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Chichester Harbour Feb 2019

Chichester Harbour Feb 2019

Chichester Harbour Events - February 2019

Special Family Event

Friday 22 February 10am 2 hrs
Bird Bonanza

An event for families to find out about the Harbour birds through fun activities set up by our bird enthusiasts, Rangers, Ecologist, Education Team and partner organisations such as the Solent’s Bird Aware.   Two chances to win! – enter our free draw for a family solar boat ticket and complete the quiz sheet by visiting every stall.  Refreshments available.
Fee:  free entry
Meet: Hayling Island lifeboat station, PO11 9RR

Walks and Talks

Fri 1 February 10am  2 hours
Harbour Creekies: Black Point

A slower-paced stroll of up to 1 ½ miles at Black Point at the entrance to Chichester Harbour with time for coffee afterwards.  Bring money for coffee at the Sailing Club.
Fee: £5 on the day or free to Friends of Chichester Harbour, bring membership number.  To join the Friends click here
Meet:  Hayling Island Sailing Club, PO11 9SL, free parking by kind permission.

Sat 2 February 8.30am 1½ hrs
Bird Watching at Black Point High Tide Roost

A short stroll to view the high tide roost at Black Point with a birding guide.  Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them.  No dogs please.
Fee: £5 on the day to include coffee.
Meet: Hayling Island Lifeboat Station, PO11 9SL, free parking by the station by kind permission

Sat 9 February 10am 1½ hrs
Bird Watching at North Common

A short stroll with the Conservancy’s ecologist Pete Hughes (and Harbour coordinator for the national bird counting scheme WeBS) at North Common taking time to look for and hear about the Harbour birds. Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them.  No dogs please.
Fee: £5 on the day
Meet: small free car park with height barrier, Northney, Hayling Island  (about 1km from the entrance to the Langstone Hotel on the Northney road).

Sat 9 February 2.30pm 2 hrs
Winter Twigs

A stroll around Chichester Marina and Salterns Copse taking time to look for and identify winter twigs and afterwards at Chichester Yacht Club for a cup of tea and to hear of the folklore associated with our native trees.  With John Arnott, natural history enthusiast.
Fee: £5, booking essential online
Meet: outside Chichester Yacht Club at Chichester Marina, PO20 7EJ, free parking by kind permission.

Sat 16 February  10am 4 hrs
Harbour Hares: Two Harbours

A faster-paced walk of 6 miles from Emsworth, past Warblington church to the old oyster beds in Langstone Harbour and back along the Chichester Harbour shoreline via a stop for a drink at The Royal Oak in Langstone.  Bring money for the pub stop.
Fee: £5 on the day or free to Friends of Chichester Harbour, bring membership number. To join the Friends click here
Meet: end of Warblington Road, Emsworth, PO10 7HW.  Roadside parking.

Image: Sparrow - Paul Adams

Friends of Chichester Harbour Special Events

Fri 8 February FOCH event 7.30pm 1½ hrs
The Anglo Saxon Naval Base in Chichester Harbour

A talk from historic naval archaeologist Dr Philip MacDougall about his work in trying to identify the site of what he believes is the original late-Saxon port in Chichester Harbour that was used by Earl Godwin and his fleet of not less than 20 warships in the years prior to the Battle of Hastings.
Fee: £10 members, booking essential via
Meet: Eames Farm, Thorney Island, PO10 8DE

Birdwatching Boat Trips

A gentle trip by solar powered boat up to 2 hours in length, to enjoy the Harbour and with the help of a bird enthusiast look out for and identify the birds found in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dress warmly and bring binoculars.
Tickets: £13

Sunday 10 February  Departs 10.30 - book here
Sunday 17 February  Departs 13.00 - book here

or phone 01243 513275


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