Maybush Orchard has been an orchard for over a hundred years.
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Maybush Orchard is off Cot Lane, Chidham, West Sussex PO18 8SP)
Like most long established orchards, it is a wonderful habitat for the wildlife of the area, especially so because of the mature apple trees, grass underlay, and because it is not too tidy. There are towering oaks, ash and poplar trees on its perimeter. In all it is around 8 acres, and its value as habitat is enhanced by its proximity to Maybush Copse.
If we lost Maybush Orchard it would diminish the harbour, the village, and everyone who lives here.

Success!
The Planning Inspector has dismissed the Developer's Appeal . See the decision notice.
The decision on the Maybush Orchard appeal was put on the Planning Inspectorate website on 25/6/2015.
Thanks so much to everybody who supported the campaign. It was a terrific response and I am so pleased that the Inspector has made the right decision!
Summer 2015
This Turtle Dove is currently a temporary resident of Maybush Orchard - a red list species. Turtle Doves have been calling from two locations in the orchard, as well as in Maybush Copse. I say temporary because they migrate at the end of each summer, wintering in Southern Africa.
The distinctive call of the Turtle Dove is evocative of summers past, not so much a sound you may be familiar with today.
Turtle Doves are seed eaters. They may come to your garden if you put seed down.

They are particularly partial to the seeds of Fumaria Officinalis but also Birdsfoot Trefoil (and they will find a lot of that in Maybush Copse)

This photo was taken in a garden immediately adjacent to Maybush Orchard.

How to help Turtle Doves in your garden - advice sheet.
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You may know that old traditional orchards are designated as UK biodiversity action plan priority habitats. Habitat is vital to biodiversity. Destroy habitat and you lose those creatures that enhance all our lives - some rare, some rarely seen, some that only stay a short while on their migration, some just a joy to see.

For example
Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Red Wing, Fieldfare, Song Thrush and House Sparrow in the orchard, all red list species.
We do not have access to the site, but the Developer commissioned reports found :
5 species of Bat - Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Noctule, Leisler's and Myotis bats (either Whiskered Brandt or Natterers)
Brown Long Eared Bats also forage there.
There is a 'Good' population of slow worms
All sorts of insects -
Stratimys Potamida - Nationally scarce
Campiglossa Malaris - Endangered RDB 1
Merzomyia Westermanni - Nationally Scarce
Myopities Inulaedysenntericae - Rare RDB3
Gymnosoma Rotundatum - Rare
91 species of moth - Nine NERC S41 and UK BAP species were recorded.
Synanthedon myopaeformis - Nationally notable
Rhopobota stagnana - Nationally scarce
Pediasia contaminella - Nationally scarce.
The site was considered to be of local entomological importance ...
in studies done in 2012, a cold and wet summer.
I saw stag beetles last summer. (not found by the developer's study)
I have seen common lizards(2015) , toads, newts, frogs as well as slow worms on the margin of the orchard.

April 2014 - this lovely area teeming with wildlife will be destroyed if Orchard Developments gets planning permission.
Looking across Maybush Orchard in winter
Looking west across the orchard - The Barleycorn on the right.
Apple Blossom time
The orchard in the snow
Views from the meadow to the east of the orchard.
Looking west across the orchard towards Maybush Copse
Great oaks on the western perimeter of the orchard opposite Maybush Copse

Maybush Orchard (the red line) showing its proximity to Maybush Copse (the Yellow line)
 
Chidham and Hambrook Sustainability Network
June 12 - Residents Meeting
about the proposal to build 25 houses on Maybush Orchard, Cot Lane.
You can also sign the ePetition
Maybush Orchard showing the approx location of planned development (purple), Maybush Orchard (red) and Maybush Copse (yellow)
25th April (2014)- Cuckoo heard in Maybush Orchard and 24/25th in Maybush Copse (perhaps the same one)
See the details of the planning application on the Chichester District Council Planning website.