Recent botanical surveys have shown how important the Ems is for plant species and animals. Carried out in 2020 and 2021 for Chichester District Council in different seasons, they give a fascinating insight into life in and around a chalk stream and shows just how precious our wildlife corridor is.

Their lists of species may help you identify what you see and record your sightings on iRecord.

The surveys were done by Bruce Middleton, a botanist, ecologist, wildlife artist, wildlife photographer and honey bee keeper. He has worked for a range of voluntary organisations such as the British Trust for Volunteers and the British Trust for Ornithology. Bruce has had over 25 years in landscape and species conservation management, working for West Sussex County Council, Sussex Downs Conservation Board, South Downs Joint Committee and the South Downs National Park Authority. He is a freelance wildlife consultant and surveyor. 

Read the documents here: 

August 2020 botanical survey

May 2021 botanical survey