A botanical survey has shown how important the Ems is for plant species and animals. Carried out in August 2020 for Chichester District Council, it's a fascinating insight into life in and around a chalk stream and shows just how precious our wildlife corridor is.

Its list of species may help you identify what you see and record your sightings on iRecord.

The survey was 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 document here: botanical survey