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Newsletter Spring Summer 2019

June 11th, 2019 by Nikki

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Management Matters

As last issue, I would like to begin by welcoming a new member to our staff team. Leanne Clements has joined us as our new Community Conservation Officer, replacing Jan Atkinson. I know that many of you have already met Leanne or communicated with her and she’s been delighted with your warm welcome. The main purpose of her post – funded by the Postcode Local Trust and the Tesco Bags of Help scheme – is to set up independent volunteer groups in other parishes of the Manhood. This has always been a central aim of the group, but apart from the ASHE group – thanks especially to Veronica Wilkes – our established groups are still Selsey based. The extensive Manhood-wide work of the FLOW Project has now created the opportunity to develop these new groups so our hopes are high.

The Management and FLOW teams have been planning events for the summer. So, amongst others, look out for more details of Love Parks Week, including activities at East Beach Pond and Manor Green Park in June, Lifeboat Day at the beginning of August and a Selsey Heritage Exhibition at the end. If you would like to help with any of these events, do get in touch.

As FLOW progresses, thoughts are now turning to succession planning. The Management Team is determined to ensure that the phenomenal efforts of Jane, Chris, Emily and all their wonderful volunteers are built upon. Ideas are being developed, so watch this space.

Other updates include the Management Team’s submission to the Chichester District Council Local Plan consultation, in which we strongly supported the establishment of the Strategic Wildlife Corridors proposed. Huge congratulations go to Sarah Hughes and her colleagues at CDC for their detailed work in developing these. Also a new Safeguarding Children Policy has been produced – thanks to Val Gatehouse – and is available in the Members Only section of the website. It applies to all volunteers so do have a read.

As I write this, I’m still digesting David Attenborough’s powerful documentary: ‘Climate Change: The Facts’ and thinking about the world my granddaughter may inherit. I for one will be increasing efforts to reduce my carbon footprint and continuing to add my voice to all the others demanding action now. As a group, we can take comfort in all the carbon capturing trees we are planting and wildlife observations we are recording – these help to build a picture of how nature is coping with a changing climate. But, climate change is the greatest threat to all the work we’ve done, and continue to do, for wildlife on our low-lying peninsula.

Finally, please keep using your blue Co-op members’ card when you shop in Selsey Co-op and others. When I last looked, more than £370 had been raised for us so far.

All the best and have a great summer.

Joe Savill

chairmt@mwhg.org.uk

Community Conservation Officer

Last year a bid to the Postcode Local Trust was successful which enabled the appointment of a Community Conservation Officer to deliver a twelve-month project. I was delighted to be selected for this exciting role. Nature and heritage conservation is a huge passion and I have been fortunate to have spent the last twenty plus years working in senior leadership positions for the RSPB in Dorset, the National Trust in Wiltshire and as Director of Amberley Museum. I run a small building business with my partner Rich from our ‘wildlife surrounded’ home in Parham, near Amberley, I am a devoted (and often exhausted!) auntie of three, I love walking the South Downs with our two dogs and can’t resist a quality G&T.


©  Leanne Clements

My role is all about working to ensure a sustainable volunteering future for the group, engaging our local community to help keep the Manhood Peninsula special. Since starting at the end of February I have been identifying the most urgently needed volunteering opportunities which will provide support and sustainability. The primary focus is on setting up Parish-led volunteer groups across the Peninsula, creating deep and lasting relationships and secondly on recruiting volunteers for roles which directly help the management team and Trustees, including volunteer coordination and communications, work party team leaders, and events and fundraising teams.

I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas and suggestions, if you know a friend or relative who would be keen to join us, you may even be interested in helping in an additional or different way yourself. If you would like to chat about new volunteering opportunities or learn more about the Community Conservation Project do get in touch at lclements@mwhg.org.uk

Leanne Clements MWHG Community Conservation Officer

Project Officer’s Update

I had an excellent start to the New Year, obtaining my hazel dormice licence, which entitles me to survey these amazing creatures for scientific or educational purposes and I received a ‘Individual Award for Exceptional Service’ from Chichester District Council. Working together we can achieve so much positive action for our precious and vital wildlife. I have had the pleasure of working with a range of groups, which include; County/District & Parish Councils; wildlife groups; Men’s sheds; local residents and developers.

Over the winter period I continued with the engagement of dog walkers at Chichester Harbour, highlighting the important role we have as dog walkers not to disturb the protected winter waders from feeding and resting, as this is just one of many pressures they are under.

I continue to work in schools, with a range of wildlife focused sessions, this is heart-warming as these little people are passionate about wildlife, their planet and the positive role they can play.

Great thanks and appreciation go to Trevor, Chris and Tom, who covered my session of hedgelaying at Tuppenny Barn and did an amazing job. Also thanks to Keith and Georgie (Chichester Harbour Conservancy) for covering the tree planting session at Apuldram Church and for their assistance (with the Friends of Chichester Harbour) at the ditch/hedgerow in Southbourne.

As always the Sussex biological recorders’ seminar in February was the yearly tonic for any negativity, as seeing so many amazing, passionate volunteers/ecologists etc. shows all is not lost so long as we work together. We were fortunate to promote the proposed Wildlife Corridors, enabling us to ask for help with gathering further vital evidence for this policy to be adopted in the Local Plan.

Sand Piper © Alun Lee

I am surveying the corridors between Chichester Coastal Plain and the South Downs National Park. This has been an amazing experience, exploring and recording wildlife with a team of volunteers.
The highlights have included water voles (obviously); bats; birds (including the Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos); insects etc. and ancient woodland/hedgerow indicators, such as Dog Mercury Mercurialis perennis; Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa and Butcher’s Broom Ruscus aculeatus. This shrub has spikey looking leaves, but they aren’t leaves, but modified stems. The flowers come out of what looks like the middle of the leaf, which is related to the lily and was used by butchers to clean the butchers block. It grows in ancient woodland in soil that hasn’t been disturbed for centuries.

This summer I will be back in Selsey promoting the Selsey Bathing Water Enhancement Project, which includes ‘Yellow Fish’ & ‘Rain Down the Drain’.

This project will clarify to the general public in and around Selsey about how an outdoor drain is different than a household drain, where it goes and why you can’t pour waste substances down them. Road and surface water drains are designed to carry only rainwater, usually to the nearest watercourse. Pouring waste liquids such as engine or cooking oil, paints, chemical wastes, detergents and even litter down these drains causes pollution to enter the watercourse, affecting water quality and harming fish and wildlife.

Under the ‘Yellow Fish’ campaign we will spray paint ‘Yellow Fish’ stencils on the drains that affect East Beach Pond and Selsey Bathing Waters; working in schools and with local groups and organisations over the summer period, finishing with a beach clean and survey at East Beach Pond in September, under the Marine Conservations Society’s Big Beach Clean.

‘Yellow Fish’ – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/avoiding-pollution-yellow-fish-scheme ‘Only Rain Down the Drain’ – http://lovemybeach.org/rain-down-the-drain/

Again, it is down to volunteers that so much positive work, benefiting wildlife can be achieved and it is such a pleasure working with them.

A big THANK YOU to all volunteers.

Sarah Hughes

Congratulations on receiving CDCs Individual Award for Exceptional Service, very well deserved! The Editor

The MWHG HLF FLOW Project

IMPROVEMENT WORK OVER THE WINTER PERIOD OCTOBER 2018 – MARCH 2019

We have had the busiest work period ever and the hard work and commitment of our volunteers has been awe-inspiring. We are making a huge difference and our work can now be seen in seven parishes.

Sidlesham Parish

One of our most visible sites is Willow Glen on the B2145 in Sidlesham and we have completely changed the look of this site by cutting back and removing willow, digging it out and deepening the base, planting a mixed native fruiting hedge along the back, seeding with wildflowers, installing coir rolls and a range of wetland plants.

We have worked on a relic pond on Ham Road called Sheepwash pond that was so overgrown that no pond was visible. Once checked on tithe maps the outline shape could be seen. The only clue there had been a pond was the willow. Volunteers worked hard to open this area up and then a digger came in and started work. A deep area was created and then the rain came so we will continue this work next season. A dead hedge was put at the front to use the material generated and to form habitat, and also to offer this site attractive to fly tippers some protection.

Last year when surveying the Sidlesham parish we came across a large ditch with a wide verge at The Elms, Ham Road, which had not been managed for 30+ years and which was dark and dried up and very shallow. After a BioBlitz to record species in the summer, we carried out clearance work and then used contractors to remove some of the willow and dig out the ditch. We then seeded with wildflowers, installed a coir roll and planted lots of wetland plant species. The adjacent road has experienced much flooding in the past but with a large grip put into the verge the water now drains into the ditch and is held there.

The FLOW team were contacted by WSCC Highways about an area of Ham Road / Easton Lane that flooded continually, and we came up with a plan to reinstate a pond that had been on the 1846 tithe map to hold some of the water off the road. We carried out the digging work and WSCC put in a new headwall to protect the culvert under the road. We have since planted it with wild fruit trees, a coir roll and wetland plant species to try and combat the high levels of nitrates and phosphates suspected to be coming off the adjacent fields.

Hunston parish

We have been working on Spire Cottage pond in Church Lane to improve its biodiversity and this year we dug it out so that it can hold water for longer. We have now planted a mixed native fruiting hedge to protect it and to make it looked loved and also created small copses by grouping trees. We have planted coir rolls and wetland plants here and are getting the local community involved in species surveying of the site.

West Wittering

We have been working on the large wetland area at Cakeham Manor Estates since the start of the project and divided up the site into three sections, working on one area each year. We finished the last of our big work this year and so in the future light management only should be required. We always had strong support from local residents at this site and all our hard work has been rewarded with water voles moving in and kingfishers flying the length of the waterway. We have cleared areas of the bank of Hemlock Water Dropwort and then seeded with wildflowers. We have also installed coir rolls and wetland plants.

We were approached by West Wittering Estates to manage a stretch of wetland that they own adjacent to that of Cakeham Manor Estates. They saw what we had created there and asked us for management help. We discovered some invasive species which we have taken steps to remove and then applied for planning permission to get some willow and sycamore pollarded. The Estate then brought in a tree surgeon who carried out the work and left all the wood onsite. We went in and created a dead hedge to use up this material and also to protect the site from dogs and people and to become linking habitat.

East Wittering and Bracklesham

We have been working on a large pond at Hilton Business Park as this has potential to hold a lot of water year-round. We had previously used many volunteer sessions opening it up and this year started digging it out in October – and then the rain came! We will have another go later this year, but it is responding well, and local residents tell us it is a hot pot for wildlife now.

The long ditch in Tile Barn Lane was identified as having potential during our ditch surveying phase and we have worked hard on it to open it up using volunteers, dig it out with contractors, plant a new mixed native hedge, seed it and put in wetland plants. We hope to see a real biodiversity increase here and already water crowsfoot has moved in without our help so hoping water voles find it suitable in a year or two.

A small but linking pond on the Bracklesham road corner had trees removed from it last year and this year we asked the landowner to dig it out. Spinney Pond still needs further digging and we hope to do this at the end of the year as it still did not retain water over the winter.

Bracklesham Barn ditch was worked on this year to open up one side of the bank and remove all the debris and rubbish that we find on this site. Volunteers removed bramble and litter and we reinforced the dead hedge along the edge to try and create some protection.

Earnley

In the Somerley area of Earnley Parish there has been persistent flooding and we have tried to create more tanking areas using relic ponds while also improving the wetland value of the areas. Sparrow Cottage has been a site where we have reinstated a relic ditch, planted a wildflower bank, put in a linking pond, cut back some shading trees over a rife and ditches, and planted wetland plants and installed coir rolls. The site has responded, and water voles are now using the rife where previously there were no signs as there was little light and no diversity of plants.

Hedgehog Hall pond is linked to Sparrow cottage and we have just started to work here, opening it up and taking back some of the trees to get more light in. towards the end of the year we hope to carry out some digging work to deepen it so it will hold water for longer.

Mill Pond house is in the same area as the two above properties and has a large pond in it that was dug out to improve tanking by the Parish Council. We had added some wetland plants so that it becomes a piece of valuable wetland for water voles and other species.

Haydons pond has been on our radar for a while and we have started to manage it. We have opened it up and reduced the height of some of the leaning willows and it maybe dug out later this year. We are mindful the rare oak aphid lives on an oak tree on an island within the pond. We hope the pond will improve in biodiversity with more light let in.

West Itchenor Parish

We continue to advise the Parish council on management of the West Itchenor village pond and have carried out monthly working parties opening up key areas, removing Hemlock Water Dropwort, planting a native species hedge, installing stakes and binders, coir rolls and a greater range of wetland plants. Water voles have now moved into the pond after being absent for nearly twenty years so we must have been doing something right!

Birdham Parish

We have three linked ponds in Birdham that we have been working on with the parish to improve their biodiversity and to increase their water holding capacity. Kingfisher pond has been transformed with willow removal, coir rolls and digging out.

Birdham Village pond has been taken on as, after years of water vole presence and some harsh management by the parish council and their subsequent disappearance, we decided that we would try and get them back. We have taken down the height of the shading trees and plan a light dig of the silt late summer. We will leave the banks as they are and encourage a better range of wetland species to colonise.

We started work on Triangle pond and copse after being approached by the landowner for help. This is a key site as it links the two other ponds but was completely overgrown with a shallow ditch, blocked culvert and heavily shaded. We had some challenges to overcome with spoil dumping by a WSCC contractor but that got sorted and the volunteers worked hard to open it up and to find the edges of the ditch banks. With selective sycamore tree removal and willow thinning this site has now had a footpath created and a large ditch and pond area dug in. The banks have been seeded and a mixed native hedge planted along the front. Coir rolls and wetland plants will finish the site for this year.

DITCH SURVEYING

As well as all this hard-physical improvement work, we have had volunteers still carrying out the allimportant ditch and hedgerow surveying that informs our work. They continue to go out in challenging weather and to collect the data that is so valuable to the project.

Donnington

We have had a single volunteer complete all the ditch surveys across this parish in just a few months and he is a total hero. Chris and I hope to turn this data into maps and a report in the near future.

Hunston

We have had a volunteer carrying out surveys of this parish estimate we are 60% through. We are also supporting this parish to identify their environmental assets and to carry out species data gathering ahead of writing their Neighbourhood Plan.

Selsey

We have had a couple of volunteers go out and collect ditch data and are hoping to finish the surveying in this parish in the next few months.

North Mundham

We have just started to make contact with this parish and to approach landowners about access to land. We will hope to recruit volunteers from this parish to help us with the surveying.

Apuldram

We have approached a key landowner in the parish and hope to start surveying here over the next month.

OTHER WORK

Mink monitoring

We have been managing and carrying out mink monitoring across the area with financial support from Barfoots, RSPB and Vitacress. Key trained volunteers have been very diligent and committed in carrying out this work as a mink has ben seen about but has remained elusive despite great efforts to catch it. We are exploring another strategy that involves a device that lets the trap contact a mobile phone if it is triggered – we’ll keep you informed of the results!

Education

Emily, the FLOW Communications and Events Officer, has been teaching in schools and focusing on the importance of ditches and wetland to people and wildlife.

WHAT’S NEXT?

We have a busy program of attending events like fetes and village fayres on the Manhood Peninsula over the summer and Emily will be heading that up. She could always do with help as it is fun with a cheery team to put out the word about what we do and why and to recruit new volunteers to help with our work.

Species surveying and habitat surveying

We will have a busy program of species and habitat surveying over the summer and need lots of help with butterfly, moth, bird, reptile, floral and small mammal surveys. We want everyone using iRecord to get our biological data into the Biodiversity Records Centre as this valuable information is needed to protect our wildlife and landscape.

Reports written by the FLOW project
The reports can be seen here for the West Wittering Management Plan, the East Wittering and Bracklesham Management Plan and the Earnley Parish Plan. The Sidlesham and Donnington Plans will be over the next couple of months and we will hold information events in those parishes.

BIG THANKS 

Thanks go to all the volunteers that have helped us with surveying, admin work, tools, physical work, refreshments, mink monitoring, carrying equipment, turning up whatever the weather, the smiles, laughter and support.

Jane Reeve

Volunteers © 2019 Jane Reeve

The First FLOW Coffee Morning

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, FLOW is a major conservation scheme to restore the drainage function of wetland on the Manhood Peninsula and provide essential habitats for wildlife. Volunteers are instrumental to the success of the project and the FLOW team would not be able to complete their mission without their hard work! With a cake-loving workforce and three years-worth of parish improvements to share, the team invited the local community to join them for their first ever coffee morning, on April 13th.

Over thirty regular FLOW volunteers and members of the wider Group, plus individuals new to the project, came along to see the results of the restoration work to date and get inspired about the positive changes being made to ditches, hedgerows and the local environment as a whole. For some contributors to FLOW, the event was their first time meeting the whole team, as these participants complete ditch condition surveys independently, outside of the regular Wednesday, Friday and Saturday group working sessions. It was encouraging for the team to see a representative from Birdham Parish Council attend, since collaboration with governing bodies has been a priority for the team to create a permanent solution to wetland management.

Attendees discussed the long term aims of the project over maps showing the results of extensive FLOW surveys. These maps highlighted locations which had inadequate vegetation, a high risk of flooding and wetland features that would benefit from considered management. From these findings, the team planned to bring their work to more parishes, as well as train and support volunteer-led groups to care for their local watercourses, with FLOW Communications and Engagement Officer, Emily, and Community Conservation Project Officer, Leanne, leading the exercise. Two grandchildren of FLOW volunteers at the event, were particularly passionate about helping the environment and were keen to learn more from MWHG members about the wildlife that could be helped through the project.

After a successful first coffee morning, the FLOW team were excited to continue hosting these social meetings and planned to move the regular event to different parishes, take attendees out to visit wetland sites and even complete some bioblitz’s during the summer months.

If you would like to know more about the FLOW project or are interested in getting involved, look out for notices of upcoming coffee mornings on www.mwhg.org.uk and on social media ‘@mwhgpage’, where you can meet and talk to the team and existing FLOW volunteers, or get in touch with the FLOW Communications and Engagement Officer at ‘hello@mwhg.org.uk’.

Nicola Timney

The Re-introduction of White-tailed Eagles

The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Forestry England have recently been granted a licence by Natural England to re-introduce white-tailed eagles Haliaeetus albicilla to the Isle of Wight. The five-year programme will begin with the release 6-8 juvenile birds this summer. It is hoped to establish a small base population in the Solent area from Poole to Pagham, with birds eventually spreading out along the South Coast. Studies in the Nederland’s have shown that the species are content to nest in populated areas.

White-tailed eagle prey on fish and water birds but will also scavenge readily. Most of the water birds taken by eagles are thought to be injured or sick, with carrion making up around 30% of their diet during the winter months. Fish form an important part of the birds’ diet during the spring and summer, when we can expect to see them fishing for abundant species like grey mullet Mugil cephalus, found within the shallow waters of our estuaries and harbours.

Disturbance caused by the eagles to wading birds is understood to be similar to that of peregrine falcons Falco peregrinus. Prey species quickly become accustomed to their presence, if they are not so already – breeding colonies of gulls and terns are very adept at mobbing and driving off the eagles.

As well as the conservation benefits, it has been shown that in areas where white-tailed eagles have been re-introduced previously, they have generated significant benefits for the local economy. The Isle of Mull for example, receives up to £5 million per year through eagle related tourism.

I will be looking out excitedly for these birds later in the year. With their impressive 2 m – 2.4 m wingspan supporting a 3.5 kg – 7.4 kg bird, they will be certain to turn a few heads!

Sources: www.roydennis.org/isleofwight

www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/white-tailed-eagle

Nick Gray

Article by Richard Williamson in the Chichester Observer 11 April 2019

Despite plastic pollution, habitat destruction and extinction of our precious wildlife species across the globe there are armies of determined people who want the planet to stay blue. They are in our backyard too.

One such group of volunteers lives south of the city of Chichester and they call themselves the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group.

They have once again worked all through the winter making the lovely Sussex Plain with all its little meadows and hedges and ponds and streams and old oak trees a more healthy environment for all of us to enjoy. They have sent me their autumn and winter report.

Mums, dads and children down on the Selsey peninsular and along the harbour walls have been carefully managing this secret world of water voles and herons, bumble bees and dormice so that the water flows and some sunlight gets through the canopy to refresh the pond sedge, the dragonfly, and the wild orchid as well.

The area is a miniature Amberley Wildbrooks, which is itself now well guarded as an international treasure that must never be destroyed as it nearly was back in the 1970s.

Londoners in their tens of thousands escaping the pressure of grinding traffic and air pollution on summer days come down here to the coast and breathe again as they trundle gratefully through the last ten miles to the Witterings and the seaside carpark.

The MWHG newsletter has on its front cover a photo of a winter scene with snow surrounding a newly cleared stream winding through the trees.

It reminded me of an Edward Seago oil painting of a Norfolk Broadland scene. Again, a reminder of an international treasure. (In case you don’t know Seago’s works, they are all in Royal and international collections now but superb reproduction plate books are available and well worth seeing to show you what I am talking about).

Apart from riparian maintenance, the MWHG monitors all species and their records are held by the Sussex Biological Records Centre and National Biodiversity Network and they have been short-listed for an award by NBN. Access the work at www.mwhg.co.uk.

Some people have questioned the work on pond and ditch clearance which can seem a violent intrusion upon the landscape as it is carried out. But without this management work, waterways silt up, dry out, and become woodland.

That is fine up to a point but in these days of limited resources there are some rare and very beautiful species that can be seriously disadvantaged and die out since fresh water habitats are far more rare than natural woodland.

Amberley Wildbrooks mentioned above would turn into woodland if not managed, with the loss of 360 species of flowering plants, and also birds with specialised requirements such as snipe and reed warblers.

So trust the team of volunteers working down on the Manhood peninsula for they are led by experts such as Jane Reeve and Sarah Hughes.

Now you know what I am going to say last of all don’t you? If this article gets just one more volunteer to join the friendly group we shall all be very pleased. You will be welcomed with open arms. Nothing could be more useful or healthy for you to get involved in.

The Eileen Savill Award 2019

Has there ever been a better time to praise young people? All around the world they are taking a stand to ensure their future and that of the planet by demanding action on climate change and biodiversity loss.

The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group [MWHG] is again 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

• Campaigning on environmental issues

• Tackling plastic pollution

• 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.

Eileen Savill lived in Selsey for almost fifty years and devoted her life to encouraging young people by teaching for twenty-three 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.

Do you know a budding Greta Thunberg or someone with a similar passion for preserving our green planet?

Submit your nominations to us online or download a nomination form here.

Joe Savill

Selsey Photo Archive Project

In 2018 Selsey Town Council received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to preserve and make accessible a significant collection of photographs from Selsey Society’s archive. The project, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, will focus on creating a dedicated website as an invaluable photographic resource for everyone. It has brought together volunteers from the community with members of the Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group, Selsey Town Council, former members of Selsey Society, and expert staff from the West Sussex Record Office who are providing full training and guidance.

The Selsey Society, which dissolved in 2015, collected a wide-ranging collection of several thousand photographs, postcards and other artefacts. The collection has images dating from the 19th century to the present day and covers significant topics unique to Selsey and rare in Sussex, such as lifeboats, coastal erosion, the fishing industry, railway carriage homes, the Selsey Tram light railway, caravan and holiday parks. The collection, according to Selsey Society’s constitution, was to pass directly to the Record Office in Chichester but this would have, potentially, made it less accessible for the people of Selsey and beyond. This project aims to resolve this issue by making it accessible to all whilst ensuring the long-term preservation of the originals in the Record Office.

After initial training by Record Office staff, volunteers have been cataloguing the collection using a detailed spreadsheet produced by the Record Office. Important details, such as description, date, location, etc, about each photo are recorded as accurately as possible. So far more than 2,500 photos have been catalogued. During this process photos are being selected for the initial 500 to be displayed on the website. The next stage will be scanning the selected photographs and preparing them for uploading onto the website. A team has recently been engaged to design and build the site and the design process is just beginning. It is hoped that the website will go live sometime in the autumn.

A Selsey heritage exhibition, in partnership with Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group, is planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend. It will focus on the history of Selsey High Street and will include images from the collection.

The project has been very fortunate to have recruited an enthusiastic and committed group of volunteers but more help would still be valuable. Anyone joining us will benefit from training, provided by Record Office staff, in cataloguing, scanning and conservation techniques, as well as the sheer joy of viewing and researching fascinating images from Selsey’s past, not to forget becoming part of a very welcoming volunteer team which has a real say in the project’s development.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering should contact Selsey Town Council on 01243 605803 or email enquries@selseytowncouncil.gov.uk or email the Project Co-ordinator at chairmt@mwhg.org.uk

Joe Savill Project Co-ordinator

Biodiversity/ iRecord

I joined the MWHG as a volunteer at the end of 2018, with FLOW and general conservation in mind. At one of the volunteer briefings, Jane talked about biodiversity and iRecord. Their website makes it easier for wildlife sightings to be collated, checked by experts and made available to support research and decision-making at local and national levels. By registering with iRecord, your sightings are shared with the recording community, and you have access to dynamic maps and graphs of your data, thereby making a contribution to science and conservation.

In January 2019, I started reporting sightings via iRecord of birds in our garden, and also in the three hedgerows that surround our housing estate near Drift Road, Selsey. Most of these sightings are for common garden birds (albeit some are on the RSPB’s red list): starlings, blackbirds, robins, sparrows etc. I report these sightings via a phone app; this is very easy to use and keep track of what’s been sighted e.g., where seen, bird type, abundance etc. The sightings are then checked by an expert at iRecords, and the outcome confirmed by email; normally “Accepted as considered correct”.

In March/April this year, I received an unexpected email saying that my tree sparrow (Passer montanus) sightings were “Awaiting review”, with the following additional comments: Hello David – this is a very scarce species in Sussex away from the two breeding areas on the Pevensey and East Guldeford Levels (East Sussex). Did you manage a photograph and have a more precise record of abundance? Local experienced birders are checking the ‘sparrows’ in Selsey as this is a very unusual species away from the two small breeding colonies in East Sussex.

The RSPB website shows UK conservation status for tree sparrows as red; the highest conservation priority, with species needing urgent action. I will be paying more attention to my sparrow sightings from now on, in particular abundance and photographs. It’s good to know that there is someone at iRecords reviewing sightings. In addition to my local area, I have seen sparrows around the recreation ground at Oval Lane/ Grafton Road, Selsey Bill.

The point of this article in the MWHG newsletter is twofold: I would endorse Jane’s advice and encourage everyone to register with iRecords. If you are already registered with iRecords, report sparrow sightings in the Manhood Peninsular!

David Wyatt

Life is a Ditch

Hi, a little about me; I’m Kim, 61 years old and this is how I found MWHG and how it has helped me through a traumatic time.

For 7½ years, along with my husband Mick, I travelled France, Spain, Scotland and all over England in our large motorhome. We did this full time as we sold the family home. During our travels we had come across lots of different sites of nature in the countryside of Europe and the UK. We are very avid walkers and love wildlife, flora, fauna and take an interest in the environment.

We sold the motorhome last June 2018 and moved permanently to West Wittering in July. We were keen to meet new friends and explore the area. It was on one of our walks that we came across a leaflet at The Wad, regarding volunteering for MWHG. After discussing it I emailed Jane Reeve who emailed back with details of the next group working at Itchenor Pond in Dec 18 / Jan 19. We went along in the afternoon and met Christopher Drake and the team of volunteers. He chatted to us about the work and introduced us to the members. This really whetted our appetite and we decided we wanted to join this wonderful worthwhile group, which we did in January 2019.

The work is very varied and can be quite hard at times, but we get a lovely “green workout” – no need for the gym! The work involves digging, planting wetland plants, clearing invasive weeds, planting trees, scattering wildflower seeds and grasses, and of course watering where we can. We work every Wednesday, 9.30am – 3.00pm and some Thursdays and Saturdays. I don’t do a Friday as I have counselling on that morning due to reasons I will explain later. We have done ditch surveys with Christopher which is so interesting and made us realise how important surveying these ditches are. We take our grandchildren out on walks when we have them and always take bags and litter pickers with us (supplied by Jane). The two young ones, Elsie aged 8, and Matilda aged 3, are so excited about this and always ask to go litter picking. They are like little sponges and are so eager to learn about nature and saving the planet. They have both made posters for Jane about littering, plastic and how it is damaging the planet.

Just recently while visiting Triangle Pond, Birdham, to see how the planting was coming along, we met a gentleman walking his dog. He stopped us to chat about the wonderful job the volunteers (along with Jane and Christopher) had done and I was proud to say I was part pf the group.

During a recent visit to Chichester Canal we were lucky enough to see three water voles and as we know they are in decline we were absolutely thrilled, and I managed to get a clear video recording of one swimming across the canal. We have recently had a wonderful day out with the group to Binsted Woods surveying dormouse and the day was perfect with very knowledgeable wonderful people.

We are always provided with tea, coffee and cakes and they get special cakes for me as I am gluten free. Everything is provided; gloves, tools etc. I would highly recommend volunteering for this wonderful group.

I have suffered from depression (counselling on Fridays) due to childhood abuse by my adoptive father as a young child and young adult. After he died in October 2017 I went to pieces and finally told my doctor who referred me to PARCS for counselling. Joining the MWHG had “saved” me so I can put everything into the work, which keeps me focused and stops me thinking of what has happened to me.

Kim

Thank you for sharing this personal experience, Kim. It is proof in action that involvement with nature can help mental as well as physical health. The Editor

Manor Green Park

It has been a busy time at Manor Green Park! After consultation with Selsey Town Council, it was decided to remove the low rail fence around the orchard and include that area into the general park. The few remaining apple trees will continue to be looked after and the empty plots filled in and grassed over.

In the rough area next to the orchard, commemorative trees were planted some years ago and these, too, have had mixed success. One which was lost was planted in memory of Bill Lelliott and it was a pleasure to obtain a replacement Rowan for his widow, Dee. Dee came along with her son Jonathan to see the new tree and help plant cowslips, another favourite of Bill’s, around it.

For some time now, the rockery in the Sensory Garden has given concern. All efforts to keep it looking attractive and weed-free have failed. When it was suggested that a Lavender Bed would look good there, the idea was seized upon; the time of year was right and there was no stopping us! A variety of small, healthy, English lavenders have been planted and will be tended carefully. We are delighted with the result.

The Sensory Garden will be part of Open Garden Day on 2nd June this year and we hope some of the lavender will be flowering by then to give a really good show.

We have also continued to improve the bed along by the Nursery and are reaping the rewards, with the planting looking much more mature and colour being maintained over much longer periods.

Selsey Town Council has asked Manor Park to be part of the Love Parks Event on Sunday, 23rd June. Many attractions are planned, and Manhood Wildlife and Heritage volunteers have once again come up trumps by offering full support. It is hoped to have a moth trap, reptile sheets, a music attraction and other activities and to attract more interest and appreciation of the lovely area from the many visitors to the park.

Sheila Wilkinson

East Beach Pond

In October 2018 contractors began installing a large foul water sewage pipe along Beach Road Selsey. A sizable storage compound housing plant and materials was set up in the East Beach car park. Signs and bollards were placed across the whole site with several finishing up in the pond. The low water level in April allowed us to extract the majority of these from the murky water. This construction work has taken far longer than the original six month estimate and the long suffering residents have lived with the daily sound and vibrations of excavators and pumps, coupled with the stench of diesel lingering across the area.

A drop of 30 centimetres in the pond water level over a two month period gave us cause for concern. The construction company said they weren’t to blame but when an engineer from CDC investigated, his conclusion was that low winter rainfall had lowered the water table but the excavation work, which required ground water being pumped out and released south of the pond, may have contributed to this. With no water entering or discharging the pond soon stagnated which seemed to encourage reed growth. At the end of April, after light rain, a trickle was noted at the inlet which seemed to confirm the engineer’s assessment.

A barren site on a slope at the north entrance has been improved using small turfs. Again we sourced our turf from the car park grass verges where it spreads onto the concrete surface. It has been four years since we cut the verges and during that period the grass had spread about 20 cm. Although the turfs consist of ragged clumps, some with soil and others just a network of roots bound together by windblown grits, they do the trick. By roughing up the soil prior to laying the turfs and adding silt from the pond margin to raise the thinnest ones, the finished effect is acceptable. The unevenness will soon find its level and as the wildflowers and perennial grasses develop, the scars will be hidden.

Brent Lodge released five juvenile swans on the pond in the early part of 2019. In February their tranquil existence was disturbed when two adult swans returned to the pond. The adults looked as though they were establishing territory, which meant the youngsters were constantly being attacked. Three of the five got the message and left but a pair chose to hold out. The adults created a platform of reeds and continued to harass the two remaining youngsters. This display of territorial dominance is natural and provides an important lesson for the youngsters but it was unfortunately misinterpreted by a few local people. Upset by the viciousness of the adult’s behaviour someone started circulating the story of the aggressive swans of East Beach Pond. Sarah and I received e.mails, as did others who were drawn into this farce and the story even reached the local newspapers. Meanwhile the two juveniles sought refuge elsewhere but when a week later the adult birds abandoned the site the youngsters returned and have become firm favourites with local people.


Dave Haldane

Heritage Trail Leaflets

Two Heritage Trail leaflets have been produced in conjunction with local businesses:
The Old Piggery Cafe have ‘sponsored’ a trail which visits the castle and chapel at Church Norton and Billys-on-the-Beach have funded another trail which explores Earnley Church, RAF Earnley and Medmerry Nature Reserve.

©  Bill Martin

Other trails are being developed with Birdham and Mundham Parish Councils. Exhibition:

The ‘Pavilion’ at Chaplins Coffee House has been booked for the August Bank Holiday (24-26th) to stage an exhibition in conjunction with the Selsey Photo Archive Group based on Selsey High Street.

Bill Martin

Land Settlement Association

Weald and Downland
Longport Farmhouse (the former reception to the museum) is now an additional exhibition space and it may be home to an LSA display in the Autumn. It would be great if you could, as you have in the past, help to promote the LSA story by stewarding the display for a morning or afternoon session. I will be meeting with museum staff to discuss the format of the display and will then be able to advise you about actual dates and times.

You will recall that the Godfrey Shirt, who lived in the LSA house which is currently in storage, had also been a founder steward at the museum and has his name on a bench outside Bayleaf House. There is now another LSA/museum connection. Keith Coles, a volunteer at the museum working with the oxen, used to live at No 41 (Rookery Road) on the Chawston LSA in Bedfordshire for 20 years from 1991. The previous owner had purchased the property at the closure of the LSA in 1983. Keith and his wife Linda knew several former LSA tenants and I am currently trying to make contact with John Chinnery (No 22), who may have previously worked on an LSA smallholding in Sidlesham!


When you next visit the Weald and Downland you will see two new buildings and will soon be able to enjoy butter made at the dairy on bread baked at the bakehouse made from the flour which is ground at the nearby mill!

Sad News

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of one of the stars of our film – Freda Booth (No 15), who died peacefully at the end of January. Like so many others of you Freda not only made a huge contribution to the LSA, but also to the recording of its history. My condolences to Rosemary, Roger and Bernard.

Museum of English Rural Life (MERL)

I visited MERL again at the end of February to research the early LSA Annual Reports. You may be interested to know that Sidlesham was at the forefront of LSA innovations! In 1937 hen batteries were installed in preference to the more orthodox outdoor system and in 1938 Sidlesham (and Dedham LSA) became central training centres with 292 men admitted before the outbreak of war – 194 went to work on other LSAs and 98 ‘relinguished’ training in the first three months. PTO

Sidlesham Heritage Trail

Beamish Museum

In April I visited Beamish Museum in County Durham. There is a 1900s pit village there, complete with pit pony stables. Beamish also host an annual ‘Yesterday belongs to You’ event for local history groups and I have contacted the organisers in the hope of developing links with some of the families who came to Sidlesham, but then ‘returned north’.


Foxash LSA

I have been contacted (via the website) by someone at Foxash LSA in Essex. Brian Howe came to the estate in 1941 at the age of six, when his father became Orchard Foreman. After the closure in 1983 Foxash Growers and Dedham Vale Nurseries were established, similar to Sidlesham Growers.

Sidlesham School

How times change! In 1939 four new classrooms had to be built to accommodate the influx of LSA families, at least one family had ten children. The school population at that time increased from 120 to 284. In 2019 a total of eleven children (of the 132 at the school) live in former LSA houses – six of them in one class which I led round part of the heritage trail earlier this week.

Tell me a story . . . . .

I have now done 42 presentations to local groups and societies (with a total audience of more than 1600 people) as well as several heritage trail walks. Four more dates are booked for 2019 so if you have friends or family who haven’t seen the archive film, or would like to know more about the LSA and the heritage trail, let me know and I can share the dates.

Only three first names left . . . . No 41 JE Freeman (1950s-60s), No 70 Husband of Joan Holley (1950s-60s) Joan was Secretary of Fletchers Hut & Boatman also No 70 in the 1970s.

Thank you for all your continued support and assistance with this project.

Bill Martin

Medmerry – The First Five Years

To take a quote from a classic 1980’s movie, “If you build it, they will come”. The same can definitely be applied to the Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme. Five years of monitoring has been completed since the breach in September 2013, covering everything from topography, mud invertebrates, saltmarsh development, fish, breeding birds, molluscs, flowering plants, reptiles, water voles…..the list goes on.

Some of the highlights include breeding waders increasing year on year, with avocets starting to nest in 2013 (one pair) and reaching 36 pairs in 2018. Overwintering wader numbers have trebled since 2014. Despite national trends showing declines in farmland birds, at Medmerry breeding numbers have quadrupled since 2009. Skylarks have trebled in number since 2014. Yellowhammers have increased from 2 pairs in 2014 to 32 pairs in 2018. Nesting Linnets have doubled since 2014, with over-wintering flocks of 1240 plus birds – a new County record.

Annual surveys have sampled over 10,000 fish, identifying 32 species. Gobies, sand smelt, bass and mullet dominated, identifying the site as an important “nursery” for sea fish. Thirteen species of marine mollusc have been identified, four of which have only localised distribution.

And what about the flooding? Well, we have had plenty of named storm events over the last five years and there has been no repeat of the flooding in 2008 which caused £5million worth of damage. Both the marine and freshwater storage areas seem to be performing well and to the specifications they were designed for.

It’s fair to say that the Medmerry scheme is delivering on many levels.

Steve Webster

MWHG COMMUNITY CONSERVATION PROJECT EVENTS CALENDAR 2019

All of the events will have a staff team member on hand, and it would be great if we could be supported by a couple of volunteers at each one. You will have the chance to chat with members of the public, share how we work to protect and preserve local wildlife and heritage, and of course have lots of fun!

If you are free to offer just an hour or two, or stay for the full event, we would be most grateful. We will bring refreshments, but ask that you bring lunch (where required) if you will be able to help for a longer event.

Please take a look at the list and if you are free to support any of the events let me know as soon as possible which ones and how long you are able to offer at lclements@mwhg.org.uk

Event/ Date/ Time/ Activity / Opportunity

  • Selsey Town Council Love Your Parks Week East Beach Pond /Sat 22 June/ 10.30am-3.30pm/ Pond dipping, nature trails, quiz Engagement, awareness raising, volunteer/member recruitment, fundraising
  • Selsey Town Council Love Your Parks Week Manor Green Park/ Sun 23 June/ 10.30am-3.30pm/ Moth trapping, nature trails, quiz Engagement, awareness raising, volunteer/member recruitment, fundraising
  • North Mundham Gala & Flower Show/ 
    Sat 13 July/ Set up from 12 noon Event 2-4 pm/ 
    General awareness, volunteer/member recruitment, activities
  • Binsted Strawberry Fair/ Sun 21 July/  2-4.30 pm/ General awareness, volunteer/member recruitment, activities
  • Sidlesham Village Fete/ Sat 27 July/ Set up from 12 noon Event 2-4pm/ General awareness, volunteer/member recruitment, activities
  • Selsey Lifeboat Station Lifeboat Day/ Sun 4 Aug 10am-5pm/ Engagement, awareness raising, recruitment, fundraising
  • Transition Chichester Brewery Field Open Day/ Sun 25 Aug/ Set up from 10am Event 12-4pm/ Awareness, engagement, recruitment

Copyright 2019 MWHG Editorial and illustration team – Pam Barnes, Carole Hampton, Gina Scott, Peter White

Useful websites

Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group http://www.mwhg.org.uk

Recording the changing seasons – http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/

Local wood recycling – http://www. aldingbournetrust.co.uk/services_recycling.htm

Local – Bags made from 100% recycled clothing – http://www.thegreendoor.co.uk/

Sussex Bat Group – http://www.sussexbatgroup.org.uk/

UK moths – http://ukmoths.org.uk/

Bug life – http://www.buglife.org.uk/

Mammal Society – http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mammal/ Green shop – http://www.greenshop.co.uk/

Environmental calendar – www.countmeincalendar.info

Swift Conservation – http://www.swift-conservation.org/

Wildcare Shop for products relating to ecology, Park management or conservation. – http://www.wildcareshop.com

MWHG Website www.mwhg.org.uk

New Membership If you are interested in becoming a member please go to www.mwhg.org.uk/get-involved/membership/

Volunteering Subscribe to our volunteering opportunities and get invoived at www.mwhg.org.uk/getinvolved/volunteering/

New content and updates are regularly required for example on wildlife, heritage, etc. All contributions welcome. email: facebook@mwhg.org.uk

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Our walks leaflets can be purchased from the following places:
Chichester District Council, Selsey Office Hunston Post Office (Tramway Walks only) Raycraft, High Street, Selsey RSPB Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve Selsey Printing and Publishing Selsey Town Council Office

Registered Charity Number 1147335 Company Number 07629112 Printed by Selsey Press on 75% recycled paper

Eileen Savill Award 2019

June 9th, 2019 by Nikki
Eileen Savill Award 2019: [Back row, L to R] Ben (volunteer for Brent Lodge), Hugh (overall winner and volunteer for RSPB), [front row] [left] Joe Savill (Chairman of MWHG), [centre] Luke (from the Academy Selsey), [right] Chris Drake (FLOW Project Field Officer), [remaining four, left to right] Tiffany, Katie, Millie and Maddie (group from the Academy Selsey)
© Nicola Timney November 2018

TIME TO PRAISE YOUNG PEOPLE
Do you know young people who truly care for their environment?

The Eileen Savill Award 2019

Has there ever been a better time to praise young people? All around the world they are taking a stand to ensure their future, and that of the planet, by demanding action on climate change and biodiversity loss.

The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group [MWHG] is again 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 in one or more of these areas:
• Practical conservation work
• Learning about the wildlife and/or heritage of the area
• Celebrating it through art, photography, writing etc
• Campaigning on environmental issues that affect the area

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
• Organising or taking part in an environmental campaign
• Tackling plastic pollution
• 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.

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.

Do you know a budding Greta Thunberg or someone with a similar passion for preserving our green planet?

Nomination forms can downloaded and submitted online [below] or be posted to Joe Savill, 28 Vincent Road, Selsey, West Sussex. PO20 9DQ

Contact details required for this competition are used solely to carry out administrative duties for the “Eileen Savill Award 2019” 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.

Deadline for entries is Wednesday 31st July 2019

Download a nomination form 

Submit your nomination online:

Eileen Savill Award 2019 Nomination

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

 

 

New Heritage Walks: Explore Norton, Earnley and Medmerry

April 2nd, 2019 by Nikki

We have new walking leaflets available which explore the history and heritage of Church Norton, Earnley and Medmerry. Pick up a leaflet from The Old Piggery Farm Shop And Tea Room, in Norton, or Billy’s On The Beach, in Bracklesham.

 

Volunteer Meet & Greet Coffee Morning

March 22nd, 2019 by Nikki

All are invited to the FLOW (Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands) project‘s casual meet and greet coffee morning, in April. This is a chance for our hard working volunteers and those interested in learning more about the project or volunteering with us, to get together outside of the usual volunteering days.

Please come along to the event if you have any questions for our FLOW team about the work we do or to hear from our FLOW volunteers, to find out what volunteering with us is really like! The team will also be sharing their recent progress and a range of upcoming volunteering opportunities, with attendees. 

The event:

St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Church Road, Sesley, PO20 0LS

10am – 1pm Saturday 13th April

Refreshments Provided

20th Anniversary Photo Exhibition at Chichester Library

March 19th, 2019 by Nikki

We are happy to announce the first exhibition of our 20th Anniversary Photo Competition winners will be shown from the 25th to the 30th of March, at Chichester Library. This particular display will show the four main winning entries, and a selection of local wildlife photography, including: overall winner/ Landscape category winner, Heather Brooks; Wildlife category winner, Mary Patterson; winner of the Heritage category, Gemma Hinton and Sophie Reeve, the Under 16’s ‘My Local Nature’ category winner.

These photos, and our full Top 20 entries from the competition, will be shown throughout the Manhood Peninsula in the coming months. #MWHG20

New Part-Time Job Opportunity: Community Conservation Officer

January 8th, 2019 by Nikki

Community Conservation Officer – Part time

See this job on environmentjob.co.uk

£24,000 per annum – pro rata for 2 days a week
Fixed term contract of 12 months
Based in our Selsey Office + home working
To start as soon as possible
Project Area – selected parishes on the Manhood Peninsula

The closing date: Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Project Outline

This project, which is funded by the Postcode Local Trust, is to encourage people from across the Manhood Peninsula to participate in wildlife conservation activities and to help them set up groups to manage local sites, which have value for wildlife. Support will be provided through training in practical conservation techniques, Health & Safety, habitat and species surveying and by providing a pool of tools and equipment.

Supporting and empowering local communities to take ownership of their environment, we believe, is a sustainable model for managing local wildlife sites.

Role Description

The Community Conservation Officer will recruit, induct and mentor local people and help establish community groups to run conservation activities, in order to care for selected wildlife sites. They will organise and lead working parties and training events, create volunteer focused training materials and promote Health and Safety. Additionally, they will create publicity and promote and publicise the work of the Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group generally.

We are looking for people who ideally have the following:

  • Experience of recruiting and supporting volunteers
  • Experience of organising and leading volunteers in practical conservation tasks
  • Experience of giving talks and presentations
  • Knowledge of the project area – ie. local knowledge
  • Good organisational skills generally
  • The ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
  • Understanding of the H&S requirements of running volunteer work days and knowledge of how to carry out risk assessments
  • A general knowledge of how to create and enhance wildlife habitats

Apply for the role of Community Conservation Officer via environmentjob.co.uk or the form below. Include a cover letter and your CV.

Job Vacancy Now Closed to Applications

Autumn/ Winter Newsletter 2018

December 20th, 2018 by Nikki

Read our new Autumn Winter Newsletter, packed with updates from our projects and stories from our members. Leader of the East Beach Pond Group, Dave, recounts this years difficulties of balancing flood prevention around the pond, whilst conserving areas with important wildflower species. Sarah Hughes gives us her big, bi-annual update for Against Litter and Green Dog Walkers, among other campaigns. This publication also includes local Heritage news, an introduction to our new Communications and Engagement Officer, photos from our 20th Anniversary event and more!

See all Newsletters.

Shortlisted for the National Biodiversity Network Award

October 23rd, 2018 by Nikki

Volunteers looking at small mammals at a BioBlitz with FLOW Team Jane Reeve (far right, foreground) and Chris Drake (far left, foreground).

Volunteers at a BioBlitz event with FLOW Team Jane Reeve (right, foreground) and Chris Drake (left, foreground).

The Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group (MWHG) has been selected in the shortlist for the National Biodiversity Network’s (NBN) Lynne Farrell Group Award, for wildlife recording!

Our charity surveys wildlife on the Manhood Peninsula regularly, as we believe that recording our environment and openly sharing this information on a local and national level, is vital to creating a successful conservation strategy.

FLOW Project Leader Jane Reeve, who hosts many surveying events, praised our volunteer’s efforts, “Thank you to everyone who inputs their biological records and adds to the body of data about this area – so important on lots of levels”. The NBN also asked Jane about the importance of wildlife recording and this interview can be read on their website here.

On November 21st there will be an awards ceremony where the MWHG will be up against three other organizations for the main prize in the Lynne Farrell Group Award category.

If you would like to help us collect as much information about the Peninsula as possible, you can download a species recording sheet or upload your wildlife photos and sightings, through our website here. This data is uploaded to iRecord, on your behalf.

Take Part in the Selsey Great British Beach Clean

September 7th, 2018 by Nikki

Pick up a free Against Litter campaign bottle at the event!

 

Get involved in the Great British Beach Clean Saturday 15th September, where we will be working with the Mulberry Divers to clear Selsey beach and the surrounding area of loose litter, from 12pm to 2pm, followed by a free BBQ to thank volunteers, generously provided by the Selsey & District Lions Club!

Community Wildlife Officer, Sarah Hughes, will lead the day as part of Chichester District Council’s Against Litter campaign. The campaign supports local volunteers who regularly clear plastic and other waste which can be harmful to wildlife, from the local area, keeping the district clean and safe for people to enjoy!

We will provide all equipment and training on the day – just wear comfortable shoes and join us at the East Beach green, adjacent to East Beach Car Park, Beach Road, Selsey, PO20 0SZ, to take part.

For more information, get in touch with Sarah at shughes@chichester.gov.uk or call 07765175494.

The Selsey Photo Archive Project

September 4th, 2018 by Nikki

Selsey Lifeboat Crew, 1930's.

Selsey Lifeboat Crew, 1930’s.

Selsey Town Council wins National Lottery support for new Selsey Photo Archive Project.

 

Selsey Town Council has received a National Lottery grant of £9,900 for an exciting heritage project to preserve and make accessible a significant collection of photographs, which document Selsey’s history. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will focus on creating a dedicated website as an invaluable photographic resource for everyone.

 

Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project will bring together volunteers from the community with members of the Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group, former members of Selsey Society, Selsey Town Council and expert staff from the West Sussex Record Office to catalogue the images, scan the best and create a website. Full training for volunteers will be provided by the Records Office staff.

 

The Selsey Society, which dissolved in 2015, collected a wide-ranging collection of 4000 photographs, postcards and other artefacts. The collection has images dating from the 19th century to the present day and covers significant topics unique to Selsey and rare in Sussex, such as lifeboats, coastal erosion, fishing industry, railway carriage homes, the Selsey Tram light railway, caravan and holiday parks. All parts of the town are covered. The collection, for its safe-keeping, is to be transferred to the West Sussex Record Office in Chichester. This project aims to ensure it is easily available for local people to use while also ensuring the long-term preservation of the originals.

 

Commenting on the award, Cllr Mike Beal, Chairman of Selsey Town Council said, “We are delighted that this worthwhile project can go forward thanks to National Lottery players, meaning that all these important visual images of Selsey’s past will be available to the town’s current and future residents for years to come.”

 

Anyone who is interested in volunteering for this fascinating and rewarding project should contact Selsey Town Council on 01243 605803 or email: enquries@selseytowncouncil.gov.uk or email the Project Co-ordinator at chairmt@mwhg.org.uk

MWHG Photo Competition: Our Winners!

August 30th, 2018 by Nikki

Our five judges convened on the 15th August to decide on the winners of our 20th Anniversary Photo Competition. We were hoping that, in holding the competition, people would go out and capture images that would help us celebrate the wonderful wildlife, landscape and heritage of the Manhood Peninsula- we were not disappointed. In the end we had a very good response to our competition, so thank you to all who entered, and the judges had some very worthy images to choose between.

The judges were asked to select a winner for each of the four categories (wildlife, landscape, heritage and an under-16 category entitled ‘my local nature’), along with an overall winner across all the categories. We are delighted to reveal the winning photos and name our Top 20 Photos list, here. We will be displaying the top 20 photos, including the winners, at local venues over the coming months. Well done to all our winners for helping to show what a beautiful and diverse place our local Peninsula can be.

 

Winner of Landscape Category and Overall Winner

“Sunset over East Head” by Heather Brooks

“Sunset over East Head” by Heather Brooks

 

As her reason for choosing this picture to submit, our winning photographer Heather comments “My 2x great grandfather, Nathaniel Moore was born in 1837 in a cottage located on Snowhill, the remains of which are still visible today. This is practically the same view he would have seen growing up with his family nearly two hundred years ago”.

The judges commented that Heather’s photo was “beautifully executed and a lovely picture”.

 

Wildlife Category Winner

“Little Egret fishing on a crisp December morning” by Mary Patterson

“Little Egret fishing on a crisp December morning” by Mary Patterson

 

Commenting on her picture, Mary says “As an amateur wildlife photographer, I usually take my best photos in my local areas. I wanted to show some colour and behaviour of the bird that would draw the viewer into the scene. Little egrets are elegant birds and ever so sharp with their eyes to spot a fish. I felt this photo showed all the elements for an engaging contest entry.”

The judges said that Mary’s photo had “good colour and exudes peace and tranquillity” and also that the image shows a “Little Egret doing what it does best”.

 

Heritage Category Winner

“Rescue Sight” by Gemma Hinton

“Rescue Sight” by Gemma Hinton

 

Heritage winner Gemma comments, “The reason I chose it is because for me it captures the temporary nature of our coastal heritage – how something like the Lifeboat Station that you grow used to seeing every day can disappear and the whole line of the coast is altered. It also captures a mix of what has formed the heritage of Selsey – the RNLI, the lobster pots symbolising the seafood trade and the old rusty machinery reminding us of the many fishing boats that leave and return to the shores, unnoticed by many, in the early hours, as regular as the sunrise. All of these things also represent man made things used to manage our relationship with the ocean and the lines in the picture remind me of how we try to impose order on an uncontrollable force of nature as the Lifeboat Station stands as a stark warning on the horizon.”

The judges thought that Gemma’s photograph “captures Selsey in a single image”.

 

Under 16 ‘My Local Nature’ Category Winner

“Black Sea Bream” by Sophie Reeve-Foster

“Black Sea Bream” by Sophie Reeve-Foster

 

Sophie reflects on her photo, “this endangered species surprised us while we were scuba diving off selsey coast”.

The judges commented that it was “nice to see an underwater shot”, so thanks to Sophie for reminding us of the important wildlife that lies just offshore, but which is an important part of the environment of our Peninsula.

 

Well done to the following entrants, who complete our Top 20 Photos list. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter to see these photos and be notified of upcoming exhibitions, where they will be on display!

 

Heritage Entries

Richard Broadhurst “Pagham Lagoon, February”
Lesley Bromley “St. Mary Sidlesham”

 

Wildlife Entries

Valerie Gatehouse “Orange Tip”
Lesley Bromley “Grey Seal”
Gemma Hinton “Lithe Lizard”
Gordon Richards “Sparowhawk”
Jessica Head “Grey Squirrel in My Garden”
Gavin Langley “Black Swan and Cygnets”
Sue Owen “Mother and Baby Ducks”

 

Landscape Entries

William Brooks “Farmland”
Jocelyn Coates “The Severals”
Richard Broadhurst “North Wall Pagham, February”
Beverley Inscoe “Selsey Bird Perch”
Meryn Woodland “Medmerry”
Jessica Head “West Wittering Beach”
Carole Bath “Another World”

 

Many thanks to our judges, Brian Henham, Ruth Mariner, Roy Newnham, Peter White and Veronica Wilkes, who volunteered their time to decide our winners and Top 20 photos, you did a great job!


Post by Rebecca

Job Opportunity: FLOW Communications and Engagement Officer

August 30th, 2018 by Nikki

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

 

£22,500 pa
pro rata for 2 days a week
Fixed Term contract to the end of December 2020

 
Based: Selsey office/home-working
Closing date: Friday 21st September
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 below for a full job description and an application form.

 

View Job Description

 
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Selsey 1918 to 2018 – Fishing and Tourism Exhibition

July 21st, 2018 by Nikki
As part of Selsey Festival, we will be exhibiting historical pieces from 100 years of our local fishing and tourism industry, at the Selsey Town Council Exhibition Hall, from July 31st to August 10th.

 

Selsey Lifeboat Pier

Selsey Lifeboat Pier

Selsey Fishing Huts

Selsey Fishing Huts

 

Open everyday (except Sunday August 5th) from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, the exhibition will show how modern technology has transformed the work of Selsey’s fisherman, alongside stories of the popular tourist attractions of the beach and surrounding area, including donkey rides, the railway carriages and Pontins holiday camp.

 

There are fun prizes to be won in our “snap and share your favourite exhibition” raffle and heritage quiz, so be sure to visit and enter!

 

Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages, to see updates from the exhibition.
 
Selsey Tourism Postcard

Selsey Tourism Postcard


The Selsey 1918 to 2018 Fishing and Tourism Exhibition has been curated by Dr Lesley Bromley

MWHG 20th Anniversary Photo Competition

July 9th, 2018 by Nikki

Kingfisher ©Brian Henham

©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.


This Competition is Now Closed

Spring/ Summer Newsletter Now Available

July 5th, 2018 by Nikki

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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Health Risk Notice: Brown-tail Moth Prevalence

June 28th, 2018 by Nikki

Brown-tail tussock moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea)

Brown-tail tussock moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea)

Be aware that caterpillars of the Brown-tail moth are active in the area. These caterpillars may pose a risk to human health.

 

The caterpillars are dark brown in colour with a white stripe down both sides of the body. They have two raised orange/red tufts to the rear of their body and are covered in hairs. In July the adult female moth, which is white with a brown hairy abdomen, lays her eggs and protects them with hairs combed from her abdomen. In the spring these visible web-like tents can be seen on the host plants. The caterpillars feed on a wide range of plants which include Bramble, Dog rose and Blackthorn.

Brown-tail tussock moth caterpillars (Euproctis chrysorrhoea)

Brown-tail tussock moth caterpillars

 

The caterpillars are considered a risk to human health when the hairs, which are spiked and barbed, are shed and come into contact with exposed parts of the body. This may result in an irritating rash or if the hairs are inhaled can cause respiratory problems. Anyone suffering an allergic reaction as a result of coming into contact with these caterpillars should seek medical advice.

 

For advice on the control of the caterpillars and nests contact your local Environmental Health Officer.


Post by Dave Haldane

Eileen Savill Award for Young People 2018

June 10th, 2018 by Nikki

Last year’s Eileen Savill Award Winners Lilah and Mia

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 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


This award is now closed.

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.

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

June 3rd, 2018 by Nikki

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.

Introduction to New Trustee Dr Lesley Bromley

May 24th, 2018 by Nikki

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!


Post by Dr Lesley Bromley

The New Volunteer Welcome Pack has Landed!

March 29th, 2018 by Nikki

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 hello@mwhg.org.uk with your comments.

Rebecca

Communications and Engagement Officer for MWHG

 


Post by Rebecca

Cold Snaps: Photos from our Winter Work Projects

December 21st, 2017 by Nikki

FLOW Project

Removing Willow from the relic pond at Hilton Business Park © Chris Drake, November 2017

As part of the Fixing and Linking our Wetlands (FLOW) Project, volunteers have been clearing invasive Willow from overgrown ponds across the Manhood Peninsula. At the relic pond in East Wittering, our working party made quick progress, with FLOW Field Officer, Chris, managing to clear seven large willow trees with a chain saw in a single session! These Willow cuttings are used to make stakes and binders for hedge laying and the team plans to return soon to create a dead hedge at the Hilton Business Park site. This natural barrier will decay over time, enriching the ground, whilst providing shelter for insects and other wildlife throughout its life.

ASHE Group

Collecting debris for the bug house at Morgan’s Pond © Jane Reeve, December 2017

On a recent tool organizing day, ASHE volunteers took the opportunity to check in on the new hedge and replenish the bug house at Morgan’s Pond, in Almodington, with natural material. The Almodington, Sidlesham, Highleigh and Earnley (ASHE) Group maintain sites within their parishes year-round to reinforce habitats. This is especially important to do now for winter-hibernating creatures, before freezing temperatures take hold.

East Beach Pond

Maintaining the island and reed beds at East Beach Pond © Dave Haldane, November 2017

East Beach pond, in Selsey, received Gold from the South & South-East in Bloom Awards this year, thanks to our East Beach Pond Group’s hard work! Restoration of the pond brings wildlife to the water and ensures the built-in flood prevention system continues to benefit local people. In November, the volunteers took the boat out to the island to reduce scrub and cut back the surrounding reed beds, preserving the pond for next year.

 

Learn more about how you can get involved and volunteer for our practical conservation projects.


Post by Nikki

Autumn/ Winter Newsletter 2017

December 15th, 2017 by Nikki

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.

If you’re not a member but would like to be notified when our newsletters are released, sign up below!

Autumn/ Winter Newsletter 2017

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.

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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_author

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_author

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_author

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_author

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_author

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