Biosphere Bulletin - May 2015
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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


Fri 15th May (10.00-12.30) - Butterflies of the South Downs walk, Malling Down, Lewes (SWT, free)

Fri 15th May (19.00) - Railway Land AGM talks, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes (free) (RLWT)
Sat-Sun 16-17th May (10.00-18.00) – 'Water Matters' (Gauge meets Biosphere) weekend, Circus Street Market, Brighton (Festival event, free)

Sun 17th May (12.00-16.00) - Mackerel Fayre, Fishing Museum, Brighton

Fri 22nd May (15.00-17.30) - Orchid Afternoon, Lewes (free) (SWT)

Fri-Mon 22-25th May - ElderFlower Fields family festival, Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest (£) (EFF)

Sun 24th May (13.30) - Grasshopers & Butterflies at Mil Hill, nr Shoreham (free) (RSPB)

Tues 26th May (10.00-15.00) - Wildlife Rangers, Brighton (12-16 year olds)  (£10) (SWT)

Weds 27th May (14.45-16.45) - Undersea Explorers, Brighton swimming centre (donations) (SWT)

Sun 7th June (10.00-13.00) - Wolstonbury orchid safari (book, £3) (NT)

Thurs-Fri 11-12th June (09.30-16.30) - EcoTechnology Show, Amex stadium, Falmer (free) (ETS)

Sat 13th June (13.00-17.00) - One Planet City photography awards & workshops, Jubilee Library, Brighton (adults, free) (FotoDocument)


Biosphere Here

May 2015

The Art of Nature

Dear <<Name>>

Both Art and Nature are incredibly active in our Biosphere in this most vibrant month of May, with life bursting forth from every space in terms of both ecology (see our monthly nature calendarand culture - through the Brighton Festival.

The focus of this 
e-news edition is inspired by one of the principal themes of the Brighton Festival this year: the relationship between Art and Nature. We are thus proud to be collaborating with a variety of  performances that are truly innovative in nature:

Gauge (Circus Street market) - a sonically orchestrated playground of investigation into weather, water and scale!
& Water Matters – Gauge meets Biosphere - a weekend of family fun featuring our Minecraft water world and a daily discussion

Dawn Chorus (Fabrica, Duke Street) - film installation by Marcus Coates using unique digital methods linking birds and people

A Murmuration (ONCA, St. George's Place) - multimedia installation framed around bird observation, migration and peoples' freedom

Bringing the two themes of art and nature together, LIz Whitehead - co-director of the Fabrica gallery and Biosphere board member - writes on the theme of "art for change" in this month's Bio Blog (below).

We are probably unique in UNESCO's global network of World Biosphere Regions, in possessing not only a rich diversity of nature but also such a wealth of cultural creativity on our doorstep.

Make time to enjoy both this month!
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World:
Environmental Art

There are a range of permanent environmental art installations, as well as current exhibitions, to explore in our Biosphere area, such as:

~ Fingermaze at Hove Park, based on a giant's fingerprint (see above) 

~ Heart of Reeds  wetland, at Lewes Railway Land

~ 'Reverse Graffiti', eco-sprayed on Brighton walls for our Biosphere

~ 'Butterfly Banks', chalk wildflower banks around Brighton & Hove 

~ One Planet City photographic exhibition, across Brighton & Hove

~ Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, at Brighton Museum

Bio Blog

Art for Change 

The arts are one of our city’s precious resources, in terms of developing our city’s reputation and revenue certainly – but equally by helping us to encounter and understand complex situations and questions about ourselves, and the world around us.

Feeling, understanding, empathising, being able to imagine yourself…these are the prerequisites to changing attitudes and behaviours.

Our current behaviour - as individuals, families and communities - is a big part of the challenge to live more sustainably in our Biosphere.

It is our interest - the majority - which must be engaged, including through the arts, if we and other species are to thrive
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