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River clean-ups

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

Various locations in Horsham, 10am - 4pm

Fancy getting your wellies on? ARC and Horsham District Council have teamed up to help restore the Arun to its former glory. The aim is to clean the river of rubbish, remove 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 - Shandy's Close. We will be litter picking and pulling Himalayan Balsam - a non-native plant that contributes to river bank erosion. Download the flyer 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 flyer 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 flyer 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. Come for a couple of hours or the whole day. 

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

Meadow workshop and lunch

Wednesday, 6 July, 2016

At this half day workshop, you will hear from experts and from the landowner himself about the benefits of restoring/ creating this rare habitat. You will have the opportunity to visit the meadow, find out how it was created, learn about aftercare / management, hear about available funding to carry out similar habitat improvements as well as network with other landowners / managers during an informal lunch. This event and lunch is free although booking is essential.

For full details (including details on how to book) download the flyer HERE

Summer Butterflies and Moths of Graffham Down: FREE walk

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 -

For more walks see

Junior Angling Tuition / Taster Day

Juniors fishing at last years event
Saturday, 23 July, 2016

Petworth & Bognor Angling Club will be running a free angling tuition / taster session for young people between the ages of 8 and 12.

The event takes place at Walberton which is approximately 8 miles from Chichester and 7 miles from Bognor Regis.

Places are limited to 10 and will be allocated on a first come basis.

Full tuition will be provided by a qualified angling coach and all equipment will be provided for the day. The event provides an excellent opportunity for young people to learn a little about fishing as a sport or hobby

The event will run from 10.00am until 2.30pm and a small lunch and drinks will be provided.


Free pond survey training - plants and pond beasties!

Pond workshop - Pulborough Brooks
Sunday, 7 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 date booked for free training and identification days to be held at Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve :-

  • 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.