Biosphere Bulletin - September 2016
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Nature Now

What's happening in nature this month

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Biosphere Events in your

Please visit our events calendar for full details of all of the events listed below
Sun 11th Sept (10.30-15.30) - Heritage Open Day, Saddlescombe Farm nr Poynings, £2 (NT)

Sat 17th Sept (all day) - Level Best festival, Brighton, free (LCF)

Sundays (x5 sessions) 18th Sept - 16th October - Natural Wellbeing course, Saddlescombe Farm nr Poynings, book £125 (TGP)

Sun 18th Sept (12.00/13.00/14.00) - Beach Clean events, various: Kemptown/Rottingdean/Shoreham, register free

Mon 19th Sept (10.30) - Beach Clean, Brighton, register free 

Wednesdays (x4-5 sessions) 21st/28th Sept - 19th Oct - Nature Tots, Stanmer Park, book £45 (SWT)

Sat-Sun 24-25th Sept (10.30-16.00) - Lewes Fossil Festival, Linklater, Lewes, free


Sun 2nd Oct (10.00-13.00) - Walk to Ditchling Beacon, from Stanmer Park, donation £3+ (GM)

Sun 2nd Oct (11.00-17.00) - Apple Day Brighton, Stanmer Park, free (BPT)

Sun 2nd Oct (11.00-16.00) - Apple Day Ditchling, village green, free (HKDT)

Fri 7th Oct (09.30-15.00) - Fungi Hunt, Devil's Dyke, book £8 (NT)

Fri 14th Oct (09.30-15.00) - Fungi Hunt Pt. 2, Devil's Dyke, book £8 (NT)

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September 2016

Talking the Chalk 

Dear <<Name>>

The Summer holidays are over, and it's now back to work and school for all - but worry not: the weather is staying warm and there's plenty still happening outdoors - check our monthly 'Nature Now' diary to see what our local wildlife is up to.

There's more to our natural environment than just weather and wildlife however! How many of us spare a thought about what's to be found right under our noses, or more precisely below our feet? The earth beneath us is a dynamic force, and so in this sense is alive; and in our Biosphere it's all about the white stuff, we're talking about the chalk! 

In this month's Bio Blog (below right), geologist John Cooper - from the Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton - lifts the lid on this lesser known aspect of nature conservation, and tells the fascinating story of how the chalk came about an age ago - back in the time of the dinosaurs in fact!

As such, numerous fossils have been unearthed within our local chalk, and so helped to develop the sciences of geology and palaeontology by Victorian scholars such as Gideon Mantell from Lewes. To celebrate this, get along and enjoy lots of dino-related fun for all the family at the Lewes Fossil Festival over the weekend of 24-25th September - don't miss it!

And if rocks and bones really don't float your boat, then why not get involved in the annual Great British Beach Clean the previous weekend (16-19th September), in one of the local clear-ups of our beautiful coastline? Take a look too at the Biosphere
Calendar of eco-events (summary list, left) for the lowdown on everything else that's happening this month!  

Rock on! 
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Chalk Rocks!

Great places you can visit in our Biosphere area to appreciate our local geology include:

~ Peacehaven-Newhaven chalk cliffs - our most natural stretch of coast, part of a nationally important site (SSSI)

~ Brighton-Saltdean, Undercliff walk - take the trail from behind Brighton Marina of the SSSI here 

~ Southerham chalk pits by Lewes - a rich collection of fossils has been found at three old quarries protected as geological SSSIs

~ Devil's Dyke, nr Brighton - the largest dry chalk valley in the UK, reputedly created by the devil rather than the last Ice Age!

Bio Blog

What Lies Beneath? 

Our care of the local environment rightly focuses on its thin living surface where wildlife lives and thrives, and where we humans carve out our lives. But geologists look a little deeper than this, seeking the root causes of what we see expressed on the surface – informed by knowledge of what lies beneath. And here in our Biosphere that means Chalk!

There's nothing more beautiful than a pristine Chalk landscape, but with our growing need to cope with a hungry and thirsty population and all it demands we must take care to look after our natural heritage…read full blog

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