TLC Bulletin - January 2018

Nature Now

What's happening in nature this month

Coming Up...

Events in your

Please visit our events calendar for full details of all of the events listed below and others too!

Sun 7th Jan, 11am-12.30pm - Beach Clean Saltdean + A Private Disco, Saltdean beach. Free

Tue 9th Jan, 7.30pm-9pm - 'What a Waste' information-sharing evening, The White Horse, Ditchling. Free  (HKDT)

Wed 10th Jan, 6.30pm-8pm - Permaculture in the Pub, The Lord Nelson, Brighton. Free

Thur 11th Jan, 6.30pm-9.30pm - 'Project Wild Thing' film screening, ONCA Gallery. £3.50 (ONCA)

Wed 17th Jan, 9.00am-1.30pm - 'Sustainability in Action' Business Training for SMEs, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton. £99 (GGP)

Sun 21st Jan, 9am-4pm - Big Garden Birdwatch, St Ann's Well Gardens, Hove. Free (RSPB)

Thur 25th Jan, 7.30pm - Wildlife in the Garden illustrated talk, BHASVIC, Brighton. £3 (RSPB)

Fri 26th Jan, 11am-1pm - Winter Coast Healthwalk, Saltdean. Free (BHCC/TLC)

Sun 4th Feb, 11am-12.30pm - Beach Clean, Rottingdean Beach. Free 

Wed 14th Feb, 10am-1pm - Wildlife Walk, Castle Hill, Newhaven. Free (RSPB)

Sat 17th Feb, 10am-4pm - Sussex Biological Recorders' Seminar, Haywards Heath. Book, £4 (SBRC)
Volunteers, Jobs & Opportunities
Big Energy Saving Week 22-28 January
Find out how to switch energy supplier or tariff to get the best deal, access discounts and make your home energy efficient here.

Big Garden Birdwatch 27-29th January
Join half a million other people by spending an hour over the weekend noting down birds you see; request a free survey pack.

Jobs at the Ecological Land Cooperative
Part-time Membership and Engagement Manager and part-time Fundraiser sought; see website, deadline 15th January.

Be a Food Hero in 2018!
Congratulations to Susie Haworth, School Meals Manager at BHCC, for winning an Award for her transformational work to promote our children's health and sustainability!

January 2018

GO GO! - Get Out in the Great Outdoors

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Happy New Year to all our Friends of The Living Coast! We hope you had a wonderful festive break, despite the wild weather, and start 2018 feeling rejuvenated. Many of us no doubt wish to be more healthy and fit as new year resolutions, for which you need look no further than the great outdoors of The Living Coast

Our monthly Nature Now diary offers an idea of the wild things you may come across, and our 'Explore TLC' interactive map provides the information you need to help you plan and make the most of your outdoor adventures - including brand new maps of 'More Places to Visit' and organised group 'Healthwalks' that you can join in. Check them out!

Walking is the special focus of this month’s Bulletin, with our Bio Blog (see excerpt below right) on its many benefits and the opportunities available by Rebecca Walton of the Healthwalks programme of Brighton & Hove City Council. 
The Living Coast is teaming up with Healthwalks to run a seasonal nature walk in each of our special environments, starting with the winter coast from Saltdean to Brighton Marina on Friday 26th January.
See our eco-events Calendar (summary list, left) for details of this and other happenings, both indoors and outside.           
And if you need further ideas of what to do and where to walk, then take a look at our top picks of wild walks in our 'WoW' section (below left). 

Lastly, if you fancy exploring further afield to discover other special places around the country, then do have a look at our Spotlight article on UNESCO in England – a new publication in which our Biosphere Region features prominently with highlights of our pioneering environmental work.

Best wishes for 2018, with wonderful wild walks!
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Wilder Walks

Some of our favourite longer wild walks in The Living Coast (see interactive map) include:

~ South Downs Way - linking Devil's Dyke to Ditchling Beacon and Blackcap Hill, with cafe and pubs en-route.

~ Downs Link - along the River Adur, from Shoreham to Upper Beeding and beyond right up to Surrey.

~ Egrets Way - a new route being developed along the River Ouse between Newhaven and Lewes, for walkers, cyclists and more.

 Jugg's Road - historic route between Brighton and Lewes over the downs to take the fish catch to market.

~ Shoreham Beach board walk - a 1 km long route, accessible to all, along the wild shingle beach of this local nature reserve, ending near the historic fort.  

Bio Blog

Walk Your Way to Wellbeing

At this time of year,we are bombarded with adverts for costly gyms, but there’s one form of exercise that won’t cost you a penny that can improve your physical and mental health – walking!

Walking can significantly reduce the risk of several major health conditions by 20-60%, is proven to have great mental health benefits, and provides the chance to make enables social connections also.

There is something especially powerful about walking in nature, promoting a longer life and reduced risk of mental ill health.
The Living Coast is full of opportunities to connect with nature and enjoy the changing seasons, including by taking part in an organised group Healthwalk – check out the Explore The Living Coast interactive map to find one near you!

Brighton & Hove Healthwalks offers 18 free regular walks across the city, as well as special themed walks 
including seasonal ones with The Living Coast to find out more about the world on your doorstep.

So make 2018 the year you get walking full blog

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