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TLC Bulletin - April 2018

Nature Now

What's happening in nature this month
 



Coming Up...


Events in your
Environment 


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


April
 
Thur 5th April, 12.30pm-2pm - Women's Wellbeing Sketch Walk, Hove Seafront. Free

Fri 13th April, 2pm-5pm - Signs of Spring children's activity day, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes. Free

Sat 14th April, 10am-midday - Mayor's Charity Walk Route Clean-Up, Woodingdean. Free

Wed 18th April, 10am-midday - Wildflower Sowing at Preston Park, Brighton. Free

Sat-Sun 21st-22nd April - Eco Open Houses, Worthing, Lancing and Shoreham. Free

Sun 22nd April, 2.30-4.30pm - Wild Medicine Walk, Hollingbury & Burstead woods. £10/£8 concessions

Sun 22nd April, 10.30am-4pm - Saddlescombe Farm Open Day, near Brighton. £7.50 adult, £3 child, family rates

Thur 26th April, 11am-1pm - Spring in The Living Coast Walk, Stanmer Park. Free (TLC)

Sat 28th April, 9.30am-6.30pm - Mayor's Charity Walk around Brighton & Hove, Saltdean to Portslade sections, £6, kids free.
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May

Sun 6th May, 10.30am-4.30pm - Beach Clean Festival, Rottingdean. Free

Wed 23rd May, 9am-5pm - Young Nature-Based Practitioners' Training Open Day, Lewes. Free

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Volunteers, Jobs & Opportunities
 
Job vacancy at Eating Better
The Eating Better alliance, working to "transform the way we eat, for a fair, green and healthy future", is seeking a new Executive Director. More info
 
Sustainability Project Officer vacancy at Brighton & Hove City Council
You’ll deliver a range of strategic sustainability projects, with a particular focus on energy and clean growth, major projects and planning policy. Deadline 15th April. More info
 
Local Wildlife Sites Officer vacancy at Sussex Wildlife Trust
Establish a functioning Local Wildlife Sites system for Sussex. Deadline 15th April. More info

RSPB Brighton Swift Survey 2018 – call for volunteers
New volunteers required to join RSPB’s group of experienced surveyors from last year’s successful city-wide survey to build on the data gathered last year and to work to protect and expand existing colonies. More info

Wildflower Lewes monitoring volunteers
Are you interested to help Wildflower Lewes to monitor the success of wildflower planting projects around the town? Attend the Volunteers’ Gathering at Linklater Pavilion on April 6th 19.30-21.00, RSVP wholelifefood@gmail.com


Pollinator count survey volunteers
Can you help out with national surveys to count pollinating insects? The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (POMS) needs the public to help by spending  10 mins on a ‘FIT’ Count – more info 
 If you’re really keen, they are looking for a volunteer(s) to sample insect pollinators on 4 separate days on the downs north of Brighton – more info

April 2018

'Get on yer bike' this Spring!

Dear <<Name>>

Yes the Spring is now with us, albeit somewhat slower and later than usual this year! Check our monthly Nature Now diary to see what's happening now outdoors. And what better way to enjoy the natural wonders of the new season than by bike, or on a hike? 

Cycling is the theme of this month's e-newsletter, for which we've teamed up with the new popular BTN BikeShare scheme to inspire you to explore Brighton and beyond by bike this Spring. Read our Bio Blog (excerpt below right) by Liz Naven from the "Life Bikes" for ideas of where your rides could take you, and for news of this successful and sustainable initiative.

If you're after ideas for more challenging rides beyond the confines of the city instead, then take a look at our 'WoW' section (below left) for a selection of our favourite adventure rides in The Living Coast.

We also invite you to join us with our friends at Brighton Housing Trust for our big charitable event of the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge to be held on Sunday 1st July at Preston Park in Brighton. Have a read of our Spotlight on "Get on yer bike!" for the lowdown on the event, including details of our
two beautiful rides Around The Living Coast and how to register to participate and raise money for your chosen good cause.

If all this talk of biking really isn't your thing, then perhaps hiking is? If so, you can get involved in a couple of walks towards the end of this month: a stroll through Stanmer woods on Thursday 26th April to enjoy our 'Spring in The Living Coast walk', and the new Brighton & Hove Way on the Mayor's Charity walk on Saturday 28th April. 

Of course there are many other types of eco-event happening this month that you can get involved in, as featured in our online Calendar (selected summary list, left).
And last but not least, there are several new job and volunteer opportunities that you may be interested in (see bottom left).
 
Wishing you fun biking and hiking in The Living Coast this Spring!
    
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Adventure Rides

Some of our favourite more adventurous rides in The Living Coast (see interactive map) include:

~ Stanmer Park to Ditchling Beacon – on bridleways  up from Stanmer village, with option to return from the South Downs Way and via Streathill farm. (9 miles return)
 
~ Devil’s Dyke trail – traffic-free easy access paths along the old railway line from Hangleton or next to the Dyke road from the A27 (4 miles return)
 
~ Falmer to Rottingdean off-road – path up to Woodingdean, and then bridleways via Castle Hill NNR and Balsdean to the coast. (5 miles 1-way)
 
Shoreham to Bramber – Downs Link – riverside path that follows River Adur. (4 miles 1-way)
 
~ Shoreham to Newhaven
National Cycle Route 2 – follows the south coast on a mix of cycle paths and roads. (16 miles 1-way)
 
~ Biosphere Boundary ride! – register for our charitable ride on Sunday 1st July, when you can cycle the Classic or Devil’s Dyke Loop routes. (58 or 30 miles)

Bio Blog

I like to ride my bicycle...

What better way to enjoy all that Brighton (and beyond) has to offer than by getting on a BTN BikeShare bike and exploring The Living Coast this Spring?

450 of the vibrant turquoise bikes have been stationed across 56 hubs in Brighton & Hove. The bikes are for everyone: from seasoned cyclists and bike commuters to casual riders and absolute beginners.
 
This award-winning scheme has been gladly welcomed - since its launch in September 2017 there have been upwards of 22,000 users making over 120,000 trips!


BTN BikeShare has made cycling accessible and affordable, encouraging  people to have a positive impact on the planet and their health.
 
There are loads of places you could explore this spring, from the seafront to the city’s renowned parks. So why not jump on a Life Bike this Spring, and enjoy all that The Living Coast has ...
read full blog

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