Hello and welcome back to all my readers.
The past month has been very busy and a very hot one indeed. The hottest one on record, this means that all the butterflies and bees have had a bumper feast from all the flowers in bloom.
There have been quite a few chicks successfully hatching and fledging in the Harbour too. We have had a family of Lapwings hatch out on Thorney Island. This is very good news indeed as the Lapwing has not done very well across the south this year. This is a little sign that what we are doing is proving to be a benefit to the birds. Our House martins that have nested on our office fascias are doing really well, the chicks are getting fat and plump and fuzzy. I can't wait until they are ready to go as sometimes they do their flying lessons outside our windows. With all the hot weather the birds have found it quite difficult to bathe as the little puddles that they usually use have dried up. If you are able to provide a little drinking water in your garden, I know they would be grateful, even if it's only in an old margarine tub.
This month we have also had Friends of Chichester Harbour work parties task force out with Keith and me. There have been so many jobs that needed to be done this month that Keith and I cannot get round to. Things like the removal of forty bags of Ragwort plants from Chidham bund and Sandy Point, twenty plus bags of rubbish from Pilsey Island and installation of a new fence in Gutner Point. Not forgetting the beach clean we did at Nutbourne. I would like to give a big thank you to all of you who attended.
We have also carried out a couple of footpath resurfacing tasks as well, one in Chalkdock lane in Itchenor and one on the Wittering shoreline footpath. I must say it looks fabulous and I want to thank all of the Friends Volunteers for your time and commitment that you all have contributed to the Conservancy. I think the Northney Farm summer social will hopefully show how much you are all very much appreciated and valued in your support for myself and the Conservancy.
This month also saw our first ever Solar Heritage trip depart from Hayling Island Sailing Club. Our maiden voyage was a complete success and the boat was fully booked. Thankfully the weather was a scorcher so I think this also had a lot to do with it! We all went out for an hour and we did see the Seals who kindly popped up behind the boat for a look at every one looking at them. Some people even thought we may have put a pretend one there just for them to say they had seen one. This was until he blinked, flared his nostrils and then went on his merry way hunting for fish. This was a lovely surprise for the passengers but one little girl now wants us to find a whale, I am unsure we will get one of those in the harbour.
I would like to say a big thank you to our Volunteer Rangers John D'Arcy and Steve Baldwin who both helped supervise the trip with me, they were a great help with car parking , safety, customer information and getting the boat onto the jetty for one of our wheelchair passengers to alight. It turned out to be a great success and we hopefully will be able to do more in the future.
Well that's all from me, but stay tuned to read Keith's edition next month. Hope to see you all whilst I'm out and about.