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'Sea for Yourself'

'Sea for Yourself'

'Sea for Yourself' is a new marketing campaign launched by Defra in March 2020 and supported by Seafish that aims to get more of the British public eating fish. One of the key messages of the campaign is that you can get all the benefits of eating lovely fresh fish by cooking it yourself while trying out interesting and exciting recipes.

The Sea's the day project has recipe cards willingly provided by local eateries and suppliers to get you started. You can find the recipe cards in the link in the box at the bottom of this page.

Follow this link to find out more about what Seafish has to say about the 'Sea for Yourself' campaign.

Follow these links to meet some local suppliers:

Selsey Willows Seafood

Potters Fish

Fresh From the Boat

Julie's Hut

 

Chichester Harbour April

Chichester Harbour April

The Government has instructed us to practice social distancing to help manage the spread of coronavirus. Time on our own is something we don't always get - why not take the opportunity to stop and appreciate the coming of spring in your own garden.

Whether you live near Chichester Harbour or further away here are five things you could stop to notice and do this month

  1. Exercise: walking is the most natural form of exercise

Get the most out of your exercise.

Please only walk from your home, do not travel.  We are advised to only go out for exercise once a day so make it count.  Try intervals of fast and slow walking or mix your walking with some jogging building it up over time.

If you have some walking poles you can use them to bring your arms into practice - keep them at a 45 degree angle pointing behind you and try not to plant the ends of the poles forward of your feet. At the end of your walk ‘salute the sun’!  Raise your arms up above your head, take a deep breath and then, while breathing back out, bring your arms back down in a wide arc either side of your body.  It’ll bring a smile to your face.

  1. April is THE month for birdsong   

Our nesters are back now and the males are finding and keeping territory and working to attract a mate. Just stop and listen to the birdsong and notice where it is coming from.  Soon you will be aware of all those singing birds all around you that you can’t see.  If you are starting out on this, look up online e.g. at RSPB, the songs of the robin (slightly melancholic), blackbird (short and melodic song, no more than 5 seconds), great tit (squeaky bicycle pump), greenfinch (Star Wars sabre), chaffinch, (cricketer’s run and bowl).

  1. Some wildflowers and trees are flowering now

Notice the different colours and count the number of petals to each type of flower. Set up a new photo album on your phone for wildflower pictures. You can use Google reverse images or one of the may wildflower ID sites online to help identify them.

  1. Plant something

If you have a garden then sprinkle some wildflowers and veggie seed now or plant in a pot. Don’t worry if they get some damage by nibbling – it shows your garden is rich for nature!

Make sure you have a hole in your fence or wall near ground level so that hedgehogs can pass through.  Make a pledge to garden for wildlife, especially if you live in the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Everyone who buys a home in the AONB should pledge to garden for wildlife right at the start when they sign on the dotted line!

 If you are looking after youngsters why not generate a treasure hunt around your garden.

Rather than make a list of specific things let the children use their imagination by making a list such as finding something smooth, something green, something light, something a bird might like, something special.

Have fun and notice how being outdoors can really lift your spirits.  If you do find yourself brooding on things that are worrying you as you walk along, just stop, look up to the sky and straight away you will notice that this small movement will stop and break your train of thought. Give it a try!

 

 

 

Selsey Photo Archive Project

Selsey Photo Archive Project

The Selsey Photo Archive Project is a community driven project put together by the Manhood Wildlife & Heritage Group. The project was created using funding provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and supported by Selsey Town Council.

It's aim is to make images of the town’s past available to a wide audience and encourage people to celebrate and engage with Selsey’s unique history.

Follow this link to see the images and stories in the Selsey Photo Archive

Benefits of Coastal Paths

Benefits of Coastal Paths

Defra have published new figures showcasing the health and economic benefits of walking on England’s coastal paths. Their press release states that nearly 30 million walks demonstrates huge popularity of England's coastal paths.

Follow this link to read the Defra press release about the benefits of England's Coastal Paths

National Bus Strategy

National Bus Strategy

The Campaign for Better Transport has produced a report showing that once again funding for buses has decreased, with 243 services around the country having been lost or reduced in the past year. But next year could be different: with the Government promising a National Bus Strategy and new multi-year funding settlement, there’s a chance to set buses on the road to a brighter future.

Follow this link to find out more about the National Bus Strategy and new funding for bus services

RSPB Medmerry

RSPB Medmerry
Medmerry is one the RSPB's ‘wild and wonderful’ reserves offering long walks and cycle rides through an amazing landscape of panoramic views and glorious sunsets. The result of one of Europe's largest managed realignment schemes, Medmerry is just a stone's throw from neighbouring Pagham Harbour and linked by public footpaths. This five-minute video tells the story of its creation.
Pay Medmerry a visit in winter and you stand a good chance of seeing birds of prey, wildfowl and waders, and large flocks of linnets and finches. Find out more about Medmerry, including how to get here by following this Medmerry link.

Fish is the Dish

Fish is the Dish
The Fish is the Dish initiative by Seafish was designed as a hard-working digital campaign to show consumers why they should eat more seafood, more often. The platform (www.fishisthedish.co.uk) offers a wide variety of seafood recipes, created using the insight and expertise of renowned chefs and nutritional experts who promote how quick, easy, tasty and healthy seafood is. There is also a host of information on different species, seafood articles and ‘How To’ guides to assist with buying, storing , preparing and cooking seafood.

There are a number of local species caught near the shores of the Manhood Peninsula as shown in the Sea's the day recipe cards. Help support your local Selsey fishery and get more of that beneficial omega 3 into your diet by heading for the Selsey fishing beach and the local pubs and restaurants who serve freshly caught local produce.

Follow this link for the Sea's the Day recipe cards

Follow this link to find out more about the organisation Seafish

 

Chichester Harbour October Events

Chichester Harbour October Events
Photo copyright Chichester Harbour Conservancy
Chichester Harbour Events - October 2019

To reduce our use of the planet's precious resources the printing of our Walks, Events and Activities leaflet has been discontinued.

If you are reading this you probably already access our events  using the links in this email or via our website Events calendar, on www.conservancy.co.uk, as it is so easy to do.

There will soon also be downloadable monthly lists available on our What's On page.

Please note: please check details on 'pay on the day' events as these can be subject to change.

Special Event – our annual Chichester Harbour Trail
Fri 4 to Sun 6 October three days 9am to 5pm
A unique, guided, 38 mile linear walk of the beautiful Chichester Harbour shoreline over three days.  We will begin in West Wittering, walk, around East Head and make our way along the shoreline to finish in Fishbourne.  Day 2 will be from Fishbourne to Nutbourne via the peninsulas of Bosham and Chidham.  Day 3 from Nutbourne to Thorney Island via Prinsted and Emsworth, finishing in Northney on Hayling Island.  Our meet points will be near car parks but we will be using the public bus services in between.
Detailed arrangements are sent out to walkers a week beforehand.
Fee: £60 for all 3 days (sorry, no option for booking single days). Booking essential here
Walks with Talks

 

Wed 9 October 10am
2 hours
Archaeology Walk of Chichester Harbour at Fishbourne
An opportunity to meet with James Kenny, Archaeology Officer for Chichester District Council, and join him on a field walk of up to 2 miles hearing about the sites of Roman interest at the top of Fishbourne creek.  No dogs please.
Fee: £5 booking essential here
Meet: car park to Fishbourne Roman Palace, PO19 3QR, free parking by kind permission.

Sat 12 October 10am 2hrs
Autumn Hedgerow Fruits and Seeds
Features:  a stroll of 1½ miles taking time to look for and identify the fruits and seeds of our local hedgerows and woodland and to hear about their folklore and uses.  With expert enthusiast John Arnott. No dogs please.
Fee: £5 booking essential here
Meet:  private car park next to Cobnor House, Cobnor Farm, Chidham, PO18 8TE.  Access and free parking by kind permission of Cobnor Estates.

Talks

Sat 12 October 4pm
1½ hrs
Mud, Rocks and Fossils – The Geology of Chichester Harbour
A talk by geology expert David Bone on what lies beneath the landscape of the Chichester Harbour area.
Fee: £5. Booking essential here
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, on the quay, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking.

Wed 16 October 7pm 1 ½ hrs 
Inshore Fisheries and Chichester Harbour
We are delighted to welcome Alberto Kavadellas, Senior Fisheries and Conservation Officer from Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), the regulating authority concerned with fishing activity in Chichester Harbour.  Alberto will talk about the work of IFCA, the area the Sussex IFCA covers, his role and the regulations he works with.  Please respect that this is a general talk suitable for everyone and not an opportunity to discuss individual cases.
Fee: £5. Booking essential here
Meet:  Harbour Education Centre, on the quay, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking.

Sat 26 October 2.30pm 2 hrs
Wildflower Meadow Trial – the First Season
Come and find out how our wildflower meadow project has fared in its first season.  Back in May we set up a wildflower meadow trial area kindly loaned to us for the project by the Cobnor Estate.  First of all we will give a presentation on what we aimed to do, what we observed during the summer and what we will be planning to do for the next year.  We will follow this up by visiting the site.
Fee: £5 booking essential here
Meet: Cobnor Activities Centre, Cobnor Point, Chidham, PO18 8TE. Free parking.

Monthly Walks

Fri 11 October 10am 2½hrs
Harbour Creekies: The Trundle

A 1 mile gentle but hilly walk up our local hill, The Trundle stopping at the top to look over the coastal plain that includes Chichester Harbour.  Complimentary refreshments afterwards.
Fee: £5 on the day or free for Friends of Chichester Harbour, bring membership number. To join the Friends click here.
Meet: free car park to the west of The Trundle (not the one in the triangle by Charlton Down), GR SU872.110.

Sun 20 October 9.15am for 9.30am departure
Harbour Hares: Harbour Views from the Downs
A faster paced 9 mile walk from West Stoke to Walderton, Stoughton and Kingley Vale taking time to stop and view Chichester Harbour from the best vantage points.  Bring money for a drink in Stoughton at the Hare and Hounds and a picnic for a lunch break at the top of Kingley Vale.
Fee: £5 on the day or free to Friends of Chichester Harbour, bring membership number. To join the Friends click here.
Meet: free car park at West Stoke near Chichester, Grid Ref SU824.088

Image Paul Adams

 

 

Special Family Events

Mon 28 October 10.30 am 1½ hrs
Hedge Planting for Families

Come and help improve the natural landscape in Chichester Harbour by helping to plant some ‘baby’ hedgerow shrubs on one of the Harbour’s farms.  Dress for the weather and bring gloves that can get wet and muddy.   Bring elevenses.
Fee: £3 booking essential here.
Meet:  Tournerbury Farm,
Tournerbury Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 9DL, we will be on hand to direct you to where to park. 

Tue 29 October 2pm 2hrs
Dairy Farm Experience 

Meet the farmers and explore their dairy farm located within Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, watch the cows at milking time and take a tractor trailer ride.  Afterwards, enjoy an ice cream made on the farm from the herd’s milk. No dogs please.
Fee: £5 (age 2 yrs and over) to include trailer ride and ice cream. Booking essential here.
Meet: Northney Farm, Northney Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0RX.  Free parking by kind permission, look out for the signs on where to park.

 

 

Art/Craft
Sat 19 October 10am 4hrs
Appliqué Bird or Boat

Create a picture in textiles of a Harbour Bird or Boat under the guidance of textile artist Karen Berry.  All materials supplied. Minimum age 15 years.
Fee: £25 to include materials and refreshments. Booking essential here.
Meet: Harbour Education Centre, on the quay, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking.
Solar Heritage Boat Trips
Harbour Discovery trips on our silent solar powered vessel continue until 20 October. 

Our bird watching season starts with the first trip on Wednesday 23 October.

Or take the three hour Wildlife Explorer trip on 6 October.

What better way to see the fabulous species of wildlife that call Chichester Harbour home?!

Find a trip to suit you here.

Image: Great crested grebes - Shirley Rushmer

 

 

RSPB Medmerry

RSPB Medmerry
Medmerry is one of the RSPB's ‘wild and wonderful’ reserves offering long walks and cycle rides through an amazing landscape of panoramic views and glorious sunsets. The result of one of Europe's largest managed realignment schemes, Medmerry is just a stone's throw from neighbouring Pagham Harbour and linked by public footpaths.
Follow this link to find out more about RSPB Medmerry
Follow this link for a Medmerry Trail Guide to download

Love British Food

Love British Food

The Sea's the Day project has signed up as a member of Love British Food until the end of 2019. The company is the national organiser of British Food Fortnight (21 Sept  - 6 Oct 2019), and aims to get us all to eat more local produce. For Sea's the Day this means eating more locally caught crab and lobster, and supporting our local fishing industries.

Love British Food now has a little bit of information about Sea's the Day on its own website, and has also listed all the restaurants who kindly gave the project recipes to use on our lovely recipe cards.

Follow this link to read all about it and see who has helped support the project: Love British Food