History of unique nature reserve is charted

S311821H13 David James, an activity member of WOW, at the Marlipins Museum exhibition
S311821H13 David James, an activity member of WOW, at the Marlipins Museum exhibition
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A COLOURFUL exhibition on the history of Widewater Lagoon Nature Reserve has opened in Shoreham this week.

The exhibition, at Marlipins Museum, in High Street, includes displays of bird life, plants, historical maps and photographs.

Children’s activities related to swans will also be on offer every Saturday during the exhibition, which runs until September 6.

Liza McKinney, treasurer of the Friends of Marlipins Museum, said: “Did you know that right in the midst of our district is the wonderful world of Widewater Lagoon with its great variety of flora and fauna and birds, including swans, as well as the biological life in its waters?”

Unique in the county, the lagoon has its own wildlife, story and people. It is currently looked after by volunteers at conservation group WOW, World of Widewater, chaired by Garry Purnell.

Liza added: “Owned by Lancing Parish Council, it had a chequered history and looked rather neglected until firstly a group called the Friends of Widewater, which included representatives from local resident groups, Shoreham and District Ornithological Society and Adur Valley Biodiversity Network, got together, later replaced by WOW.”