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Lights off please for Earth Hour, Green councillor pleads

Green city councillor Sarah Sharp set up a dining table and chairs in Chichester’s busy Eastergate Square on Saturday to engage with people about Earth Hour.

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The Arundel Wetland Centre grounds team rescues toads found scaling the perimeter fence. Picture: Paul Stevens

Toads scale fences to get to reedbeds

Spring is in the air at Arundel Wetland Centre and the ponds and ditches have become toad-aly romantic hotspots.

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A swarm of bees

What to do if you encounter a swarm of bees

Spring is coming, and with it comes an increase in the swams of bees taking up residence on trees and in roof spaces.

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Bird flu restrictions are in place across the country

Bird flu advice for West Sussex poultry owners

West Sussex poultry owners are being urged to check the latest restrictions to stop the spread of avian flu.

Politics

RICHARD WILLIAMSON: An interesting encounter

I was watching the sun setting its fiery furnace on the rim of the downs when somebody shouted at me from behind a bramble bush. It was only fifteen yards away.

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RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country walk: Warblington Sea Shore

I often enjoy this stroll around the top of Emsworth channel.

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Free-range eggs become ‘barn eggs’ following bird flu

Free-range eggs become ‘barn eggs’ following bird flu

A bird flu panic has seen free-range eggs temporarily lose their status after hens were brought indoors.

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Craig Sandles strimming on one of the seven annual urban grass cutting rounds during a previous summer (photo submitted). SUS-150528-130923001

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.

Opinion

RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country walk: Heyshott Downs

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

Opinion
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.

Environment

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.

Opinion
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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