‘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: Emergency flood response exercise held in Shoreham

New equipment was tested in an emergency flood response exercise held in Shoreham this morning in preparation for the winter.

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.

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Steyning Apple Day ‘unqualified success’

Steyning Community Orchard’s third apple day was ‘an unqualified success’, say organisers.

Volunteers planting wild cowslip and primrose plants on Steyning Downland Scheme. Picture: Matthew Thomas

Wild flower day proves a success

Volunteers from Steyning Downland Scheme joined forces with volunteer rangers from the South Downs National Park to plant 1,500 wild cowslip and primrose plants.

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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.

Walter Smith is concerned about the state of the lake at Brooklands Pleasure Park

Lake’s water quality to be discussed by council after more wildlife deaths

Worthing borough council will discuss the quality of the water at the Brooklands lake after further wildlife deaths.


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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Red-footed booby. Photo courtesy of the East Sussex WRAS. SUS-160509-101603001

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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An example of a private pumping station

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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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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Volunteers tackling invasive Himalyan balsam - Pic: www.photographersussex.com

Two South Downs projects shortlisted for award

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

A beach clean. Picture: Friends of Shoreham Beach

PICTURES: Beach marks ten years of nature reserve status

Whether it is cleaning the beach with a mince pie and mulled wine or spotting shrimp in rock pools in the height of summer, one group of volunteers can be found on Shoreham Beach come rain or shine.

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Enormous 45-foot screen replaced at East Worthing Treatment Works

The replacement of a huge 45-foot screen was described as an ‘impressive sight’ by a manager at the site.

The Manor Sports Ground, in Worthing

Councils appeal for public opinion on dog legislation

Adur and Worthing councils are set to introduce tougher orders to control dogs.

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COUNTY NEWS: Concerns raised over lake’s water quality after bird deaths

Concerns have been raised about the cleanliness of the water at a lake in Sussex after the death of two birds.

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