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Highways team’s grass cutting season starts

West Sussex Highways will fire up the lawnmowers on Monday and cut the grass for the first time this year.

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Bosham

RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country walk: Smugglers’ Lane, Bosham

I left my Alvis car in Bosham pay car-park, (SU055040) not wanting the old girl to drown on the road when the tide came up.

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Geese

RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Majestic patterns against the sky

Let’s have a last look at the Brent geese before they set off once more on their travels to the Baltic and on into the Russian arctic.

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country walk: Heyshott Downs

This is a strenuous walk of 5.5 miles (9kms) up and over the South Downs at Heyshott.

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Small Heath. Photo: John Murray, Butterfly Conservation

Butterflies declining more rapidly in urban areas

Butterflies are declining more rapidly in urban areas than in the countryside, a study published in the journal Ecological Indicators has revealed.

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Song thrush heralds spring

Spring well on its way in Sussex according to Nature Calendar

Though it may be difficult to believe, spring is well and truly on its way if Mother Nature is an accurate barometer.

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LEGAL CORNER: Could your insurer open the door to driverless motoring?

Discussions about how soon driverless cars could become a common sight on our roads continue to prompt the airing of many different theories including the prediction that within ten years there will be no drivers, no road accidents, and no injuries.

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Yellowhammer - Photo courtesy of P Thompson

Annual bird count on farmland all over Sussex

An annual bird count takes place across the farms of Sussex this month

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country walk: Houghton Hill

This 4.5 (7.3 kms) walk is over Houghton Farm which is some of the area where farmers will take part in the identification day farm bird count next Thursday.

Opinion

RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Where have all the farm birds gone?

Where have all the farm birds gone? West Sussex farmers will be finding out next week.

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Waps (Photograph: T Pennell) SUS-170124-171747001

County news: Wasps ruled by market forces according to Sussex scientists

Wasps have trading partners and compete for the ‘best trade deals’ – according to scientists from the University of Sussex.

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Green party members meeting Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in Chichester in December

New Chichester Climate Change Forum established

A celebratory evening is being held at which people can find out more about climate change action and solutions in the area.

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Brent Lodge Wildlife Animal Hospital needs help with its hedgehogs. Picture: Steve Robards SR1526676

Urgent appeal to help hedgehogs

An urgent appeal for food for hedgehogs has been put out by Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital.

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Monitoring and improving the health of Sussex ponds

New award for inspiring young conservationists

A new competition has been launched to find the county’s most inspiring young conservationists.

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Sedlescombe Village sign and green SUS-140304-122359001

Calls for 2017 to be the ‘Year of the Village Green’

The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, has called on local authorities and developers throughout England to make 2017 the Year of the Village Green, by voluntary registering their land as greens.

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Horse riders demonstrate at Forestside earlier this year Photo by Christopher Ison

Objectors to controversial drilling plan are being ‘kept in the dark’

The oil drilling company behind the controversial plan in the South Downs National Park (SDNP) at Markswell Wood has been accused of hiding information despite a pledge to be transparent.

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Hannah Hurvenes-Clarke and Nick Clarke at Brackenwood SUS-150325-164251001

Polo patron wins fight for equestrian centre at Midhurst

Polo patron Nick Clarke and his daughter Hannah Hurvenes-Clarke, an international dressage competitor have won their long running battle with the South Downs National Park for an equestrian centre at Brackenwood on Telegraph Hill at Midhurst.

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Horse riders protest at plans for Markwells Wood PICTURE BY CHRISTOPHER ISON

Tighter ‘fracking’ controls by South Downs National Park are welcomed

News that the South Downs National Park Authority is set to tighten up its ‘fracking’ policies in its joint minerals plan, have been welcomed by the Friends of the Earth.

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No 'major issues' are expected, the flood information service has confirmed

COUNTY NEWS: Phew! Chance of a flood is ‘very low’

The chance of Sussex being flooded over the next five days is ‘very low’, according to the flood information service.

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The lane is reported to be closed due to flooding.

TRAVEL NEWS: Flooding causes lane to close on M23 near Gatwick

A lane is reported to be closed on the M23 near Gatwick due to flooding.

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