For obvious reasons, the activities of the Society are on hold for the foreseeable future. We can look forward to the time when our usual working parties will resume, in the meantime following the requirements of the government is necessary. It perhaps gives us time to stand back and think about how we can better care for our environment when restrictions are lifted.
One benefit of the present situation is the reduction in pollution caused by travel. Can a return to previous levels be avoided? The cancellation of the Climate Conference in Glasgow in November is a set back as positive action is needed urgently. Maybe the example of the combined international efforts to deal with the coronavirus will encourage similar co-operation in tackling climate change.
The working party on 7th March took place after the deadline for April issues. However, it was at Hurston Warren, a new venue for us. It is a site of Special Scientific interest covering an area of 164 acres (66 Ha). It is mainly heathland on Lower Greensand with a range of habitats including woodland, wet and dry heath, open water and bogland. It provides for a range of flora and fauna. For example our three native heather species, ling, cross leaved heath and bell heather. Much of it is taken up by West Sussex Golf Club, the rest being privately owned, which is where we were working. Our task was to uproot silver birch saplings which invaded the heathland to the detriment of the established habitat. Healthy exercise. We were glad to pause for coffee and the chance to enjoy the scenery in the fine weather.
For information about this and when our activities will resume, or on becoming a member, please get in touch with Chairman Mick Denness on 01903 745971, or see our website