Penny Green will be giving a talk about the Rewilding of the Knepp Estate on Friday 13 March 2020 after our (brief) AGM. Full details are given HERE.

The Winter 2019 Newsletter has been sent out by email (02-01-20) and by post (04-01-20). If you have not received your copy in the next few days please let me know – Tom Howard-Jones (

Membership fees for 2020 are now due. All existing members will get a renewal form with the latest Newsletter 87. If you have any questions or would like to join for the first time please let me know – Tom Howard-Jones ( Best wishes for the New Year.
3rd January 2020.

AGM and Talk Friday 13th March 2020 – speaker Penny Green talking about the wilding of The Knepp Estate.

Spring WalkSaturday 25th April 2020 – for members (please check details nearer the date).

Birding Walk with The SOS – date to be fixed May 2020.

Open DaySunday 12th July 2020 – (please check details nearer the date).

LOST:- A camera lens hood with a camouflage sleeve for a Nikon 200-500 lens was lost recently. If found please contact (Tom Howard-Jones 24-09-19).

FOUND:- A pair of spectacles in a soft, black Specsavers case were found in the hide on 6/7 August 2018. Please contact

FOUND:- A watch has been found in the car park. To claim please contact or 07703 280 238 17-April-2018 Tom Howard-Jones).

FOUND:- A pair of Specsaver reading glasses found in the hide. To claim please contact (11 December 2017, Tom Howard-Jones).

FOUND:- A key has been found in the car park. To claim please contact (21 June 2016, Tom Howard-Jones).

LOST:- A telescope lens/eyepiece was lost in the pumping station car park or close by on 23 April 2016. Please contact Roger Jackson at

FOUND:- Binocular Case – A black leather carrying case for a pair of binoculars has been found in the hide. To claim it please contact (1st March 2016, Tom Howard-Jones).

FOWW – Silver Anniversary Book
We have started work on the book that will commemorate our 25th anniversary in 2021.
It will be a celebration of the wildlife and history of the beautiful Weir Wood site.
The contents will range from: the geography & history of the site; water – fish and water birds; edges – vegetation and shorebirds; trees and woodland – fungi, insects, lichen, birds; Whillet’s – meadows, ponds and reedbeds; the history of the Friends and our role in the conservation of the reserve.
Our aim is to complete the writing by the spring of 2020 and to publish early in 2021.
We are very keen to gather any suggestions, memories, photos and contributions that you may have. We are looking for pictures, maps and anecdotes. Don’t worry that you are not a writer. We will be pleased to meet with you and capture your thoughts with minimal effort on your part.
Please contact Tom Howard-Jones ( if you have anything that might be of interest; if you know someone else who might be able to help or if you would like to be involved.
We are particularly hoping someone may have photos or memories from the 1950s of the developing reservoir which we could possibly use in the book.

A note with photos covering our Open Day on 14th July 2019 can be seen HERE.

Members Spring Walk 27 April 2019.
Some 18 Friends enjoyed a walk through the Study Area and Whillet’s Meadows in spite of the chilly wind. We were treated to a beautiful panorama of bluebells plus a wide range of plants, birds and other animals. A report with photos can be read HERE. Many thanks to Bob, Phil, Alan and Mike for showing us around and revealing some of the secrets of the reserve.