Dawn Chorus at Sennicotts during lock down

A huge amount of excellent comment has been made about the pros and cons of the Coronavirus lock down. I don’t think at this time I have anything particularly new to say other than to add my thanks to the NHS staff in particular.

It is humbling to be a human at this time. I am personally enjoying the freedom which comes from this part of the experience.

In the natural world prey uses sight, sound and smell to detect the presence of the predator. I have always wondered how much of an advantage the predator is given by the addition of near constant background noise generated by our modern life. Human’s noise becoming a predator’s sound camouflage and putting prey at a disadvantage.

What will the natural world make of the humans putting life and much of their noise on hold?

To give a little insight into the audio of the natural world when the humans are taking a break here is the dawn chorus at 05:40 this morning at Sennicotts.

05:40. 5th April 2020. Dawn Chorus during UK Coronavirus Lock Down

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Brexit

Waking up on February 1st 2020 to some it will feel like everything has changed. Maybe even as if the world has changed.

But for the majority of living things, almost all of life on planet earth, nothing has changed. Least of all the seasons.

We would do well to remember that as humans, how we organise ourselves should keep its rightful place behind the rhythm of life and needs of each individual’s heart – to be known and loved.

What this flags means to many might have changed, but the soil in which it is planted, and everything else that lives there, knows there is very rarely anything truly new under the sun.

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Peonies

Sennicotts Garden’s Open to the public for National Garden’s Scheme (NGS) charities.

Sunday 9th June 2019 10am – 5pm

Monday 10th June 2019 9am – 4pm

Monday 17th June 2019 9am – 4pm

Monday 24th June 2019 9am – 4pm

Adults £4, children free

More information at www.ngs.org.uk

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A letter to the community

I recently heard Chichester’s A27 dilemma likened to the current Brexit chaos. While there are similarities there is one substantial difference.

With Brexit no one really knows what we can or can’t have in our negotiations with the EU.

On the other hand with the A27 at Chichester the Highways Authority have been consistently clear, telling us for over 15 years Chichester can have the congestion resolved by upgrading the existing A27 Chichester Bypass.

Much consternation and now disappointment has come from the suggestion that alternatively Chichester can have a northern bypass. The source of this alternative suggestion is merely an individual with a cause. Much like Brexit, a promise or claim made but not found in any reality.

So whereas Brexit is full of uncertainty Chichester’s A27 does actually have a very real and certain solution. A set of options within budget that admittedly need community refinement to work fully for all, but which are affordable and deliverable.

These options were put to the community in 2004 and again, refined, in 2016. Someone in that time has been claiming Chichester can have a different more expensive and destructive option north of the city but those who will be paying for the work and building it have given us a clear and consistent message – they have looked at that option and it is neither affordable nor workable.

So do we want to unite around the certain or be divided over a concept we are consistently told is not an option? We know Louise Goldsmith’s answer to that question but as a community we are free to choose to unite around the certain. I would encourage us all to do just that.

despite claims by campaigners that a northern bypass around Chichester would simply follow existing roads and do little environmental damage the video above shows the exact route of their proposed road through ancient parkland, productive farmland, important habitats and wildlife networks of the Upper Coastal Plain. 

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