We are organising two guided walks in December and January – details are as follows: (Do bring binoculars and wear suitable clothing for the time of year)
1. Winter Weeds and Waders – Thursday 11 December – meet at bottom of Sea Lane, Ferring at 10am for a walk along the beach to see the various coastal birds and identify the seaweeds washed up. Stop off halfway at Sea Lane cafe at Goring for a drink/ refreshments before returning the same way to Ferring.
2. Raptors and Downland Birds at Burpham (nr Arundel) – Tuesday 13 January – meet at 10am at Peppering High Barn, Peppering Lane (just north of Burpham village). This is an excellent location to see various birds of prey and other birds, including red kite, buzzards, peregrine falcons etc. Limited car parking, so car share if possible.
As part of our commitment to help improve the Ferring Village Green, we are joining up with Arun District Council for a bulb planting session there at 2pm on Tuesday 21st October.
It would be good to see a decent turnout of local people, and the fruits of our labours will be seen next Spring and hopefully every year after that when the flowers bloom. Meet on the Green and please come armed with trowels and/or bulb planters.
We are shortly to commence the restoration of this much loved pond in Ferring, which is now owned by Ferring Parish Council. Much work needs to be done in partnership with the Council over the coming months, but this will start with a work day on Saturday October 11th commencing at 10am.
The work on this day will be cutting back some of the undergrowth and brambles around the perimeter to allow better access to make a proper assessment of the site. Please come along to help us on the day for this important work. It will help to start the process of getting the pond back to being a valuable wildlife habitat.
Please wear old clothes and gloves and bring secateurs/ loppers. The pond is situated in South Ferring at the junction of the Warren and Florida Road. We hope to see you there.
Please help us to carry out the last formal clean up of the year of Ferring Beach on Saturday September 20th – meeting at the east end of the Bluebird Cafe car park at 11am. This is part of the nationwide Great British Beach Clean co-ordinated by the Marine Conservation Society, and it will be our bit to rid the beach and surrounds of unwanted litter. Long handled pickers and bags will be provided. We hope to see you there!
See the report of last week’s Bug Hunt along the Rife on the Nature Notes page
Our annual Summer Social event takes place at Ferring Village Hall on Saturday 23rd August starting at 6.30pm. We have only a handful of tickets left for this enjoyable event priced at £10 per person. This includes a hot buffet style meal and a free first drink – further drinks will be available. There will be a selection of quizzes to keep you entertained and your mind exercised, plus lots of good company and conversation. There will also be a raffle, with some quality prizes.
If you would like to attend, please e mail our secretary Carol Dyball – firstname.lastname@example.org or ring her on 01903 249337 to reserve your ticket. Be quick as they have nearly all gone.