Autumn/ Winter Newsletter 2017

Click on our new newsletter for updates on our work, introductions to new FLOW Project team members, pictures of our wildlife sightings and to read the Eileen Savill Award winning poems, from Lilah and Mia.

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Autumn/ Winter Newsletter 2017

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Eileen Savill Award 2017 Results

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.

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Our Own Community Champion

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.

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Tooled-up for the Task Ahead

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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 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:


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2017 Annual General Meeting

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:


  • 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:

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South & South East in Bloom Awards 2017

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

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Brewery Field Community Open Day – Sunday 20th August

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:

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Selsey Lifeboat Launch Day – Sunday 6th August

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.

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New Job Opportunity – FLOW Communications and Engagement Officer


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.


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