Biosphere Bulletin - October 2014
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 Coming Up...

Biosphere Events in your

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


Sat-Sun 25-26th October - Eco Open Houses, Brighton & Hove (free)

Sat 26th October - Sun 2nd November (10.00-16.00) - Spring Barn Spooktacular, Kingston Rd nr Lewes, (£)

Mon 27th October (19.00-20.30) - Biosphere Ditchling talk, Ditchling village hall (free) (BLD Biosphere)

Weds 29th October (12.00-14.30) - Soup and Stomp, Hangleton (free) (BHCC A4L)

Fri 31st October (10.30-12.00) - Beach Explorers, Ovingdean kids 5-11 yrs (free, book) (SWT)

Sat 1st November (10.00-16.00) - Sussex Sea Life course, Southwick (£30/£42) (SWT)

Sun 2nd November (12.30-15.30) - Greenway clear-up day, New England quarter, Brighton 

Fri 14th November (eve) - Pizza quiz night, Ditchling (£7.50, fundraiser) (HKDT)

Sun 16th November (14.00-16.00) - Fungi-Lichen Foray, Stanmer Park  
(families, free) (RSPB)
Fri 21st November (eve) - Wine-tasting pub quiz, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes (£17, fundraiser) (BC Sussex)


Biosphere Here

October 2014

Dear <<Name>>

Half-term Holidays & Bee part of the Ivy League...

Our prolonged Indian summer has  finally given way to autumn, so we now have a fresh season to enjoy the abundant natural interest that our Biosphere area offers.

Seasonality is one of the main ways that we connect with the world around us, so we have added a monthly round-up of natural happenings "out there" to our new improved events calendar
The calendar now includes full details of a broad variety of local environment events, a summary (only) of which is provided on the adjacent side bar here. These include a number of wild activities to keep the children engaged during school half-term next week and beyond. 

To help you get even more from our Biosphere, you can now explore our area through our new digital map as well as be inspired to visit the great outdoors through our new visitor campaign in association with Visit Brighton.
We'd also love to hear from you "What does our Biosphere mean to you?". Your perspective could then feature on our website alongside the views of other 'Friends of the Biosphere'

Lastly, what is and how can you "bee part of the ivy league"?!
Read the piece below and blog by our guest contributor, Professor Francis Ratnieks of the University of Sussex, to find out - how can you both appreciate and support the ivy that keeps our precious bees buzzing in the autumn months. 

Enjoy the season!

Chris Todd (Chair) & Rich Howorth (Officer)
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World:
Autumn Insects on Ivy

Witness a last flurry of wildlife activity by enjoying a moment in the sun next to some flowering ivy, which can be found throughout our Biosphere area at present:

Honey bees - the most common pollinating insect to be found

~ Hover flies - mimics of bees, but lacking their narrow waist

~ Red admirals - the commonest butterfly still active late in the year

~ Holly blues - whose caterpillars feed on ivy and burrow in to the flowerheads

Bio Blog

Bee part of the Ivy League!

The ‘LASI’ team at the University of Sussex has some fascinating bee stories to share!
Ivy is one of the few  plants that blooms in the autumn, making it the most important source of nectar and pollen for insects. Spend a moment observing flowering ivy in the sunshine and you will see a buzz of insect activity,  which this LASI slideshow will help you to identify.
Ivy really is worth its weight in gold for our wildlife, so before you tidy up your garden please spare some ivy so that wildlife can prosper in your backyard and beyond…
read the full blog

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