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Butterflies declining more rapidly in urban areas

Butterflies are declining more rapidly in urban areas than in the countryside, a study published in the journal Ecological Indicators has revealed.

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Song thrush heralds spring

Spring well on its way in Sussex according to Nature Calendar

Though it may be difficult to believe, spring is well and truly on its way if Mother Nature is an accurate barometer.

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Historic flooding at New Monks Farm. Picture supplied by Bill Freeman

Lack of ‘common sense’ over flood risk in New Monks Farm development

Plans to build IKEA and 600 homes on a Lancing floodplain were strongly opposed yesterday (February 8) as councillors and developers debated the prospect of flooding in Adur.

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Glebe Primary children sang at the O2 Arena

Children were on song to raise the roof at O2 Arena

A group of 10 and 11-year-olds have taken part in one of the largest school choir concerts in the world.

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Yellowhammer - Photo courtesy of P Thompson

Annual bird count on farmland all over Sussex

An annual bird count takes place across the farms of Sussex this month

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Some of the young people planting trees at Worthing Foyer

Orchards created at YMCA centres

Young people have been working together to create four new orchards as part of a £33million investment in the environment by The Big Lottery Fund.

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Waps (Photograph: T Pennell) SUS-170124-171747001

County news: Wasps ruled by market forces according to Sussex scientists

Wasps have trading partners and compete for the ‘best trade deals’ – according to scientists from the University of Sussex.

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Mythago Morris performing a sequence of wassail-related dances

Wonderful wassail at Steyning orchard

Steyning Community Orchard had a wonderful wassail on Saturday night to get the year off to a flying start.

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Volga ploughing, an image similar to the one on the Sompting village sign

Working heavy horse brings piece of village history to life

Sompting is home to a minor celebrity in the horse world.

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Brent Lodge Wildlife Animal Hospital needs help with its hedgehogs. Picture: Steve Robards SR1526676

Urgent appeal to help hedgehogs

An urgent appeal for food for hedgehogs has been put out by Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital.

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The stream, which flows through the town has been covered up since the second world war. Picture: Derek Martin

Application to restore historic stream

An application to open up part of the historic Teville Stream has been submitted.

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Wildlife survey is a great thing to do and takes just an hour

Wildlife survey is a great thing to do and takes just an hour

West Sussex residents are being urged to take some time out to count birds in gardens and parks for the world’s largest wildlife survey.

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Monitoring and improving the health of Sussex ponds

New award for inspiring young conservationists

A new competition has been launched to find the county’s most inspiring young conservationists.

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Winning entries of a Shoreham Port wind turbine competition

Pupils name Shoreham Port’s turbines ‘Spinny’ and ‘Gusty’

Two wind turbines at Shoreham Port have been christened ‘Spinny’ and ‘Gusty’ after a competition challenged primary school pupils to suggest names.

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Chris Lever with litter in Horsham's Memorial Peace Garden SUS-161230-142301001

‘Undesirables’ leave town’s Peace Garden littered with debris

A call for action is being made over ‘undesirables’ who are littering a town’s Peace Garden with bottles, beer cans and drug wrappers.

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Sedlescombe Village sign and green SUS-140304-122359001

Calls for 2017 to be the ‘Year of the Village Green’

The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, has called on local authorities and developers throughout England to make 2017 the Year of the Village Green, by voluntary registering their land as greens.

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The Worthing Borough councillor said tip charges are putting people off

Fly-tipping: ‘It will get worse and is a shame for everyone’

The growing problem of fly-tipping has been raised by a Worthing borough councillor, who said it ‘will get worse and is a shame for everyone’.

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Minister Andrea Leadsom visits  Applesham Farm, Coombes, near Lancing (photo provided by NFU). SUS-160912-142621001

Minister meets farmers near Lancing

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom met with West Sussex farmers last week to discuss farming policy.

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Councillor Luke Proudfoot at Chatsmore Farm

Councillors criticise ‘ridiculous’ government decision on Chatsmore Farm

Councillors have criticised the Secretary of State for Local Government’s overturning of a Worthing Borough Council decision on Chatsmore Farm.

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The new �31 million scheme will protect almost 2,500 homes and businesses

New flood defence scheme will protect 2,500 homes and businesses

Shoreham-by-Sea’s £31 million tidal walls flood scheme will protect almost 2,500 homes and businesses, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced today on her visit to the site.

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