Walks and TalksTue 12 September 7pm 2hrs Bat Walk – 12 places left Features: A stroll at dusk to listen for and identify bats. With Nik Knight, expert from the Bat Conservation Trust. Bar facilities will be open at the Yacht Club beforehand (you might need to ring the bell first for admission). Fee: £5 per person (half to the Bat Conservation Society). Booking essential online or by phone on 01243 513275. Meet: outside Chichester Yacht Club, Chichester Marina, PO20 7EJ. Free parking by kind permission of the Club.
Wed 13 September 10 am 2½hrs Archaeology Walk with CITiZAN Features: A stroll along the Prinsted shoreline looking out for and hearing about the archaeological features, including the oyster beds, saltworking sites and Bronze Age pottery. With a Project Officer from CitiZan (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) supported by the Nautical Archaeological Society and the Council for British Archaeology. Fee: Free of charge – courtesy of CITiZAN, to include coffee afterwards. Please go to the events page at www.citizan.org.uk to book your place on the walk. Meet: Clubroom, Paynes Boatyard, Thornham Lane, Thorney Island, PO10 8DD. Free parking by kind permission of the owner.
Fri 15 Sept to Sun 17 September 9.30am each day Chichester Harbour Trail – 17 places left Features: A unique, guided, 38 mile linear walk of the Chichester Harbour shoreline over three days, from Langstone at the start on day one to West Wittering at the end of day three. Day one covers 12 miles from Langstone to Nutbourne, day two 14 miles from Nutbourne to Fishbourne and day three, 12 miles from Fishbourne to West Wittering via East Head. Using public bus services in between. Detailed arrangements will be sent out a week beforehand. Fee: £60 for all 3 days booking essential online or by phone 01243 513275. Meet: first day meeting in Langstone, second and third days at Fishbourne Roman Palace by kind permission.
Sat 23 September 10am 2hrs Explore Autumn Hedgerows Features: A stroll to look for and identify the hedgerow plants and shrubs and hear about their uses. Fee: £5 per person on the day. Meet: private car park to Cobnor House, Chidham, PO18 8TE. Free parking by kind permission of the Cobnor Estate.
Sat 30 September 10am 4hrs The Harbour in Textiles – 7 places left Features: Create a miniature picture in textiles of the Harbour landscape with the guidance of artist Karen Berry. All materials will be supplied and a simple frame will be available to buy. Minimum age 15 years. Fee: £20 to include materials and refreshments. Booking essential online or by phone 01243 513275. Meet: Harbour Education Centre, Dell Quay, PO20 7EE. Roadside parking.
Sat 9 September 1pm 3hrs Features: In rafted open canoes (no previous skill required) A fun session run in partnership with Cobnor Activities Centre to both hear about the Harbour’s wildlife and to have a go at canoeing, learning from qualified instructors. Bring extra footwear to get wet (that stays on, not flipflops) and a change of clothes just in case. Complete the consent form available from the Cobnor Activities Centre website www.cobnor.com/downloads/ before the activity. Fee: £28 to include all equipment. Booking essential via the Cobnor Activities Centre website www.cobnor.com. Meet: Cobnor Activities Centre, Cobnor Point, Chidham, Chichester, PO18 8TE. Free parking.
Solar Heritage Boat Trips
Solar Heritage is a 14-metre solar powered catamaran licensed for public boat trips. She can carry up to 50 passengers. The boat is open-sided for unimpeded views so warm clothing and wet weather gear is advised. There is a toilet onboard and the boat is fitted with a wheelchair lift.
Departures from Emsworth (to 21 September incl): Please go to the bottom of South Street, walk 300m along the Promenade and wait at the top of the jetty 15 minutes before departure time and the crew will collect you. Park in the pay and display car park in South Street PO10 7EH.
Departures from Itchenor (from 24 September) Please wait on the viewing platform in front of the Harbour Office 15 minutes before departure time and the crew will collect you. Park in the pay and display car park near The Ship pub - PO20 7AE.