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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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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.

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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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Wildlife survey is a great thing to do and takes just an hour

Wildlife survey is a great thing to do and takes just an hour

West Sussex residents are being urged to take some time out to count birds in gardens and parks for the world’s largest wildlife survey.

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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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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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A North American weevil, natural enemy of floating water fern

‘Remarkable’ weevils save historic waterway on Wey and Arun canal

Tiny beetles have saved a historic waterway from being choked by an outbreak of invasive weed, the Wey and Arun Canal Trust have announced.

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West Sussex MPs Nick Herbert, Sir Nicholas Soames, Tim Loughton, Jeremy Quin, Sir Peter Bottomley and  Henry Smith with Schools Minister Nick Gibb

MPs appeal to schools minister for fairer funding

West Sussex MPs have met with the Minister for Schools to ask for extra money for the county’s cash-strapped schools.

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The newly-refurbished scratter, in use for the first time. Picture: L. Trownson

Slindon Apple Day a shining success

It was a fun-filled day in Slindon on Saturday for the eagerly-anticipated Apple Day, an annual festival of fruit, juice, orchards, crumbles and more.

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COUNTY NEWS: Dairy farm ordered to pay £8,000 for polluting Sussex river

A controversial energy farm has been prosecuted for spilling effluent into the River Kirk.

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The extent of the damage to Johnny Boylan and Belinda Pickering's flood wall SUS-160914-172955001

VIDEO: Aerial footage shows river wall damage

Footage has been posted online showing the extent of the damage to the river wall in Arundel.

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Johnny Boylan and Belinda Pickering outside their house in River Road

PICTURES: Residents face ongoing threat of homes falling into river

Months after the collapse of a river wall, the man whose home is at risk of being overtaken by flood water has spoken about the ongoing stress and anxiety the situation is causing him.

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