Sea defence and wildlife at Haslemere museum

THE first event for the Haslemere Natural History Museum in 2015 will focus on the Medmerry sea defences and a new habitat for wildlife.

The lecture will take place on Saturday, January 10 at 2.15pm in Haslemere Museum, and anyone is welcome to attend.

Medmerry, near Selsey, was one of the stretches of coastline most at risk of flooding in the south of England. 

Peter Hughes, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) warden for Medmerry, will describe how the RSPB bought SSSI land behind Bracklesham Bay in 2006 and was the key partner advising the Environment Agency on managed realignment of sea defences. 

The project, the largest in the UK, has massively reduced the flood risk for the local community, opened up extensive new public access, and created a major new wildlife habitat both in the flooded area and on the land surrounding it.  

Peter will describe this ground-breaking scheme in greater detail and illustrate the wildlife now found at Medmerry.

Membership of Haslemere Natural History Society is open to everyone.

An application form can be downloaded from the website www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Alternatively, visit Haslemere Educational Museum or the visitor and local information centre.

Telephone 01428 645425 for further information.