Biosphere Bulletin - March 2015
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Nature Now

What's happening in nature this month

Coming Up...

Biosphere Events in your

Please visit our events calendar for full details of all of the events listed below


Sat 7th March (10.00-16.00) - Lewes Water Fair, Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land Lewes (free) (OART, with BLD Biosphere)

Weds 11th March (10.00-12.00) - Booth Museum HealthWalk & Tour, Dyke Road, Brighton (pre-book) (BHCC)

Thurs 12th March (19.00-22.00) - Beneath the Whispering Sea, Brighton Museum (£5 adv) (BMAG Lates)

Sat-Sun 14-15th March (09.00-17.30) - WhaleFest, Brighton Centre (£14 adults) (Planet Whale)

Fri 20th March (08.15-10.30) - Solar Eclipse at Southerham, Lewes (SWT)

Sat 21st March (14.00) - Creatures of the Deep, kids session at Booth Museum, Brighton (£2) (RSPB) 

Sat 28th March (19.30-21.30) - EarthHour Walk, Brighton seafront bandstand (BHCC)

Tues 31st March (14.00-15.30) - Wild Beach, kids 5-11 yrs, Ovingdean (SWT)

Sat-Mon 4-6th April (11.00-15.00) - Easter Egg Hunts & Rolling, Devil's Dyke (£3/£1) (NT) 

Thurs 9th April (10.30-12.30) - Biosphere HealthWalk, Woodingdean (BLD Biosphere)

Biosphere Here

March 2015

"Treasure in them thar hills...!"

Dear <<Name>>

Treasure - what treasure?!?
And how come you didn't know anything about it before?

Not many people are aware of where the water in our taps comes from, an issue we wish to address since the groundwater lying within the chalk beneath our feet forms an indispensible yet fragile resource for us to survive and thrive here -  a form of "liquid gold" in fact! This hidden treasure is brought to the surface in our Bio Blog (below) by Dr Christopher Manning of the South Downs National Park Authority.

Meanwhile our Biosphere initiative is working with and for local children to awaken their interest in our water, through a new film animation and Minecraft virtual Biosphere world to explore and discover - check out our Minecraft video for a fly-through and tour underground! We launched this at the 'Bright Sparks' event of the Brighton Science Festival last month, and will be exhibiting it at the Brighton Festival in May with Australian artists 'Gauge'. It will be also be viewable at the Lewes Water Fair this Saturday. Then next weekend it's all about saltwater and marine mammals at the renowned WhaleFest weekend at the Brighton Centre.

So there's lots of things going on in the run-up to the Easter holidays - see our Events calendar (summary, left) - as well as out there in the natural world, as Spring starts to make a welcome return: find out what's waking up in our monthly nature calendar.

Enjoy coming alive with the Spring!
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World:
Ground Water

By definition, ground water is rather hard to get at and experience!
However it is a marvel to behold where it emerges as pure clear water from springlines at the surface, places in our Biosphere
 area such as:

~ Fulking to Woods Mill stream, emerges by the Shepherd & Dog pub (picture right) 

~ Lewes Winterbourne stream, flowing through Lewes Railway Land

~ Wellesbourne stream in central Brighton, buried beneath the 'Valley Gardens' for over a hundred years!

Bio Blog

The Hidden Treasure Beneath Us 

Out of sight, and to most people out of mind, a massive chalk sponge lies underground beneath the Downs as well as the city of Brighton & Hove itself – a giant natural reservoir that stores millions of litres of groundwater in the chalk block of our Biosphere from the River Adur in the west to the River Ouse in the east.

This groundwater chalk ‘aquifer’ is much more than a simple natural phenomenon however, rather it is an essential requirement of our daily existence here by providing
 read full blog

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