Broomrape – the fascinating parasite

These lovely photos were taken by Adrienne on MacIntyres Field . They show Common Broomrape (Orobanche minor) Its a parasitic plant which means it takes it nutrients from another host by means of a fungal appendage. Broomrape host  plant are members of the pea family.

Further information about this plant species


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Report from Adrienne following the Spring AGM

Most of the Committee were re-elected, although, unfortunately Chris Ball has had to stand down for health reasons.  We would like to thank Chris so much for her contributions on the Committee and we will miss her and hope she might think of coming back when her health recovers.  So the current line-up is: Henry Heath as Chairman, Veronica Eltringham is Vice Chair, Sue Crowhurst is Membership Secretary, Adrienne Stevenson is Secretary and also Keith Dollemore.  We currently have no Treasurer, so Henry is doubling as Treasurer.  However, if anyone else would like to join the Committee or would like to offer themselves as Treasurer, we would be delighted to hear from them.

Sue Crowhurst has moved and changed her phone number.  The new details  are:

31 Sedbury Road, Sompting. Tel 01903 368978

Correction to Summer Newsletter

In the published Newsletter it was incorrectly stated that the September Task Day has been cancelled.
This should have stated that the August Task Day has been cancelled.

Instead of this there is going to be an event on the 31st August to coincide with the Shoreham Airshow

FAMILY DAY / AIRDAY – SUN 31st AUGUST

This year we have decided to have a presence on the Reserve on Shoreham Air Day. We will combine this with our Family Day when there will be activities for children, demonstrations of bush craft skills by FOLR member Mark and information available about the Friends.

There are usually a lot of people around and about during the Air Show, so we hope this will help to raise our profile in the community.

Why not come along and say hello between 10am and 1pm?

Butterfly walk on the Clump – 19th July

Another Friends group in the area, the Friends of Whitebeam Wood, are holding a butterfly walk and survey on the Ring on Sat 19th July between 10am and 1pm.  They would like to extend a welcome to any FOLR members who would like to come along and join them.

Spring AGM

The Committee were re-elected at the AGM on Saturday and will remain the same as last year, with the exception of Ann Russell who has had to stand down due to ill health.  Ann was one of the original members of the Friends of Lancing Ring and was there from the very start.  She worked hard to help the group become what it is today and until only recently was a Committee member.  The members of the FOLR and the Committee would like to say a big thank you to her for all she has done over the years and we are sorry that her health has prevented her carrying on.

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Spring AGM & Coffee Morning

The AGM and Coffee Morning will be on Sat 22nd March at the usual place. (Monks Farm Presbytery, North Road. Lancing) We are hoping to have cakes, plants, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, books, bric-a-brac, raffle and refreshments.

Also, Henry is cancelling the April task day as it falls on Easter Day this year.

Spring is in the air

Sweet Violets

Sweet Violets

Adrienne spotted these as she took advantage of a respite from the rain.

Our rich and varied wild haven, in the Herald newspaper

Lancing Herald Article

by Joe Riddle, with additions by Adrienne and Ray

Workplace Volunteering

From time to time we have had Employee workplace volunteers offering to help with the work on the Reserve.  If your company or employees are interested in helping out in any way do contact our Chair or Secretary or use the form below.  It can be a useful team building experience and can be a very pleasant day making a real difference to our countryside areas.