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Eileen Savill Award 2017 Results

November 16th, 2017 by Nikki

Mia [left] and Lilah [right] receiving their awards from Dave [centre]

The task for young people this year was to produce a piece of creative writing about minibeasts.

The winner was Lilah [aged 7], for her poem about a butterfly’s life. Told from the butterfly’s point of view, it explored the butterfly’s feelings through its life cycle.

Runner-up was Mia [aged 9], also for a poem but this time it described the variety of minibeasts, their characteristics and behaviours.

Read Lilah and Mia’s poems in our Autumn/ Winter newsletter: coming soon!

Eileen Savill Award carved by Peter Warren

The presentation ceremony took place at the Selsey Centre with family of the winners in attendance, members of the Savill family and friends, as well as MWHG members. The Award, certificates and other prizes were presented by Management Team Member, Dave Haldane, who is one of the group’s experts in identification of flora and fauna.

The girls both received a book about minibeasts and a gift token. And as winner, Lilah also received a book of poems and the Award itself. This year it was a diving Kingfisher, beautifully carved, as always, by Peter Warren.

After the presentations and hearing the poems, both read very confidently and clearly by Lilah and Mia, everyone enjoyed light refreshments and an opportunity to discuss the girls’ work.

The judging team now look forward to planning next year’s award.

 

The Eileen Savill annual Award was created by her family in 2012 to commemorate her work with young people, helping them overcome difficulties in their education and build on their strengths. She was a founder member of the Group and contributed artwork for many MWHG publications in order to celebrate the wildlife and heritage of the Manhood Peninsula.


Post by Joe

 

Our Own Community Champion

November 10th, 2017 by Nikki
Dave Haldane (centre) and volunteers celebrating at East Beach Pond

Dave Haldane [centre] and volunteers celebrating at East Beach Pond

Dave Haldane has won a Community Champion Award as part of this year’s South & South-East in Bloom Awards.

The judges wanted to recognise his unwavering commitment as a volunteer to help maintain various open spaces in Selsey, in particular East Beach Pond and Selsey Common. They were also very impressed with his knowledge of local flora and fauna and enjoyed the wonderful overview he gave of the areas during their judging tours.

He was one of only three people chosen to receive this award across the whole of the South & South-East in Bloom judging area, which includes about 300 communities.

Members of the East Beach Pond Group gathered to celebrate Dave’s award with bubbly and nibbles, at the end of their regular Tuesday afternoon session at the pond.


Post by Joe

Tooled-up for the Task Ahead

October 9th, 2017 by Nikki
Post by Rebecca

On Wednesday morning, a small group of MWHG volunteer leaders and staff took advantage of the autumn sunlight to unpack and label a large cache of new tools. Having been inundated by the newly ordered implements, it was a relief to FLOW Project Manager, Jane, to finally get them all out of the house and stored safely in the container! The tools, amongst which are spades, billhooks, hand-saws and rakes, are a timely acquisition, and have been distributed to different sub-groups for use across the peninsular. The tool’s arrival is also welcomed ahead of the FLOW Project’s busy autumn and winter work programme.

 

© Rebecca O’Dowd

Posing with an array of new tools, and itching to get started with them out in the field.

This addition to MWHG’s work-party resources is a result of a successful application to the WSCC’s Operation Watershed Fund, which was set up to support community and flood group initiatives tackling flood issues across the country. To qualify for the money, MWHG had to demonstrate the wider benefit of its work to the community, through education, training and sustainability- not just direct action- and have the support of the County Councillor. The outcome of that funding application, was that MWHG were awarded an impressive £3000 for new tools. Reflecting on the benefit this will have, FLOW Project Manager Jane Reeve, says “ I am looking forward to the difference this will help us make in enhancing local habitats, such as ditches, ponds and hedges- all of which contribute to controlling surface water and flood risk”. Lots of new tools require lots of volunteers to use them however, and the MWHG and FLOW Project are always looking for more ‘hands on deck’ to help meet their ambitious targets for surveying and improving wildlife habitats, across the Manhood Peninsula.

 

© Rebecca O’Dowd

It was a test of skill, teamwork and ingenuity to assemble to two wheelbarrows!

If you are interested in volunteering for the MWHG or FLOW Project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have a variety of volunteer roles available, and a full schedule of upcoming work party events, including regular ‘Flow Fridays’ and ‘Welly Wednesdays’. You can check out our events calendar, or keep in the loop by following us on Facebook @mwhg.page and Twitter @mwhgpage 

For more information on volunteering near you and how you can get involved, please contact Rebecca O’Dowd (Communications and Engagement Officer) on: hello@mwhg.org.uk

 

2017 Annual General Meeting

October 3rd, 2017 by Nikki

Notice of Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 6th Annual General Meeting of the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group [MWHG] will be held in the Exhibition Hall at Selsey Town Council Offices at 6.30pm on 26th October 2017 to transact the following business:

AGENDA

  • Opening remarks and Welcome
  • Apologies – please send these to the Chair of the Management Team
  • Minutes of previous AGM meeting
  • Matters arising from minutes
  • Reports and Updates
  • Presentation of Annual Report and Accounts
  • Adoption of Annual Report and Accounts
  • Election of Trustees and Treasurer
  • Members’ resolutions/motions to be put to AGM – proposed resolutions should be sent to the Chair of the Management Team by noon 12th October
  • Any other appropriate business/ questions
  • Closing statements

This will be followed by an illustrated talk by Gina and David Scott about their recent visit to Antarctica.

Light refreshments will be served during the evening.

By order of the Board of MWHG Charity Trustees

Joe Savill, Trustee and Chair of the Management Team:  chairmt@mwhg.org.uk

South & South East in Bloom Awards 2017

September 27th, 2017 by Nikki

East Beach Pond Spring 2017

Each year our members and volunteers work hard to manage special green spaces in Selsey, for wildlife and people to enjoy. Thanks to these efforts, this year we upheld our results in the South & South East in Bloom Awards!

Active member of the Group and working parties that conserve these sites, Sheila, said of the awards given – “We were pleased to maintain our standards in the South and South East in Bloom Awards this year.  We do strive to increase our marks each year and will continue to work hard to gain more in future.”

Selsey in Bloom Award Silver Gilt
Manor Green Park Silver Gilt
East Beach Pond Gold
Sensory Garden (in Manor Green Park) Thriving

Previous results for these spaces and other awards achieved by the Group can be found in our About Us

Sensory Garden, Manor Green Park Spring 2017

Subscribe to our Newsletter!

September 6th, 2017 by Nikki

You can now subscribe to be notified when our newsletter is released!

Already a member? You will be emailed each time a newsletter is published.

Take a look at our newsletter archive for stories from the Manhood Peninsula, progress reports from our project leaders, and more!

Brewery Field Community Open Day – Sunday 20th August

August 14th, 2017 by Nikki

The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group’s Wildlife Officer, Sarah Hughes, will be at the Brewery Field Community Open Day in Chichester, this Sunday 20th August – come and say hello!

To celebrate the working history of the site, there will be Dray rides, a variety of green activities and more, organized by Transition Chichester and Friends of Brewery Field. Full Event Details on the Transition Chichester Website.

Brewery Field can be found here:

Selsey Lifeboat Launch Day – Sunday 6th August

August 1st, 2017 by Nikki

We’ll be at the Selsey Lifeboat Launch day, amongst the activities on the Lifeboat green.

Come say hello this Sunday, 6th August!

Full details about the day’s events can be found on the Selsey Lifeboat site, here.

New Job Opportunity – FLOW Communications and Engagement Officer

July 17th, 2017 by Nikki

 

FLOW – Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands Communications and Engagement Officer [Heritage Lottery Funded]

£24,000  pa

pro rata for 2 days a week

Fixed Term contract to the end of December 2020

 

Based: Selsey office/home-working

Closing date: Monday 14th August

Start date: As soon as possible

The Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group is a registered charity, run by volunteers, which has been working to improve the environment of the Manhood Peninsula [south of Chichester] since 1997 – presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2010.

FLOW is an HLF funded Project to survey, primarily, the ditch and hedgerow networks of the Manhood Peninsula, then to plan and make improvements, in terms of wildlife value and sustainable water management. It is intended that much of the work will be carried out by volunteers and the successful applicant will have a vital role in recruiting volunteers and engaging the wider community more generally in project activities. They will also be responsible for publicising and promoting the project, as well as reporting on progress with it.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a small friendly team, for a volunteer-led, local charity, to make a real difference to the wildlife, people and landscape of a special place in West Sussex.

Click the links for a full job description and an application form.

 

Spring/ Summer Newsletter 2017

June 14th, 2017 by Nikki

Read our new Spring/ Summer Newsletter.

Eileen Savill Award 2017: Wild Writing

May 3rd, 2017 by Nikki

The Award is now in its sixth year and for 2017 we want you to celebrate the world of minibeasts in a piece of creative writing.

Much of the rest of the natural world depends on minibeasts so they are very special, yet we can see them every day. Think of butterflies, bees, bugs, beetles, moths, dragonflies, worms, woodlice, ants and spiders. The list is endless…

We would like you to produce a story, poem, letter, diary, speech or rap about a minibeast or minibeasts. It can be presented as: a handwritten piece, a word document – with or without illustrations – a storyboard/ comic strip, a video, a sound recording or an animation. Text may be scribed or typed by a friend or adult but all words and illustrations must be the work of the entrant.

Ideas to get you writing

  • Produce a picture book – older writers could write and illustrate one for a younger audience. There are plenty of great picture books with minibeasts as subjects to give you ideas
  • Write a letter from a minibeast to the human race explaining the problems they are facing and what we could do to help them
  • A minibeast autobiography – imagine you are a minibeast telling your life story or part of it
  • A minibeast faces a problem/challenge in their life and your story is how they tackle it – it could be a new housing development, a polluted pond, food shortage, etc.
  • An imaginary encounter with a minibeast – perhaps you have somehow shrunk to enter the minibeast world so everything is now life size
  • A minibeast on a quest meets other minibeasts and learns about them as they help out, or not
  • What would our world be like if ants, spiders, bees or any other minibeast ruled the planet, instead of humans?
  • A minibeast’s diary – see the world through their eyes for a day or days
  • A letter/ email from the minibeast family describing what they do for us for free and how things would be different without them
  • What would be on the menu at the Minibeast Summer Ball? – can you produce a beautifully illustrated copy for this grand event
  • How about an interview with a ‘celebrity’ minibeast – what would you want to ask?
  • The amazing range of fabulous features of minibeasts could be good themes for raps and poems
  • The story of a minibeast growing into a beautiful adult – rather like ‘The Ugly Duckling’

The judges will be looking for an engaging plot or theme, the thoughtful choice of language as well as some understanding of minibeasts. So write about what you know or do some research or, better still, find some minibeasts and watch what they do.

We welcome entries from any young person below 25 years of age who lives on the Manhood Peninsula or attends school there. Prizes will be awarded for different age categories, depending on the spread and number of entries, and an overall Award winner chosen.

The closing date for entries is the 31st July 2017 and you may submit your entry any time before this date.

All entries must be accompanied by the following information:

  • Name and age of entrant
  • Name of who to contact and their email or telephone number

Entries can be either sent to 28 Vincent Road, Selsey, West Sussex, PO20 9DQ (collection can be arranged if required) or emailed to chairmt@mwhg.org.uk

 

New Autumn/ Winter Newsletter

December 7th, 2016 by Nikki

Read our new Autumn/ Winter Newsletter.

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FLOW Project Launch

November 1st, 2016 by Nikki

Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group (MWHG) has received a grant of £545,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands (FLOW) project.  This project will be working to improve and enhance wetland habitat across the Manhood Peninsula (MP) over the next four years.

vole-launchThe MWHG have previously successfully carried out mapping projects in Birdham, West Itchenor and West Wittering Parishes and the results of the survey work can be seen at www.mwhg.org.uk. Working with Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council, and the Environment Agency, information is shared and sustainable solutions sought for persistent flooding issues with wildlife and people in mind. We will be surveying East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish until February with the parishes of Earnley, Sidlesham, Selsey, Hunston, North Mundham, Donnington and Apuldram to follow.

With the help of trained volunteers, the project will carry out essential survey work of the existing wetland network and map the findings to make them accessible for a wide range of audiences. Where environmental or flood issues are identified, solutions will be sought and physical work carried out where appropriate and possible.  Focus will be on building strong relationships between stakeholders to support a cohesive approach to wetland management across the Manhood Peninsula. Using tithe and old maps from the past, relic ponds and ditch systems are identified for recovery so that water can be held back away from people and properties.

The wetland network of the MP is currently a strong hold for the UK’s endangered water vole population that live in the ditches and ponds. Chichester and Pagham harbours, which flank the MP, have international significance as wetland habitats because of the wildlife they support.

flow-launchSome improvement work will involve contractors and machinery but people power will be required to cut back vegetation and open up ditches.  Working parties will be organised with plenty of refreshments and it is an opportunity to learn more about your local environment, meet new friends and have fun with a sense of satisfaction at the end of it.  We have carried out work in neighbouring parishes and made difference with volunteer groups that meet regularly to look after their local environment.  Please contact us and get involved!

We will be hosting an event at Bracklesham Barn on Thursday the 8th December 2016 at 10.00am – 12.00 midday for local people to come and tell us about flooding issues they have had, draw on maps to pin point problems, and to see the work that we have carried out in previous studies. Please do come along!

Please contact us at flow@mwhg.org.uk for more information or if you would like to volunteer.

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South and South East in Bloom Awards 2016

September 20th, 2016 by Tom
Sensory Garden in Spring

Sensory Garden in Spring

Sensory Garden in Autumn

Many congratulations to our brilliant Selsey Volunteers, you have done it again! The awards won by your efforts are listed below:

Manor Green Sensory Garden: Level 4 Thriving
Manor Green (small park): Gold
East Beach Pond (small conservation): Gold and Best in Category
Selsey in Bloom: Silver Gilt

We are proud of you!

East Beach Pond in Autumn

East Beach Pond in Autumn

Spring/ Summer Newsletter 2016

August 9th, 2016 by Nikki

Read our new Spring/ Summer Newsletter.

spring summer 2016 newsletter

 

Eileen Savill Award 2016

May 23rd, 2016 by Tom

WILD ART

The Award is now in its fifth year and for 2016 we want you to celebrate local wildlife with a piece of artwork.

It can be of any subject – plant, animal, your favourite wild place or view. But it must be based on first-hand observation somewhere on the Manhood Peninsula, not copied from pictures or photos – unless you took them, of course.

You can use any media, so it can be a drawing, painting, collage, sewing or 3-D work, etc. The choice is yours.

We would like you to provide a title which includes details of the subject and its location e.g. ‘A young Blackbird feeding in my garden in Selsey’

We welcome entries from any young person below 25 years of age. Prizes will be awarded for different age categories, depending on the spread and number of entries, and an overall Award winner chosen.

The closing date for entries is 31st July 2016 and you may submit your entry any time before this date.

All entries must be accompanied by the following information:

  • Name and age of entrant
  • Title of artwork
  • Name of who to contact and their email or telephone number

Artwork should be sent or delivered to 28 Vincent Road, Selsey, West Sussex PO20 9DQ. Collection can be arranged, if required.

For further information email chairmt@mwhg.org.uk

GET INVOLVED IN WILD ART

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Invitation to the West Wittering FLOW Outputs Session

May 11th, 2016 by Nikki

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FLOW Project May 2016 e-bulletin

May 11th, 2016 by Nikki

Click here to view the full e-bulletin.

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Southend Farm tool shed

April 22nd, 2016 by Dave Haldane

We are in the process of positioning a large metal container to replace the wooden sheds at Southend Farm. The plan is to remove the contents of the sheds into the landowners large barn, as a temporary measure until the sheds are removed and the container sited. Sarah and I have removed most of the contents from one shed but we could do with some help on Wednesday morning 27th April around about 10 am to clear the second shed. Until the site is cleared of the sheds (landowner to arrange this) we cannot go ahead with the move, so in the short term it will be difficult to gain access to the equipment stored in the barn as the landowner is the key holder and we cannot expect him to be at our beck and call. If anyone requires tools or materials for events taking place in the next few weeks, please come along Wednesday and take what you need.

Coffee Morning for Sussex Wildlife Trust

March 24th, 2016 by Nikki

SWT coffee morning

New Newsletter

December 15th, 2015 by Nikki

Read our new Autumn/ Winter Newsletter.

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Nature Walks to Put in Your Diary

December 2nd, 2015 by Nikki

Click on the poster to get a printable pdf of our upcoming walks through Selsey.

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AGM 2015

October 22nd, 2015 by Tom

2015 AGM with Agenda

MINUTES OF THE AGM 2014

Exciting Job Opportunities in Wetlands Project

August 25th, 2015 by Tom

The FLOW project has created two new part time jobs – Project Manager and Wetlands Field Officer

FLOW – Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands Project Manager

£24,000 pa      pro rata for 4 days a week

Fixed Term contract for 8 months with a possible extension to 2020

Closing date: Friday 4th September

The Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group is a registered charity, run by volunteers, which has been working to improve the environment of the Manhood Peninsula [south of Chichester] since 1997 – presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2010.

This post will initially deliver a Wetlands Condition Assessment programme , identifying opportunities to improve the wetland network on the Manhood peninsula, working with volunteers, key organisations, landowners and the local community. The aim is to ensure that the wetland habitat is connected and managed to a high standard so that it functions for people and wildlife.

The successful candidate will have experience of managing projects, programmes and contracts, as well as managing volunteers and working with local communities. In addition, they will need to possess an ecological background and knowledge of the associated legislation.  They will have knowledge and experience of writing management plans and practical hands-on experience of land management for nature conservation, particularly in relation to wetland habitats.  They will be able to work independently as well as part of a team and be required to line manage an assistant.  A full, clean driving license is required as travel to areas that are often not accessible by public transport will be necessary.

For further details and how to apply email chairmt@mwhg.org.uk or ring 01243 607104

FLOW – Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands Field Officer

£18,000  pa

pro rata for 4 days a week

Fixed Term contract for 8 months with a possible extension to 2020

Closing date: Friday 4th September

The Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group is a registered charity, run by volunteers, which has been working to improve the environment of the Manhood Peninsula [south of Chichester] since 1997 – presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2010.

This post will initially assist in the delivery of a Wetlands Condition Assessment programme, identifying opportunities to improve the wetland network on the Manhood peninsula, working with volunteers, key organisations,  landowners and the local community. The aim is to ensure that the wetland habitat is connected and managed to a high standard so that it functions for people and wildlife.

The successful candidate will have experience of managing volunteers, ecological field surveys and practical habitat improvement work. They will have knowledge and experience of writing management plans and practical hands-on experience of land management for nature conservation, particularly in relation to wetland habitats. They will be able to work independently as well as part of a team. A full, clean driving license is required as travel to areas that are often not accessible by public transport will be necessary.

For further details and how to apply email chairmt@mwhg.org.uk or ring 01243 607104

HLF logoFLOW logo

 

Exciting News for all MWHG members

August 25th, 2015 by Tom

It is with great pleasure that the MWHG Trustees and Management Team can now announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded us a new grant.  This grant is called Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands, FLOW and has its own logo.

Following the success of the 3 year Water Vole Project , we applied for money with the aim of improving and enhancing the network of wetlands habitat across the whole of the Manhood Peninsula thus connecting up our internationally important wildlife sites.  This new grant provides the opportunity to create a much improved peninsula and help reduce flood risk.

Two pilot projects have taken place in the Parishes of Birdham and West Itchenor, with the support of the Parish Councils and local Flood groups. MWHG carried out an assessment of the current wetlands system and produced a costed list of management actions required.

The HLF award comes in two parts – a Development Phase (9 months) to trial our plans then, if approved, a second Delivery Phase grant to carry out all the necessary work. Provided everything runs smoothly, the project will continue for 5 years with funding to a total of  half a million pounds. Two new part time jobs will be created – those of Project Manager and Wetlands Field Officer.  MWHG has also been provided with an HLF mentor, Paul Walshe, who has both local and national knowledge.  Indeed, he designed the HLF landscape-scale awards.

Thank you to the many local organisations which supported our application.

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New Newsletter

August 3rd, 2015 by Pam

Summer Newsletter 2015

New Newsletter

April 20th, 2015 by Pam

Spring Newsletter 2015

Eileen Savill Award 2015

October 1st, 2014 by Tom

Time for a Challenge

We would like to invite you to take part in the Eileen Savill Award this year. This is an Environmental Award we organise for young people.

The Award has two aims: firstly, to celebrate those who are already caring for their local environment and, secondly, to encourage others to get involved. In previous years we have concentrated on the first aim by seeking nominations. This year we want to focus on the second, by encouraging young people to carry out a long term study of one aspect of the natural world. Their observations and findings can be recorded in any way they choose, such as a video, journal, artwork, CD, DVD, spreadsheet, etc., or any combination of these.

A winner or winners in each age group will be chosen and all will receive prizes. An overall winner will gain the Award.

The natural world is so diverse that the choice of subjects is extensive. The list of suggestions is by no means comprehensive and I am sure that imagination will reveal many more, so don’t be limited by it.

The Challenge

To study an aspect of nature for a year and to record your observations and findings

 Award Guidelines

  • There will be 4 age groups: 4-7 years, 8-11yrs, 12-16yrs and 17-24yrs
  • Observations may be recorded in any way you choose – artwork, photography, writing, on CD or DVD, as a spreadsheet, etc, or any combination
  • Winners will be selected for each age group and an overall winner of the Award chosen from these. All winners will receive prizes.
  • All projects/studies must be submitted by 1st July 2015. These can be collected or sent to 28 Vincent Road, Selsey, West Sussex. PO20 9DQ
  • The following information must accompany each submission:
Name and Contact details of entrant[s] Age(s) [at date of submission] Title/description of project/study

 

  • Although the study must be long term – covering all the seasons, the frequency and total number of observations/visits is up to you.
  • Winners will be notified by September 2015.
  • Entrants do not have to live on the Manhood Peninsula but the observations must take place there
  • Please indicate that you are taking part by emailing Joe [email below]

Suggestions for projects/studies – A Year in the Life of…

  • a tree
  • a hedge
  • a pond
  • a lawn
  • birds at feeders
  • a container garden
  • a metre square of grass
  • a metre square of soil
  • life under a stone
  • a log pile
  • a minibeast tower
  • a flower border
  • an old wall
  • a bush or shrub
  • a particular plant
  • artificial habitats
  • an area of seashore, park, reedbed, garden, meadow or any other local patch of nature

Or any idea of your own!

Contact Joe on 01243 607104 or email joesavill@fsmail.net for further details or support.

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.

Eileen Savill Award 2014

April 10th, 2014 by Tom

TIME TO PRAISE YOUNG PEOPLE

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 a new 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 commemorative trophy and a prize chosen to support the winner’s activities. The presentation will take place in September, 2014.

 

Last year’s winner, Stephanie Robinson, was nominated for her volunteering with the education department at Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve. The runners up were Joshua Dobbins: recognised for his practical work for wildlife in Sidlesham, and The Spaceman Community Project:  a group improving East Beach play area.

 

MWHG will be 17 years old 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.

 

 

Nomination forms can be downloaded here: Nomination form – 2014

or are available from

Joe Savill – 01243 607104.

 

Completed forms should be returned to Joe Savill, 28 Vincent Road, Selsey, West Sussex. PO20 9DQ   joesavill@fsmail.net

 

Deadline for entries is Thursday 31st July, 2014

 

Illustrated talk – Adventures of the Outdoor World

February 12th, 2014 by Tom
Michael Blencowe is giving an illustrated talk in Selsey shortly:
Thursday, 27th February, 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church Hall, St Peter’s Crescent, Selsey
Subject: Adventures of the Outdoor World
Those who attended the Butterfly course he took on our behalf last Spring will know what an excellent speaker he is and may welcome the chance to hear him on a different subject; those who missed the course may be pleased of another opportunity to hear such an excellent speaker.  Michael was actually elected as “speaker of the year” in his home town of Lewes when he lived there and is an untiring worker and enthusiast for wildlife in general and butterflies in particular.
Admission is £1.50, there will be refreshments and a raffle and all profits will go to Sussex Wildlife Trust.  All are welcome and are guaranteed a good evening!

TCV Weekend 3-6 Oct

October 13th, 2013 by JohnH

Us hosting the event proved to be a great success, The weather stayed fine, an enjoyable time by all those involved. A big thank you to all volunteers who made this happen.

John Hiscock

SWALK BBQ

September 7th, 2013 by Bill Martin

SWALK BBQ held at The Shack on 9th August to celebrate 4 years since the first SWALK.

Beachwatch Big Weekend 2013

July 29th, 2013 by Tom
East Beach, Selsey
Saturday 21 September 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Beachwatch is a national event held annually by the Marine Conservation Society the third weekend in September.  MWHG organizes the clean-up at East Beach, Selsey, in conjunction with the Mulberry Divers, who clean below the waterline at the same time. 
All rubbish collected is recorded, weighed and the information sent to the MCS for their records and use in publicity.
It is a good family event and the reward is a super barbecue organized by the Selsey Lions. See Poster for details.
PLEASE BRING A PAIR OF STRONG GLOVES WITH YOU!

Graylingwell Park Summer Garden Party & Scouts Children’s Day – Saturday 6th July 10.00 – 16.00

June 13th, 2013 by Sarah

An event for the whole family.
We look forward to seeing you there

Click for A4 Poster

Open Farm Sunday – 9 June 2013

June 6th, 2013 by Sarah

Open Farm Sunday – links people, wildlife & the farming community.

This year’s Open Farm Sunday will be held at Caroline’s Dairy, Marsh Farm & Chalder Farm (access via Church Farm Lane, Sidlesham, Chichester).

For SAT NAV use PO20 7RE then follow the Open Farm Sunday signs.

 

Highlights include:-

  • Hosted tours of the dairy
  • Watch pregnant cows being scanned
  • Find out about the amazing wildlife we have
  • See the cows being milked (between 2pm and 4pm)
  • Pond dipping
  • See Caroline’s Dairy ice cream being made, buy to eat on the day and take home
  • BBQ
  • Afternoon tea and cake
  • Make a bug home to put in your garden with the RSB

     

     

Open Farm Sunday 2013

Click for a poster

Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to meet the farmers who grow their food and care for the countryside.

 

To find out more, please visit – http://www.farmsunday.org/ofs12b/home.eb

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Eileen Savill Award 2013

March 30th, 2013 by Tom

TIME TO PRAISE YOUNG PEOPLE

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

 The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group[MWHG], a registered charity,  is seeking nominations for the Eileen Savill Award. This is a new annual award for young people, under 25 years of age, who contribute to the conservation and celebration of the landscape, wildlife and heritage of the Manhood Peninsula, as well as for those who 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
  • 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 commemorative trophy and a prize chosen to support the winner’s activities. The presentation will take place in September, 2013.

The first award, presented last year, went to 18 year old Matthew Totham for his practical conservation work with the Chichester Ship Canal Trust.

MWHG is over 15 years old 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.

Nomination forms can be downloaded here: 2013 Nomination Form

or are available from:

Joe Savill – 01243 607104.

Completed forms should be returned to Joe Savill, 28 Vincent Road, Selsey, West Sussex. PO20 9DQ   joesavill@fsmail.net

Deadline for entries is Wednesday 31st July, 2013

Manor Green Park Site

September 17th, 2012 by Bruce

Sensory Garden ©2011 Bruce Wilkinson

Manor Green Park (SZ 859 939) is in a newer development area of Selsey behind the Selsey Centre. There is a small group of enthusiatic volunteers who look after the Sensory Garden as well as helping with maintenance of the park and the new orchard of old English apple trees. We are currently looking for more volunteers so as to be able to increase the scope of our work.

See the Diary of events for planned activities.

Water Vole DNA Study

September 16th, 2012 by Bruce

Email 29 March 2011 – From Jane Reeve, WaterVole Project Officer; Subject: DNA Study

” Dear Water Vole Patrol,

I have had an email from Rowena Baker, the PhD student carrying out work on water vole DNA, about trapping water voles along the Chichester canal in May. She and I have been working together to identify sites for her to work on in and around the peninsula and she is starting off on the canal.

She is going to be trapping water voles (she has a licence) removing a hair sample for DNA analysis, and possibly pit tagging them. She will be putting 8 traps out and checking them between 4.00 – 5.00pm in the evening and at 6.30am in the morning. She will be doing this on Monday 7th May thru until the last day of Thursday 10 May.

Many of you may be meeting her at the Amberley training session on the
14th April and we can have a chat with her about it then but it will be a chance to see water voles closeup, hurrah!

Let me know if you are interested in getting involved, which date, morning or evening and I will pass this on to her. She could really do with the help and it is lovely to raise our profile too.

Thanks everyone,

Jane watervoles@mwhg.org.uk

Brown Tail Moths Problem

May 15th, 2012 by Bruce

A public information bulletin regarding the current invasion of the Brown-tail moth caterpillar across the Manhood Peninsula.

Water Vole Surveying

April 16th, 2012 by Bruce

The Water Vole

Water Vole

Adrian Thomas ©2009

The water vole is an endangered species and we have the only native wild population in West Sussex on the Manhood Peninsular. Help us find out where they are and how many we have!

We are looking for volunteers to get involved in surveying sites on the Manhood Peninsular in 2012.

If interested, please contact Jane Reeve, the MWHG Water Vole Project officer on email: watervoles@mwhg.org.uk

 

Leaflets

April 16th, 2012 by Bruce

The publications group has produced a leaflet about the Manhood Ecological Network and also a series of leaflets covering local walks researched by our members.

Manhood Ecological Leaflet

The Manhood Ecological Network Leaflet explains about the joint project to map and record key wildlife species and their habitats across the Manhood Peninsula. It explains what an ecological network is and how ‘Wildlife corridors’ can help to create a space for wildlife species to move from area to area. The MWHG works with landowners, parish councils, local organizations as well as local residents and visitors to identify green spaces and investigate how they can be linked for the benefit of wildlife.

The leaflet can be downloaded as a pdf ecoleafletv7green

Selsey Walks

There are six leaflets in the “A Sense of Place” series and a further leaflet describing three walks to “Discover all the Blue Plaques around Selsey”.

Seaside Stroll

©2008 MWHG

Tales of Medmerry Marshes

©2007 MWHG

East Beach Amble

©2007 MWHG

The Selsey Tram Way

©2008 MWHG

Tracks, Trees and Tees

©2011 MWHG

Beyond the Sleepy Lagoon

©2011 MWHG

The Selsey Heritage Trail

©2011 MWHG

 

Walks Leaflet Outlets

Our walks leaflets can be purchased from the following places:-
Chichester District Council, Selsey Office
Hunston Post Office (Tramway Walks only)
St. Andrews Lodge, Selsey
Selsey Arts and Crafts, High Street, Selsey
Selsey Printing and Publishing
Selsey Town Council Office
Tourist Information Centre, South Street Chichester
Tourist Information Centre, Midhurst
West Sussex County Council, Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve