Maybush Copse Work Party – Sat Dec 2, 10am

Maybush Copse Work Party (First Saturday of the month).
We need your efforts to keep the paths in shape – weeding and replenishing the woodchip, and cut back the vegetation. Please bring shears, weeders, or rake, wheelbarrow + shovel to move woodchip. Don’t forget appropriate clothing, gardening gloves and footwear. Children welcome, but should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Maybush Copse designated as Dark Sky Discovery site.

Chichester Harbour Conservancy announces that three new Dark Sky Discovery Sites have been designated in the Harbour. The sites were all identified as excellent places for stargazing due to their impressive levels of darkness, excellent lines of sight and good accessibility year round. Maybush Copse is one of the locations. The others are in West Itchenor, and at Eames Farm on Thorney Island.

The nominations were approved by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. This is despite concern by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) that other parts of Chichester Harbour had high levels of light pollution for an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Conservancy hopes that by raising awareness of the issue, these levels of ‘night blight’ can be reversed.

Preserving our dark skies has many benefits for us. Dark skies are beneficial to our health and wellbeing. They are also important for education and astronomy, for nocturnal animals, astro-tourism and development management. Chichester Harbour Conservancy will be organising a number of stargazing events in partnership with the South Downs Astronomical Society as part of the activities programme for 2018. You can find out more about Dark Sky Discovery Sites at  www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk.

New fence for Maybush Drive/Maybush Copse

Work installing a new fence at the end of Maybush Drive where it borders Maybush Copse was recently completed by Georgie one of the Rangers from Chichester Harbour Conservancy in partnership with the Volunteer Rangers.

They cleared some of the plant growth and added the new post and rail fence. Thanks to Richard Austin and to Georgie and her team.

 

 

 

 


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