‘Remarkable’ weevils save historic waterway on Wey and Arun canal

Tiny beetles have saved a historic waterway from being choked by an outbreak of invasive weed, the Wey and Arun Canal Trust have announced.

West Sussex MPs Nick Herbert, Sir Nicholas Soames, Tim Loughton, Jeremy Quin, Sir Peter Bottomley and  Henry Smith with Schools Minister Nick Gibb

MPs appeal to schools minister for fairer funding

West Sussex MPs have met with the Minister for Schools to ask for extra money for the county’s cash-strapped schools.

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VIDEO: Tangmere solar farm reaches milestone

One year on since it was opened, Tangmere Solar Farm has generated enough clean electricity to power 1,500 homes for an entire year.

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Outcry grows over giant solar farm plan for Westhampnett

Villagers rallied to oppose plans for a giant solar farm in Westhampnett last night, as a presentation from developers failed to abate residents’ fears.

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The newly-refurbished scratter, in use for the first time. Picture: L. Trownson

Slindon Apple Day a shining success

It was a fun-filled day in Slindon on Saturday for the eagerly-anticipated Apple Day, an annual festival of fruit, juice, orchards, crumbles and more.

Residents voice concerns over Markwell’s Wood drilling plans

Residents voice concerns over Markwell’s Wood drilling plans

The expected planning application for oil drilling at Markwell’s Wood, Forestside, near Rowlands Castle, has been validated by the South Downs National Park Authority and can be seen on the park’s website.

The Oakwood West woodland in West Ashling near Chichester is up for sale.

Ancient woodland up for sale

More than 80 acres of woodland to the west of Chichester has been put up for sale, with a price tag in excess of half a million pounds.

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COUNTY NEWS: Dairy farm ordered to pay £8,000 for polluting Sussex river

A controversial energy farm has been prosecuted for spilling effluent into the River Kirk.

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COUNTY NEWS: Aerial footage shows river wall damage

Footage has been posted online showing the extent of the damage to a river wall in Sussex

Johnny Boylan and Belinda Pickering outside their house in River Road

COUNTY NEWS: Residents face ongoing threat of homes falling into river

Months after the collapse of a river wall, the man whose home is at risk of being overtaken by flood water has spoken about the ongoing stress and anxiety the situation is causing him.

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Turtle dove Streptopelia turtur, standing on grass. Photo: Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)

Act now to save UK nature - wildlife expert’s call to arms

It’s not too late to save UK nature but we must act now. That is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report.


Sir David Attenborough backs Sussex Wildlife Trust legacy campaign

Sir David Attenborough is supporting Sussex Wildlife Trust in its quest to protect vulnerable wildlife this week (September 12-18).

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COUNTY NEWS: Rare bird rescued after washing up on Sussex beach

A rare bird normally found in tropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans was found in Sussex at the weekend.

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Do you have a private pumping station on your property?

Southern Water is taking over responsibility for the ownership and maintainence of private wastewater pumping stations in the region.

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Chichester farm aims to meet growing demand for local produce

The growing demand for local soft fruit appearing on the supermarket shelves and farmers market stalls has led a Chichester farm to request approval to build a new water storage reservoir.

Sleepiness linked to traffic noise and pollution

Sleepiness linked to traffic noise and pollution

Nodding off in the middle of the day may be down to pollution generated by traffic, suggests new research.

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Sussex Wildlife Trust volunteer Youth Rangers on the new boardwalk. Picture: Sussex Wildlife Trust/Jane Willmott

Boggy problem solved at Petworth nature reserve

Visitors to Burton and Chingford Ponds Nature Reserve can now enjoy close-up views of wildlife, thanks to the completion of a £25,000 project.

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Two South Downs projects shortlisted for award

Two South Downs National Park projects have been shortlisted for an award.

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UPDATE: Cutting edge crop research plan at Chichester debated

A plan that could put a Chichester based agricultural food company at the cutting edge of food production across Europe was debated by councillors this morning (Wednesday, August 17).

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Community gathers for National Play Day fun

Free activities for all ages were put on in Florence Road Park, Chichester, to celebrate National Play Day last Wednesday.

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