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Environment

RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country Walk: Up Marden to Piglegged Row

There are bluebells nearly all the way on this 4 miles (6.4kms) walk in the woods.

Opinion

RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Wild orchid season opens

The wild orchid season has opened once again, drawing ever more enthusiasts out into the wild countryside to hunt for the 51 species in Britain, 26 (at least) of which are in Sussex.

Opinion
Cooler spells are expected next week

WEATHER FORECAST: Cooler spells expected next week

Cooler spells are expected in Sussex next week but don’t worry the sunshine is not going anywhere just yet.

News

RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Country walk: Ashford Hangers to Steep Church

I walked this 3.3 mile (5.5kms) route on 20 March and it is to commemorate the death 100 years ago on 9 April 1917 of Edward Thomas, the WW1 poet from Steep, Petersfield.

Opinion

RICHARD WILLIAMSON: Good butterfly season anticipated

This week 2,000 volunteer butterfly recorders like myself start another season of work.This will be my 42nd year making weekly counts of butterflies at Kingley Vale national nature reserve.

Opinion
Kia Trainor, director of CPRE Sussex, and her son Oliver

Does your school have the ‘E Factor’?

Countryside campaigners are worried schools and colleges will miss out on the chance to win a new environmental award.

Education
Sarah Sharp chatting to a shopper about Earth Hour this Saturday

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.

News
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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Julie, 62, and Tony Upson, 63, on their woodland land in Tortington

A27 bypass to ‘sever’ ancient woodlands from Arundel?

Worried residents have raised concerns an A27 bypass at Arundel will ‘sever’ an area of ancient woodland from the town.

News
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.

Opinion
South Downs National Trust Volunteers (SDNTV) at Wych Cross

County news - Volunteers needed to keep National Trust land in shipshape

A small group of hardworking volunteers are appealing to people from all over Sussex to help them maintain National Trust land on the South Downs.

News
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.

Environment
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.

Opinion
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
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