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Water Vole Habitat Restoration Work at Fishbourne Roman Palace

October 24 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Activity Overview

We have been given an opportunity to work with Chichester District Council’s Biodiversity Officer, Sarah Hughes, on a site at Fishbourne Roman Palace. We can offer 10 places for volunteers to come and help us improve a water vole habitat.

09.30 – 10.00 Volunteer briefing; risk assessment and safe working; overview on timings; PPE; archaeology
10.00 – 11.00 Working party
11.00 – refreshments on site
11.30 – 13.00 Working part continued
13.00 – 13.30 Clean-up and site check; tools & wellies cleaned (car park area)

  • Volunteers will be allocated disinfected tools at the start of the activity, but if you have substantial gardening tools and would prefer to use your own, please bring them along.
  • This is a muddy site so wellies or waders are required and footwear will be sprayed prior and after entering the stream to prevent any cross contamination.
  • Please bring your own gloves.
  • There is a café onsite for takeaway refreshments at breaktime and toilets are also available.

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Due to COVID-19, our team leaders will need to keep track of the numbers of attendees. Please RSVP to this event, using the contact form further down this page, to book a place. Please note that outdoor activities are subject to change, due to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances. Attendees will be notified of any changes via email.

More details about this site

The stream that runs along the eastern side of the Fishbourne Roman Palace Scheduled Monument supports a small population of water voles. In order to enhance the sustainability of this environment it is proposed that a series of small-scale non-invasive improvements are made by cutting the thistles and harsher vegetation back. This will enable the marginal planting, which was planted in February this year, to thrive.

It is intended that no soil will be moved into or out of the area of the Scheduled Monument. Removal of undergrowth will involve hand clearance and root-pulling outside the area of Schedule Monument.

As well as a site of archaeological interest adjacent to a Scheduled Monument, it is a Biodiversity Opportunity Area and is one (Fishbourne to Lavant) of a group of wildlife corridors proposed for inclusion in the Chichester District Local Plan. Water voles are a protected species.


There is a large car park on site. Fishbourne Roman Palace, Roman Way, Chichester PO19 3QR.

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October 24
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
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