Welcome to Spring everyone and we hope you have enjoyed the show of Daffodils that appeared early this year. Our over wintering Dark-bellied Brent Geese have finally left our shores for the Arctic Tundra, where they have roughly two months of good weather in which to raise a family. If you are lucky, you may still see the odd Brent Goose around as some of them remain here as resident birds.
The Friends of Chichester Harbour have been very active these last few weeks, with sessions from West Wittering to Hayling Island. Our volunteers collected over 40 bin bags of rubbish washed up onto the foreshore between Marker Point and Longmere Point on Thorney Island.
We did a joint task with Hampshire County Council Rangers on one of their sites at Sandy Point Nature Reserve, cutting down Rhododendron and Bramble.
My favourite task was planting just under 500 new tree saplings along a new boundary fence at the Nutbourne SSSI Nature Reserve. This site is in its beginning stages of been returned to positive conservation management, and in time it will look splendid.
This past month has been an extremely busy one but with a nice story to end my month.
Georgie and I had gone down through Itchenor Park Farm to the Horse Pond to collect to rubbish that had been reported in by a Harbour Watch Volunteer, and on our returning to our vehicle, Georgie spotted movement out in the field. It turned out to be a brown Spaniel dog called Fudge. Thankfully she still had her collar on with her owner's details. Speaking to the owner we found out that Fudge had spent two and a half days out on her own, with no food or water and we were very happy to reunite her with her owner later that day.
We have a very full volunteer programme coming up for the summer, so if you fancy coming out and giving the Harbour Rangers a hand, please contact the Harbour Office.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the Harbour this spring.