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FREE Wonder Weeds River Walk - Midhurst

Himalayan Balsam – an edible invasive non native plant. Image here
Friday, 27 May, 2016 to Sunday, 29 May, 2016

Join us for a walk along the river Rother in the company of leading plant expert Robin Harford. Learn to identify, cook, prepare and preserve wild edible plants, as well as be immersed in their mystery, history and folklore.

"During our time together I will take you on a plant journey like no other. I live and breathe wild plants, and will teach you what books simply cannot."

Please book early to avoid disappointment!

Friday 27 May 2pm – 5pm


Sunday May 29 10am – 1pm

Saturdays walk is FULLY BOOKED

The walk will start and end in Midhurst. Full details will be provided on booking.


Click HERE to download flyer.

FREE Kayaking Taster Day for Young People (8 - 14 yrs old) - FULLY BOOKED

Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 10:00 to 11:30

Southwater Country Park, Horsham.

Looking for a fun outdoor activity this May Bank Holiday? Why not give kayaking a go!

The session is led by fully qualified coaches from the Southwater Watersports Centre. All equipment is provided by the club.

The course is aimed at beginners.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL as limited places! Please get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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Himalayan Balsam bashing - Monkmead Wood

Balsam Pullers - John Dominick
Thursday, 2 June, 2016 to Saturday, 30 July, 2016

Monkmead Wood - West Chiltington

10am - 4pm


Help us remove these alien invaders! Come for a day or a couple of hours - the choice is yours.

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant which erodes our rivers banks and smothers native plant-life. Join us to pull this plant and preserve this Site of Special Scientific Interest. All you need to bring is some enthusiasm, old clothes and sturdy footwear - we'll provide the fun working environment!

Meet at Monkmead Wood reserve car park off Monkmead Lane. All equipment and training is provided.

Our work party dates are:


  • Thursday 2nd 
  • Thursday 9th
  • Wednesday 15th
  • Saturday 25th
  • Wednesday 29th


  • Monday 11th
  • Tuesday 12th
  • Wednesday 20th 
  • Saturday 30th


Come along and get some fresh air and enjoy some exercise. We also bring cake - what's not to like!

For more information download the flier HERE. Contact Kate to book on any work parties on 01273 763377 or

FREE water vole discovery workshop

Water vole - Ben Andrew
Wednesday, 8 June, 2016

WHERE: Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

WHEN: 10am - 3.30pm.


Delve into the fascinating world of the water vole...

Sussex is a stronghold for these furry creatures and we want to know more about where they live and how far they have spread. You can help!

Join the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the University of Brighton for a free workshop to get an insight into water vole lifestyles and how to discover them on your patch.

Booking is essential.

Download the flyer HERE.

For more information and to book contact Kate on 01273 763377 or

Free survey training available on pond plants and pond beasties!

Pond workshop - Pulborough Brooks
Saturday, 11 June, 2016 to Monday, 8 August, 2016

Would you like to know more about the fascinating world of pond life? Are you interested in looking after a local pond? 

Working with the Freshwater Habitats Trust we are offering free workshops by savvy ecologists on pond monitoring and recording.

We have the following dates booked for free training and identification days to be held at Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve :-

  • 11th June  - Dragonflies and invertebrates as an indicator of pond water quality.
  • 7th August - Pond and wetland plants.

Workshops run 10am - 3pm.

Booking is essential.

Download the flyer HERE.

Please contact or 01273 763377 to register your interest and to find out more information on our workshops.

Evening work parties

Image - John Dominick
Tuesday, 21 June, 2016 to Monday, 11 July, 2016

Fancy getting out and about in the summer evenings - we do!

Join the ARC team for some therapeutic Himalayan Balsam pulling in June and July. We have the following work parties booked from 5pm - 8pm:

  • Tuesday 21st June - Chesworth Farm, Horsham
  • Monday 27th June - Warnham Nature Reserve, Horsham
  • Monday 11th July - Monkmead Wood, West Chiltington

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive species and grows so densely and quickly it stops native plant-life from growing. It also contributes to soil erosion and makes river banks unstable. Even though it grows tall, it is easy to pull and we gather it into large piles to enable it to rot down easily.

If you'd like to do something different, get in touch and have a go - we'd love to see you there.

For more details and to get involved contact Kate on 01273 763377 or email


Summer Butterflies of the Arun & Rother (FREE ID workshop & walk)

Saturday, 25 June, 2016 - 10:00 to 15:00

The day starts at 10:00 with an indoor session on butterfly identification. After lunch we'll walk around Warnham Nature Reserve looking for butterflies. Suitable for children.

Tea / coffee provided. Please bring lunch.

The walk will be 3km long and will be on the flat.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS PLACES ARE LIMITED. For full details, and to book, contact Michael.

Michael Blencowe - 07884 484698 -


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Silver-studded Blues at Iping and Stedham Commons

Saturday, 25 June, 2016 - 10:30 to 12:30

Meet at the Car park at SU85222200. Directions: 2.7 miles west from Midhurst on A272, turn left (south) on to Elsted Road. Car park is 250m on the right. Additional info about commons can be found here:

Target species include Silver-studded Blue and Common Heath moth.

There walk will be 4km long, the terrain is mostly flat and easy going. Open to all. Bring a picnic lunch.

Colin Knight - 07704 830104 -

River clean-ups

River clean up
Monday, 27 June, 2016 to Monday, 18 July, 2016

Locations in Horsham

10am - 4pm


Fancy getting your wellies on?

ARC and Horsham District Council have teamed up to help clean up the Arun.

Our aim is to clean the river of rubbish, pull invasive plant species and cut back encroaching vegetation. If you love the river and want to help for a few hours, then get in touch!

  • Monday 27th June - Hills Farm Lane. We will be litter picking and pulling Himalayan Balsam - a non-native plant that contributes to river bank erosion. Download the flier HERE.
  • Monday 4th July - Ben's Acre. We will be litter picking and clearing the area of the delightfully named non-native Skunk Cabbage. Download the flier HERE.
  • Monday 18th July - St Mary's. We will be litter picking and clearing the river bank of any rubbish as well as removing Himalayan Balsam. Download the flier HERE.


We'll provide all the equipment and training on the day and cake as a bonus for all the hard work. Himalayan Balsam is easy to pull as it is shallow rooted and Skunk Cabbage needs to be dug out with forks and spades. There will be bending and lifting involved for these tasks but everyone can work at their own pace.

For more information and to book contact Kate on 01273 763377 or

Himalayan Balsam pulling - Wickford Bridge

Balsam Pullers - John Dominick
Sunday, 3 July, 2016 to Tuesday, 9 August, 2016

Wickford Bridge – Pulborough Brooks

10am - 3pm


Help us remove these alien invaders! Himalayan Balsam has taken over part of the reserve at Wickford Bridge. This site needs to be tackled by hand due to the sensitivity of the area. We need to remove the balsam to improve the area for birds and wildlife. Come and join us to pull these plants with some like-minded people – we want to have a bit of fun too.

Meet at the Visitor Centre at RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve. All equipment and training is provided.

Our work party dates are:


  • Sunday 3rd.
  • Tuesday 5th.
  • Sunday 10th.
  • Tuesday 19th.


  • Tuesday 2nd.
  • Tuesday 9th.


Come and get some fresh air and enjoy some exercise. We also bring cake - what's not to like!

For more information download the flier HERE. Contact Kate to book on any work parties on 01273 763377 or

FREE walk - Summer Butterflies and Moths of Graffham Down

Sunday, 10 July, 2016 - 10:00 to 13:00

Meet outside St Giles Church (GU28 0NJ) at the south end of Graffham village (near Petworth) at the foot of the South Downs. (SU928167) Suitable for children.

Target species include Purple Emperor, Dark Green Fritillary, White Admiral and many species of moth.

Bring a picnic lunch and stay on Graffham Down for a wildflower walk with Bruce Middleton in the afternoon.

The walk will be 5km long, steep on the way up and down, but flat walking on the top.

Michael Blencowe - 07884 484698 -


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