jane identifies a short tailed field vole ©N.Timney

Lois from SBRC trains RSPB staff and volunteers on how to use iRecord. ©R.O’Dowd

As the day started to heat up, it was time to head into the patches of meadow and scour the hedgerows for invertebrates and we were lucky to have the expertise and enthusiasm of entomologist Dr Alison Barker. Thanks to Alison’s efforts, with help from Sarah Hughes, Chris Drake and Felicity McStea, 8 butterfly species were recorded, 9 species of hymenoptera (bees) and a further 13 species of invertebrate, including various true-bugs, crustaceans, molluscs, orthopterans (crickets and grasshoppers), a beetle and a dragonfly. The invertebrate highlight was an Essex Skipper (Butterfly) which has no previous Selsey record! In the meadows, Felicity and Sarah in particular, did a brilliant job in identifying 74 species of plant.

Small Magpie Moth from a live trap ©N.Timney

Although the midweek footfall was quiet in the park, we met some very enthusiastic locals and several parents stopped to take part in activities with their children, including barn owl pellet dissecting. Towards the end of the day, the adjacent nursery brought over three groups of children to look at the moths collected in our live traps. Overall it was a successful bioblitz, blessed by beautiful weather, during which we collected many valuable records to highlight the wildlife using the site, much of which is often hidden, but is all around us! Many thanks to MWHG staff and volunteers for all their efforts on the day.

We’ll be holding mini bioblitzes on 2nd and 3rd of July at two sites in Sidlesham and would welcome your help and enthusiasm. It’s a great opportunity to help us discover and appreciate our local wildlife and also brush up on your ID skills. If you’d like more information on joining either of these events please contact FLOW Project Leader Jane for more information at

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Eileen Savill Award for Young People 2018

Last year’s Eileen Savill Award Winners Lilah and Mia

Do you know young people who truly care for their environment?


The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group [MWHG] is seeking nominations for the Eileen Savill Award. This is an annual award for young people, under 25 years of age, who contribute to the conservation or celebration of the landscape, wildlife or heritage of the Manhood Peninsula, or help others learn about this special place.

The award is open to individuals or groups who have shown enthusiasm and commitment towards practical conservation work or learning about the wildlife and/or heritage of the area or celebrating it through art, photography, writing etc. Those nominated do not have to live on the Manhood Peninsula but their activities must relate to it.


Examples of actions meriting nomination could include:

• Setting up a wildlife garden
• Working for a Green Group or Gardening Club in school
• Taking part in survey work
• Regular volunteering for an environmental or heritage group
• Keeping a nature diary or records of sightings
• Helping to clean up an area
• A research project
• Helping others to understand more about their local heritage or wildlife
• Leading practical conservation tasks
• Writing, art or photography inspired by local landscapes, wildlife or heritage


We welcome nominations for individuals, family groups, children/students at school, college or university, cubs, scouts, brownies, guides, members of other youth groups as well as members of conservation or history/heritage groups. Previous nominees may be nominated again.

The winner of the award will receive a locally hand-crafted trophy and a prize chosen to support the winner’s activities. The presentation will take place in the autumn.

MWHG has been celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. During this time it has received both local and national awards for its success in engaging people in action for local wildlife and heritage, as well as its educational work.

Eileen Savill lived in Selsey for almost 50 years and devoted her life to encouraging young people by teaching for 23 years at Manhood School [now The Academy, Selsey]. She always saw the potential in young people and nurtured it, even when others had written certain young people off. She was a founder member of the MWHG and contributed artwork and photographs to many of the group’s publications. Eileen loved the area and was passionate about preserving and celebrating its heritage. She was also an active volunteer in many of Selsey’s groups, including the RNLI and Camera Club. She spent her life giving.


Deadline for entries is Friday 27th July 2018


Eileen Savill Award 2018 Nomination Form Download Form

Download and complete a nomination form. Enter your nomination, below.


Eileen Savill Award 2018 Nomination

Nominations can be also be posted to: Joe Savill, 28 Vincent Road, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 9DQ.
File types accepted: .doc or .pdf



Contact details required for this competition are used solely to carry out administrative duties for the “Eileen Savill Award 2018” and will only be held for as long as necessary to provide this service. You may well be contacted for further details if the person/group you nominated is shortlisted for the award.

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Event: Bio-Blitz at Manor Green Park 13th June

Sensory Garden at Manor Green Park


Come along to our Bio-Blitz event at Manor Green Park, The Selsey Centre, to discover your local wildlife!

On the 13th June, from 10am to 4pm, we will be hosting a range of activities to survey this interesting site. From the Sensory Garden to the rain garden, we will be recording and identifying as many species as possible, including reptiles, small mammals, birds, moths from our live trap and wildflowers.

Take our discovery trail, build a bird nest box, learn how to survey different species and bring home ideas to make your garden more wildlife friendly!

Our team will be joined by an expert from the Sussex Biological Records Centre,  providing iRecord training sessions. iRecord is a free online tool which allows individuals to report their wildlife sightings and contribute to a growing, central database to help conserve our environment.

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Introduction to New Trustee Dr Lesley Bromley

Dr Lesley Bromley has joined the MWHG as a Trustee this year. Lesley was born in the Midlands, in Wolverhampton, but has known the Manhood, and Selsey in particular, for the last 50 years. Initially her family came to Selsey on holiday, renting accommodation at Platten House, which stood in Clayton Road where Clayton Court now stands. After annual visits for 18 years, her Parents moved to Selsey in 1975, whilst she was studying Medicine in London. She spent more and more time in Selsey and as her Parents became older and needed more help, she spent most weekends in Sussex.

Trustee, Dr Lesley Bromley

The house her parents lived in became hers on the death of her mother in 2001, and she moved here full time but continued to work in London up to 2010.
She worked as a Consultant Anaesthetist at UCLH in London, with a special interest in Pain Management, and also developed an interest in Medical Education and was Director of Medical Education for the Trust for 10 years. Now in retirement she is still teaching, but she teaches doctors how to teach these days.

She has been a bird watcher for more than 30 years, greatly enjoys walking as a pastime and since being a Girl Guide, has enjoyed knowing about the creatures who live around us. She lives in a house with a particular history which is part of the heritage of Selsey and since living here has become more and more interested in the history of the Manhood, from St Wilfred to the present day. She attends church and sings in the choir in Sidlesham and after 50 years of being here she is starting to feel like a native!

Read more from Dr Bromley in our spring/ summer newsletter, coming soon!

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Let Nature Improve Your Garden

Download our wildlife gardening leaflet to share these quick tips to make your garden wildlife friendly! You can also pick up a hard copy at Selsey, East Wittering and Chichester Libraries, as well as The Selsey Centre and Selsey Town Council.

Made in partnership with Transition Chichester, this leaflet is part of the wider Recreational Disturbance project, to conserve wildlife, from Chichester District Council.

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A Team Effort to Tidy East Beach

Wednesday 9th May was a stunning blue day at Selsey and perfect weather for a joint beach clean between the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group (MWHG) and Nature’s Way foods. The MWHG are based in Selsey and have an active volunteer group based at East Beach Pond. The MWHG were approached by Nature’s Way to see if we could team up their staff with our volunteers to do a litter pick at East Beach. The timing of the clean was important, because it was just after the busy bank holiday weekend, when there may have been more rubbish left than usual, and also before the main tourist season, by which time it would be good to have the beach and its surroundings looking tip top. The clean also coincides with Chichester District Council’s (CDC) recently launched ‘Against Litter’ campaign, and CDC kindly lent us some litter-picking kits, including litter pickers, hoops and bags.


MWHG volunteers and Nature’s Way staff busy clearing litter below the seawall. ©Nicola Timney


On the afternoon of the clean, 15 people turned up to help, including staff from Nature’s Way and staff and volunteers from the MWHG. The staff from Nature’s Way certainly seemed to appreciate the chance to get out of the office on such a glorious afternoon, with the added bonus of giving back something to the local community. It was also great to have the support of some of the regular volunteers from the MWHG East Beach group. After ensuring everyone was briefed on safety and supplied with the right kit, volunteers were allocated different areas to work on and set off in pairs. The focus for the clean was approximately the 200m of beach in front of and either side of the East Beach car park and the surroundings of the car park itself, including the greens. Overall it was good to see that there was not a huge amount of litter left on the beach or the greens, the worst area was below the seawall on the landward side, where litter is dropped from above and collects from the wind. Most of the litter found was waste plastic, including food wrappers, bottle and bottle caps. After a good two hours of work, 8 bags of litter had been collected and were left by the bins for CDC to take away.


The team. Hopefully we’ll join forces again soon to tackle more litter! ©Nicola Timney


Over refreshments of juice, biscuits and strawberries, the team could feel well pleased that they had a made a difference and there was even talk of making a joint litter pick between Nature’s Way and MWHG a regular thing! Many thanks to all the volunteers and staff who turned up, and in particular thanks to Hannah Lambourne from Nature’s Way, for helping to organise the clean and providing the refreshments. Thanks also to Community Wildlife Officer, Sarah Hughes, for helping to arrange the litter picking kits from CDC.


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The New Volunteer Welcome Pack has Landed!

Earlier this week, the new volunteer welcome pack finally rolled out of Selsey Press. As Communications Officer, the design and production of this pack has been one of the key projects during my first 6 months in post. The rationale behind the pack is to provide volunteers with a background to the MWHG as an organisation, along with information on where we work and the volunteering opportunities available. In the early stages of developing the pack, I spoke to several volunteers, and the issues that came up included: How is the MWHG structured and who are the main contacts in the organisation? What is the FLOW Project and how does it fit with our other work? What locations do we work in, and how do we know what other volunteering opportunities there are? The pack seeks to answer these questions and in doing so, will make it easier for volunteers to orientate themselves within the MWHG and choose when, where and how they would like to volunteer. In addition to this, the pack is a support document, covering important topics such as lone working and work-party safety, that are relevant to established and new volunteers alike.

Contents of the new volunteer welcome pack. ©R. O’Dowd

Contents of the new volunteer welcome pack. ©R. O’Dowd

The production of this pack has been a joint effort. The exact contents were hammered out at a brain-storming session with Jane Reeve, Chris Drake, Sheila Wilkinson and Dave Haldane, and finalised after a review and discussion with Joe Savill. In the months since, Joe, Jane, Chris have all contributed content, which I’ve then developed and structured into the new pack format. The pack contents are held within a useful folder that volunteers can use to keep other documents about MWHG too. With all the different sections to check, there was lots of proof-reading to do before the final copy went to the printers, so further thanks to Joe, Jane and Chris for help with this. Mike Wickens at Selsey Press has been excellent in discussing the printing options, and the quality of the finished product has exceeded my expectations.

I now have the task of compiling the contents of all 200 packs, and will do this in batches with many cups of tea and biscuits to keep me going! The first packs will be going out to volunteers shortly via the group leaders and any volunteers that can’t be reached this way will receive a copy in the post or at a later event. The pack will go to all existing and new volunteers who are currently active in contributing their time to our work.  Despite our small size as an organisation, I believe MWHG now has a welcome pack worthy of our fantastic volunteers, and it is an important way in which we can show how much we value the time and effort that they contribute.

Over time, there is scope to add and revise the welcome pack contents as needed, and I would welcome feedback from volunteers. Please email with your comments.


Communications and Engagement Officer for MWHG


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Volunteers take on the Coir Roll Challenge!

Last weekend a team of dedicated volunteers, with FLOW Project Leader Jane at the helm, took on the challenge of distributing 40 coir rolls to 8 sites across the Manhood Peninsula. They were ably assisted by Campbell Thorp, who drove the rolls around in his pick-up truck, and all went home happy in the knowledge of a task well done…and lots of loose coir fibres in their ears, mouths and clothing! A huge thanks is extended to all the volunteers that helped shift these rolls about, and a special thanks to Campbell Thorp for his work with his pick-up and trailer. The use of coir rolls is an important part of the habitat creation and improvement work that MWHG do, and we asked Jane to tell us more about the rolls and how they work.

In a nutshell, what is a coir roll?

A coir roll is a long sausage shaped bundle made of coconut fibres, which are bound together with bio-degradable cord. It’s an environmentally sound use of coconut fibres which are otherwise a waste product of coconut production. The coir rolls in this case have been delivered to us dry and they have 18-20 holes cut into them where plug plants can be placed. The benefit of dry coir rolls is that they are only 20-30 kg to heft about, compared to the 80 – 100 kg when wet. It also means that we can populate them up with the plants of our choosing as they are not pre-planted, so we can introduce very specific species relevant to the local area.

Volunteers lift the coir rolls into position. The Wad, West Wittering ©Jane Reeve

Purple areas of loose coir where it can be removed and plug plants put in. Hale Farm, West Wittering ©Jane Reeve

These coir rolls will be staked into place and then planted up with a range of riparian species to improve biodiversity and to stabilise the ditch banks. Once staked, the coir rolls absorb water and are a great medium for the plants to grow in. The plants soon put on growth and create large roots that go through the coir and into the banks of the ponds, ditches or banks where they have been placed. They do not need any topping up and will thrive, as demonstrated in the photos of Birdham Pond below. They then just require light cutting back once a year like any other vegetation. The coir will eventually disappear completely leaving the plants growing in the underlying soil.

Pre-planted coir rolls being installed at Kingfisher pond in Birdham. ©Jane Reeve

 Kingfisher pond 4 months on with the vegetation growth. ©Jane Reeve

After coir rolls are installed, the growth in one year can be incredible.

Why is the use of coir rolls important to MWHG’s work?

By helping to stabilise ditch and stream banks and introducing more plant biodiversity into the wetlands, we are trying to create better water vole habitat. Water Voles are England’s fastest declining mammal, so this work with help ensure that that they continue to have a stronghold on the Manhood Peninsula.

How do you decide where to put the coir rolls?

We target wetland sites that have very little floristic diversity, and which have been heavily shaded and under managed over a long period in the past. We have worked on these sites over the last couple of years removing willow and bramble that didn’t allow light to hit the water, opening them up and digging them out. The final stage is introducing native wetland species with the help of coir rolls that we can plant with plugs. This year, we have decided to target Hilton Business Park pond, the Cakeham Manor wetland area, Hale Farm, Regency house and Sparrow cottage – all sites we have worked on and prepared this winter. We may dig out these sites further, so will ensure that the coir rolls are not damaged.

The weather is a challenge this time of year, why put them out now?

We install the coir rolls this time of year because the vegetation/tree cutting season has finished with the start of the bird breeding season and it is also the beginning of the growing season. Small plug plants put into the rolls have a whole growing season ahead and can quickly green-up what had previously been a dark and bare site. The rolls have all gone onto site now and we will spend the next couple of weeks installing them. This Friday we will start work on Hilton Business Park – staking the rolls into place and planting them with a range of plug plant species.

Hale Farm, West Wittering © Jane Reeve

Malthouse Cottages, West Wittering ©Jane Reeve

After installation, the coir rolls green-up quickly, adding an early flush of life to bare winter wetlands and helping to stabilise the banks.

Is that it, or will you be installing more rolls in the future?

I will probably try and get more of these rolls next year so that we can do this all again on the new sites we will be working on. This work is so satisfying because we can see the results quickly and it makes a big difference to the quality and diversity of our local wetlands. We are always looking for new volunteers to come and help us, so if this blog has inspired you, why not get in touch and find out how you can get involved. There is no requirement for a regular commitment, and coming along for a taster session is great way to meet the volunteers and see if it is something you might enjoy.

Please contact Rebecca on for more information about volunteering with MWHG, or ring Jane on 07743824049 if you wish to join a work event. Details of our upcoming tasks can be found on our website calendar.

The coir roll champions! There’s nothing quite like a cup of tea after a good day’s work. Southend Farm, Donnington © Jane Reeve

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