TLC Bulletin - May 2017

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!

Thur 4th May - 9.45am-1pm - Newhaven Country Market, Hillcrest Centre

Fri 5th May 10-11.30am - Mr Booth's mini museum explorers - every Friday at Booth Museum, Brighton

Sat 6th May 04.30am! - Dawn Chorus bird walk, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes (LDC)

6th-28th May Brighton Festival - sustainability & recycling are big this year! Read more

Sun 7th May - 8am-9am - Morning Birdsong on Newhaven Cliffs, Newhaven (LDC)

Sat 13th May - 11am-4pm - Sussex Eco Fest, Brighton Open Market

Sat 13th - Sun 14th May - Building Green Roofs course, Brighton

Sun 14th May - 10am-4pm - Food Rocks Lewes, Cliffe High Street

Sat 20th May - 10am-5pm - Festival of Bees - Heathfield Community College

Sat 20th May - 7.30pm-10pm - An evening with Bats - Woods Mill, Henfield (SWT)

Sun 21st May - 10.30am-1pm - Malling Down Magnificent Seven Butterfly Walk, Lewes

Sat 28th May - 3pm-4pm - Illustrated talk on Vert Woods - Linklater Pavilion, Lewes (RLWT)

Fri 9th - Sun 11th June - 10am-4pm - Carbon Conversations Facilitator training course - Brighton (BPEC)

Sun 18th June 10.00-15.00 - Railway Land Summer Festival - Lewes (RLWT)
Volunteers & Jobs

Join the Great British Bee Count 19th May-30th June - Details

Swift survey vols sought by RSPB in Brighton, May-July - Details

FareShare Sussex are recruiting a Volunteer Coordinator - Details

Admin Assistant vacancy at Linklater Pavilion - 2 half days/week. Details

Brighton Energy Co-op seeks a board member experienced in project finance. Details

May 2017

Creating Culture in The Living Coast

Dear <<Name>>

The month of May heralds not only the annual spring outburst of nature, but an explosion of contemporary creative culture with the arrival of the Brighton Festival and Fringe - exciting times!

To mark this spectacle, our focus this month is on how culture reflects our local environment of The Living Coast (TLC) here. Our Bio Blog (below right) by Janita Bagshawe - Head of the Royal Pavilion and Museums in Brighton & Hove - explores the fantastic resources our museums offer to showcase our local natural and cultural heritage - from ancient times through to today. 

Pride of place presently goes to the Constable exhibition
at Brighton Museum, where you can view iconic paintings from his time in Brighton during the 1820s - not to me missed!
Pick up one of their Constable walks leaflets there, and see also our
'WoW' section (below left) to really immerse yourself in the landscape of his day!

For our part we are getting together a new Biosphere Arts working group to explore ideas for innovative projects to connect people with nature here, through which we hope to attract funding to make some of them a reality.

We are also currently seeking to identify a local young adult 'eco-champion' who could represent our UNESCO Biosphere at an international youth forum in Italy in September - applications are invited by next Sunday 7th May latest. Could it be you?

There's loads of cultural and eco-events going on in May, including much to open your eyes through the Brighton Festival and Fringe programmes as well as a great range happening by our Biosphere partners and friends - see our Calendar  (summary list, left) if you are looking for inspiration!  

Lastly, with not one but two bank holiday weekends (plus school half term at the end of the month), you're going to have plenty of opportunity to partake in both culture and nature - check our monthly Nature Now diary for what's going on around us.  

Make the most of May in The Living Coast!
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Following the Footsteps of Constable

The artist John Constable lived in Brighton in 1824-28, where he painted famous works which you can retrace in The Living Coast today at:

~ Madeira Drive, opp Margaret Street - The Chain Pier Brighton, 1826-7, Tate

~ St Ann’s Wells Gardens – Shoreham Bay near Brighton, 1824, Fitzwilliam Museum

Dyke Road, nr the Windmill pub A Windmill near Brighton, 1824, V&A (Vine’s Mill)

~ Sillwood Road, opp Waitrose - The Gothic House, 1824, private collection

~ Blatchington Mill - Blatchington Mill near Brighton, 1825, private collection

~ St Andrews Church, Hove, 1828, V&A



Bio Blog

Unearthing our local Heritage

Our local museums in Brighton & Hove hold evidence for the natural and human history of The Living Coast.

Geological collections are housed
in Brighton and Booth Museums, with the latter containing a nationally important historic collection of birds and other wildlife.


A new archaeology gallery for Brighton Museum is scheduled to open in summer 2018 to reflect human evolution and our local history over the last quarter of a million years!


The Living Coast has also attracted many artists over time, with images at Brighton Museum exploring our history.


Don’t miss the opportunity to see the new Constable exhibition showcasing some of his local paintings at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery on nowread full blog

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