New: View our Sidlesham Heritage Display (Outdoors!)

Sidlesham Heritage Displays

Our members have set up a Sidlesham Heritage exhibition, to share information of the important history of the local area. The display is viewable in the glass windows of the Little Orchard Nursery and will feature new content, plus the exhibits produced last year by the Weald and Downland Living Museum’s curator, Julian Bell, for their 2020 exhibition on the Land Settlement Association.

Organiser, Dr Bill Martin, announced this week, “The Sidlesham Heritage Centre is up and running at Little Orchard Nursery (No 74) on Lockgate Road (PO20 7QQ) with the kind permission of Len & Aart Dubbeldam. The display explains the origins of the Land Settlement Association (LSA), the heritage trail, the LSA house at the Weald & Downland Living Museum, and will feature LSA stories, starting with Josh Aitchison, who came to Sidlesham as a road builder and stayed on as a LSA employee. The display also lists some of Sidlesham’s other local history features and it will be updated every 3-to-6 months.”

Sidlesham Heritage Display Posters Close-up

Learn more about the history of the Land Settlement Association, through our downloadable Sidlesham Heritage Trail booklet.


Contact the organiser, Dr Bill Martin, via the contact form below to learn more about this project. 

 

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New Project Launched to Grow Trees in West Wittering

Let me tell you about our exciting new project, the West Wittering Tree Nursery project. We are going to be growing trees from seeds!

Tree Nursery Plot in West Wittering

Tree Nursery Plot in West Wittering

West Wittering Parish Council has kindly given us permission to use a strip of land at the allotments off Ellanore Lane. Thanks also to David Thompson (Chairman of the Allotment) for picking out an area which will be perfect for our project.

We have six enthusiastic volunteers and we hope to be able to start preparing the site soon!!

Trees are so valuable to us and our planet, providing us with oxygen to breathe; removing excess carbon dioxide to combat climate change, as well as acting as flood defences.

This project will engage with everyone, from primary school children up to people like myself (I am a young 61 year old!!).

We are going to need various pieces of equipment which I hope you can all help with finding or even making.

So watch this space for updates and if you want to provide some expertise or even just a trowel, you can contact me (Alex Ainge) via the contact form, below.

 

West Wittering Tree Nursery Project Contact Form


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December’s Results: Find Wildlife From Home Survey

Another mild month gave our supporters some good bird-watching opportunities. As expected, most of the reported sightings made in December were of bird species. 

Perhaps the surprising submission of the month was a photo of a Buff-tailed bumblebee. Bumblebees remind us of the spring and summer months, when insects make the most of nectar-filled flowers, however this particular species of bumblebee is often just as active in the winter. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust recommends planting Mahonia, Viburnum x bodnantense, and winter honeysuckle in your garden, to provide a food source over the winter. 

 

Read December’s results, below:

 

Species 

No. Seen 

Blackbird, Turdus merula 

7 

Buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris 

1 

Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis 

1 

Mute Swan, Cygnus olor 

2 

Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba 

1 

Robin, Erithacus rubecula 

2 

Rook, Corvus frugilegus 

3 

Song Thrush, Turdus philomelos 

1 

Starling, Sturnus vulgaris 

162 

Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus 

3 

Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes 

1 

December’s photo submissions:

 

Keep sending in your submissions, and if you haven’t taken part already, please share your sightings with us – every record received helps us build a more accurate picture of the Manhood Peninsula*.

How can I get involved with this survey?

Sending us a record of your wildlife sightings is simple, just make a note of the date and location of the sighting, and use these notes to fill out our ‘Enter a Quick Wildlife Record’ form. You can also submit a photo through this form.

Enter a Quick Wildlife Record

Alternatively, you can upload multiple records at the same time, by filling in one of our recording sheets and submitting this through our ‘Upload Multiple Wildlife Records’ form.

Upload Multiple Wildlife Records
Wildlife Recording Sheet View Printable PDF
Wildlife Recording Sheet Download Fillable Form

*This survey is specifically receiving submissions of wildlife sightings seen on the Manhood Peninsula, below Chichester, which includes: Apuldram, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering, Bracklesham, Hunston, North Mundham, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Wittering, South Mundham, plus West Itchenor and Birdham.

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Planting a Native Tree Hedgerow in Birdham

The Project

FLOW (Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands) is a Heritage Lottery Funded Project to survey and improve the ditch network of the Manhood Peninsula, to prevent flooding and increase vital habitat for wildlife. FLOW works in the following parishes: Apuldram, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering, Bracklesham, Hunston, North Mundham, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Wittering, West Itchenor and Birdham.

Activity

We are going to be planting a species rich hedge along the boundary of this property, then we will have some festive refreshments to thank everyone for their hard work this year on the FLOW project. We will have a refreshments area set up so that people can help themselves and maintain social distancing.

This is an activity that is not too demanding physically. We are restricted on numbers due to limited parking, so be sure to book your place via the contact form, below.

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 advised.

Please bring your own gloves, and bring your own cup for refreshments. If you will stay all day, please bring a packed lunch. See our full COVID-19 volunteering policy here.

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 below, 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.

Location

Hundredsteddle Cottage, Hundredsteddle Lane, Birdham PO20 7BL 

To get to Hundredsteddle Cottage, travel south down the B2198 and, just after the double bend, turn right into Tile Barn Lane. Then immediately turn right again along a farm track where you can see the cottage a head of you. Parking is in the driveway but is limited so we need to know if you will be joining us so that we can accommodate everyone.

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Checking the New Trees at Hunston Manor

The Project

FLOW (Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands) is a Heritage Lottery Funded Project to survey and improve the ditch network of the Manhood Peninsula, to prevent flooding and increase vital habitat for wildlife. FLOW works in the following parishes: Apuldram, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering, Bracklesham, Hunston, North Mundham, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Wittering, West Itchenor and Birdham.

Activity

We are going to be checking the 800 trees which were planted at this site in the spring, and then having some festive refreshments, outdoors, to thank everyone for their hard efforts this year on the FLOW project.

This is an activity that is suitable for every ability and is not very physical. We will have a refreshments area set up so that people can help themselves and social distancing will be maintained.

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 advised.

Please bring your own gloves, and bring a cup for refreshments. See our full COVID-19 volunteering policy here.

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 below, 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.

Location

Hunston Manor, Church Lane, Hunston PO20 1AJ

Parking is at the village hall, Selsey Road, Hunston PO20 1AW, car parks at the front and back of the hall, and then a short walk across the field to the site (Hi-Vis jackets will make the route clear).

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Autumn Winter Newsletter 2020

This year’s autumn winter newsletter is now available! Included in this edition are words from MWHG’s new Chair, updates from our FLOW Project Leader and the local Community Project Officer, as well as an introduction to our new Treasurer, Jane Scotland.

As always, our brilliant members and volunteers have also shared their own messages, stories of their activities over the summer, and photos of the interesting wildlife they have spotted.

 

View our Autumn Winter Newsletter

 


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November’s Results: Find Wildlife From Home Survey

After a mild October, where bumblebees and butterflies were still a regular sight in our gardens, the signs of winter began to settle in over November. All of a sudden, it seems as though our regular wildlife visitors have disappeared. Some animals, such as hedgehogs and dormice, will hibernate until spring when food sources return. Non-hibernating species will also appear absent, hunkering down for warmth in compost heaps, and leaf/ log piles. To help insects stay warm over winter, why not make a bug hotel in your garden using layers of logs, smaller twigs, bricks, and old plant pots!

As we head into much cooler weather, you can expect birds to be the most common sightings reported.

Read November’s results, below:

 

Species 

No. Seen 

Common frogRana temporaria 

1 

DunnockPrunella modularis 

1 

Dwarf Pond SnailGalba truncatula 

10 

GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis 

1 

Grey HeronArdea cinerea 

1 

House flyPhaonia rufiventris 

1 

HoverflyEupeodes luniger 

1 

Orb Web SpiderAraneus diadematus 

1 

RobinErithacus rubecula 

2 

Wood PigeonColumba palumbus 

4 

WrenTroglodytes troglodytes 

1 

Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava 

1 

Photos we received in November:

 

Keep sending in your submissions, and if you haven’t taken part already, please share your sightings with us – every record received helps us build a more accurate picture of the Manhood Peninsula*.

How can I get involved with this survey?

Sending us a record of your wildlife sightings is simple, just make a note of the date and location of the sighting, and use these notes to fill out our ‘Enter a Quick Wildlife Record’ form. You can also submit a photo through this form.

Enter a Quick Wildlife Record

Alternatively, you can upload multiple records at the same time, by filling in one of our recording sheets and submitting this through our ‘Upload Multiple Wildlife Records’ form.

Upload Multiple Wildlife Records
Wildlife Recording Sheet View Printable PDF
Wildlife Recording Sheet Download Fillable Form

*This survey is specifically receiving submissions of wildlife sightings seen on the Manhood Peninsula, below Chichester, which includes: Apuldram, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering, Bracklesham, Hunston, North Mundham, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Wittering, South Mundham, plus West Itchenor and Birdham.

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Local Charity Achieve Runners-Up for National Award in Wildlife Recording

The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group (MWHG), a Selsey-based charity dedicated to preserving the unique character of the Manhood Peninsula, triumphed within the Group category of the National Biodiversity Network’s (NBN) Awards for Wildlife Recording 2020. They secured the runners-up position behind the winner: The Mammal Society. These national Awards were announced during an online conference on Wednesday 18th November. They recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions adults and young people are making to wildlife recording, which is helping to improve our understanding of the UK’s biodiversity.

The MWHG’s project ‘Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands’ (FLOW) works with landowners and local communities to reduce flooding, improve unmanaged ditches and ponds in poor condition, connect wildlife habitats, and record wildlife.

The Group’s commitment to recording intensified in 2013 due to a lack of records on the Peninsula. Since then, the Group has submitted a large amount of data, particularly on rare, legally-protected species like water voles. All waterways and ditches on the Peninsula are now considered to be water vole habitat and therefore a developer must prove that they are not present which is a significant policy change.

Staff and volunteers from the Group have continued to survey wildlife throughout 2020 from their own gardens, on local walks, or at project sites such as the Relic Canal in North Mundham, Florence Pond in Sidlesham, Birdham Village Pond and many more. These wildlife records build an up-to-date database of information that can be shared with local organisations and government bodies, as well as guide future conservation work.

Dr Jill Sutcliffe from the Group said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for our recording effort and would like to thank all our volunteers for their hard work and dedication.”

 

Learn more about how to volunteer with MWHG, here.

 

View details of how to take part in our Find Wildlife From Home survey, here.


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Restoring Spire Cottage Pond in Hunston

The Project

FLOW (Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands) is a Heritage Lottery Funded Project to survey and improve the ditch network of the Manhood Peninsula, to prevent flooding and increase vital habitat for wildlife. FLOW works in the following parishes: Apuldram, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering, Bracklesham, Hunston, North Mundham, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Wittering, West Itchenor and Birdham.

Activity

We are going to be working at this hidden village pond trimming overgrown plants and generally tidying up the site for the winter.

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 advised.

Please bring your own gloves. We will bring cake and hot water, but please bring your own cup, and if you will stay all day please bring a packed lunch. See our full COVID-19 volunteering policy here.

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 below, 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.

Location

Spire Cottage Pond, Church Lane, Hunston PO20 1AJ

Please park at Hunston village hall and take the short walk across the field to the pond, which is opposite Spire Cottage B&B, Church Ln, Hunston, Chichester PO20 1AJ.

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Restoring West Itchenor Village Pond

The Project

FLOW (Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands) is a Heritage Lottery Funded Project to survey and improve the ditch network of the Manhood Peninsula, to prevent flooding and increase vital habitat for wildlife. FLOW works in the following parishes: Apuldram, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering, Bracklesham, Hunston, North Mundham, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Wittering, West Itchenor and Birdham.

Activity

We are going to be planting trees and laying a hedge, at this lovely village pond.

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 advised.

Please bring your own gloves. We will bring cake and hot water, but please bring your own cup, and if you will stay all day please bring a packed lunch. See our full COVID-19 volunteering policy here.

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 below, 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.

Location

West Itchenor Pond, Itchenor Road, West Itchenor PO20 7DA

Parking is just past the pond on the Itchenor Road, on the left, down a gravel track and into the first driveway (PO20 7DL). Alternatively there is a small layby near the church and opposite the church off the Itchenor Road (same postcode).

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