Posted by: laurahct | 19/09/2017

The cattle are coming


The British White cattle are coming to Chesworth Farm any day now, after grazing other HDC countryside sites.

They will start on some of the enclosed fields (Riverside, Back field) and then move onto the public access areas. We will do our best to keep you updated.

Here’s the latest field map if you need a bit of extra guidance. Contact us or HDC if you need to know more.

Picture by Mark Jarvis

Posted by: laurahct | 16/09/2017

Farm Kestrel is returning

You may remember an injured Kestrel was rescued from the farm in early August. Good news, its fracture (one of the coracoid bones in its shoulders) has repaired and it will be released back on Chesworth Farm soon.

If you are the quick-thinking couple (or you know who they are) who followed it and called the RSPCA, please get in touch as we’d like to tell you more.

A Kestrel on Chesworth Farm by Dave Verrall


Posted by: laurahct | 23/08/2017

Be a Viking day today @chesworthfarm

Look out for Vikings today at Chesworth Farm, in the last of Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Horsham holiday clubs based at Chesworth Farm in August.

This summer, you could win some exciting prizes by entering West Sussex County Council’s  Experience West Sussex-themed photo competition – with some of your excellent photographs of Chesworth Farm of course. Prizes include tickets for Chichester Festival Theatre, a meal at The Cat Inn near East Grinstead, a spooky Worthing History tour courtesy of ‘All-Inclusive History’ and tickets for the ‘Dawn Walking Safari’ on the Knepp Estate.

Running from Saturday 29 July to Saturday 9 September, the county council is encouraging everyone living in West Sussex to send in their best photo of the county. Choose from three headings: Back to Nature, Cultural Encounters or New Experiences.

For details on how to enter go to the Experience West Sussex website


Posted by: laurahct | 17/08/2017

“Thank you, I learnt so much”

At our Friends evening walk, we split into two groups, one finding wasp spiders and their nests, the other looking at plants in the wetland area. Later, new member Jo tweeted her thanks.

There is still time to enter the Nature Photographer of the Year (NPOTY) the popular annual photo competition run jointly by Friends of Warnham LNR and HDC: deadline 31 August.

Of course you can enter your Chesworth photos under some of the headings too! The five sections are: Landscapes of local nature reserves, British native flora or fungi, British native fauna, Overseas flora, fauna or fungi and Young photographer of the year (under 16). See poster and fliers for more details: available at HDC sites.

From our talented photographers, Dave Verrall won third place in Landscapes in 2016 with his frosty wetland sunrise and in 2015 Steve Knight won overall competition winner with his picture of the wetland at sunset.

Posted by: laurahct | 30/07/2017

Defibrillator unveiling

Following on from the wetland interpretation board inauguration the other day, FCF President Kate Parminter invited HDC cabinet deputy leader Councillor Jonathan Chowen to formally unveil the new 24-hour Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) site based on the outside of the farm’s Volunteer Centre.

This unit has been donated by the scheme though a donation by Gatwick Airport and South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb). Afterwards, Horsham Community Responders (HCR) team members Marc Harrold and Hilary Humphrey were kept busy explaining how easy it is to use a defibrillator and Marc proved this with a two-minute challenge to Kate Parminter.

In the lead up to the provision of the PAD, Horsham Community Responders also kindly put on an emergency first aid course for the Friends of Chesworth Farm.

Anyone seen these in the undergrowth @chesworthfarm since Thursday 27th July please

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