Shoreham & Southwick

Natural History Summer Group

Natural History Summer Group.
To contact Jess, the coordinator, please use the bluebird box on this page to send an email.

This friendly and enthusiastic group meets at 10 a.m on the second Friday of the month at different sites, during April to September.
We go on field trips to places within Shoreham and nearby areas. We are really lucky to have so many different habitats and some lovely woodlands.
You will find this years program further down this page, below the links to reports of some of our visits.

Reports and information about some of our past activities

In July 2017 the Natural History Group visited Anchor Bottom near Beeding Hill on the downs. To see the report (with photographs) click on Anchor Bottom. The report includes a link to a drop-box, where you will find additional photographs.

In May 2017 we visited Woods Mill. To see the reports (with photographs) of our visit click on Woods Mill pond dipping and Woods Mill walk To see some of the creatures we encountered in the pond dipping click on pond dipping video through microscope

In September 2016 we visited St Nicolas Church in old Shoreham to explore the topic of lichens. To see our report on this click on Lichen at St Nicolas.

In June 2016 we visited Shoreham beach to examine the wide variety of plant and insect life on the vegetated shingle. To see our 2 part report on this click on Shoreham Beach Part 1 and Shoreham Beach Part 2.

IN May 2016 the group visited Anchor Bottom on the South Downs, where we saw a wide variety of flowers and birds. For a report click for Anchor Bottom

In January 2016 the group had a session exploring ways of identifying a wide variety of butterflies - for butterfly photos/report click here - also photo to the right.

In December 2015 another pond-life session proved most interesting and enjoyable, with members getting very enthusiastic about what they found - for photos and report click here - also photos to the right.

#U3A Natural History Summer group field visits 2019

ALL VISITS WILL START AT 10.00 A.M.

U3A Natural History Summer group field visits 2019 to 2020

ALL VISITS WILL START AT 10.00 A.M.
DATE VENUE

August 9th 2019
Rock-pooling at the fort. It will be low tide so a good day to go. We will meet at the car-park at the Fort at 10 a.m.

September 13th 2019
Lancing ponds. If the weather has been very wet, we might change to Mill Hill … but it’s terrible for dog-messes! We will meet at the little car park up the lane at 10 .a.m.

April 10th 2020
Buckingham Park … looking for signs of Spring!

May 8th 2020
Tottington woods for the bluebells, other Spring flowers, birds etc. Please bring binoculars (if you have them), cameras, guides etc. We will meet in the village hall car park at 10 a.m.

June 12th 2020
Along the boardwalk to see what we can see in the Beach nature reserve. Flowers, insects, birds, and (maybe) lizards! Meet at the Ferry Road seats.

July 10th 2020
Woods Mill … looking at insects in particular. Bring binoculars, insect and plants books.

August 14th 2020
Rock-pooling at the Rottingdean (depending on the tide … may swap with September Cuckoo corner.) Meet at the top of the stairs down to the beach. More details to follow.

September 11th
River walk from toll-bridge, mostly birds (see August 8th) Meet at 10AM at the Ricardo end of bridge and park there.

Last edited 13.9.19.

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