Biosphere Bulletin - May 2014
Biosphere Here

 Coming Up...

Biosphere Bodies'
events in your

MAY 2014
Sat 31st May (19.30) - Origins of the Apple film
Brighthelm Centre, Brighton (£5)
JUNE 2014

Sat 7th June (21.30)  - Summer Nights nature eve 
Wilson Avenue, Whitehawk

Sun 8th June (14.00) - South Downs Butterflies
Malling Downs/Lewes

until Sun 8th June - Harbour and Shore photo exhibition (Adur Festival)
Carat's Cafe, Southwick

Tues 10th June (18.00) - Orchid Safari
Wolstonbury Hill, nr Clayton (£3 book)

Weds 11th June (pm) - UNESCO decision on our Biosphere bid!

Weds 11th June (20.45) - Bat walk
Withdean Woods, Brighton (book)

Sat 14th June (10.00-18.00) - Loving our Level day
The Level, Brighton (meet Biosphere team & sheep!)

Sun 22nd June (11.00-17.00) - Sussex Festival of Nature
Stanmer Park, nr Brighton (big celebration, incl Biosphere games)

Thurs 26th- Fri 27th June - EcoTech Show
Brighton Centre
JULY 2014
Fri 4th July (21.30) - Summer Nights nature eve
Ladies Mile, Brighton

Sat 5th July (10.30) - Tree Walk
Newtimber Hill, nr Pyecombe (£3 book)

Sun 6th July - TrashFest
Railway Land nature reserve, Lewes

Fri 11th - Sun 13th July - Secret Wildlife Festival
Barcombe, nr Lewes (£60/£25)

Biosphere Here

May 2014

Dear <<Name>>

"Biosphere - it's nearly here...!"
We are now very close to our goal of being recognised as a new World Biosphere site, part of a global network of more than 600 sites in over a hundred countries around the world!

We hope that this will be the positive outcome of six years’ dedicated effort by many different local bodies and individuals, including yourself as one of almost 1,500 'Friends of the Biosphere' - thank you in advance for your support in helping our local environment to take a place on the world stage!

Since we submitted our Biosphere bid to the United Nations body UNESCO in September last year, we have received favourable feedback and so are keeping everything crossed for their expected decision in less than two weeks' time (11th June), when they meet in Sweden to award the prestigious accolade to new proposed areas worldwide.

Once approved, our Biosphere will be the first completely new site in the UK in almost forty years, as well as being the only such area in south-east England and one of only a handful that include major urban settlements worldwide.  

Our aim is to be "a world-class environment", not just in name but also in nature, by bringing the three environments here of downs, towns and coast together under a flagship initiative to not only look after and improve the natural environment, but also better engage people in the nature on their doorsteps and promote action to reduce the environmental impacts of our lifestyles.

We hope to see you at the Sussex Festival of Nature (formerly called 'Spingwatch') at Stanmer Park on Sunday 22nd June to join in the festivities and help us to celebrate our local environment as a new international Biosphere site. Fingers crossed!  

Chris Todd (Chair)
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World:

There are many great places in our Biosphere area, where colourful wildflowers grow in profusion - especially in chalk downland where as many as 40 different plants can be found in a square metre of turf!

Beautiful flowers to look out for include:
Round-headed Rampion - the 'Pride of Sussex'
Lady's Bedstraw - sweet-scented bedding
Bird's foot Trefoil - "eggs & bacon" colours 

~ Orchids e.g. Pyramidal - triangle-shaped
Ox-eye Daisies - giant versions of the lawn type

UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves

There are 621 sites across 117 countries that presently make up UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves, “sites of excellence” that bring nature and people closer together by balancing the needs of both. 
Existing UK sites include:
England -
North Devon
Wales - Dyfi
Scotland - Galloway & Southern Ayrshire

There are 16 potential new sites being considered alongside ours this year, in locations as diverse as tropical forest areas in South America, lakes and river catchments in Myanmar and Serbia, and mountain ranges in Japan, Malaysia, Italy and France.

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