TLC Bulletin - June 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!

Sat 3rd June - 10am-4pm - Wild Parks - Queens Park, Brighton - for 2-12 year old kids, free (RSPB)

Sun 4th June – 2pm-5pm – Puppet-making Lemurs, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes, £3 donation (Railway Land Wildlife Trust)

Weds 7th June - 3-6pm - Brighton Beach Clean for over-50s, Brighton seafront (Marine Conservation Society)

Fri 9th June – 10.30am-11.30am - Mr Booth’s Mini Museum Explorers – Booth Museum - £5 (Brighton Pavilion & Museums)

Sat 10th June – 11am-4pm – Natural Dyeing and Weaving Workshop – Ditchling - £61.80 (Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft)

Sat 10th June - 10am-4pm - Wild Parks - Preston Park, Brighton - for 2-12 year old kids, free (RSPB)

Wed 14th June – 10.30am-12.30pm - Devil's Dyke Wild Food Walk & Talk – £3 (National Trust)

Sat 17th June - 11am - 6 pm - Stanmer Organics open day, Stanmer, £2 donation (SO)

Sun 18th June – 10am-3pm - Railway Land Summer Festival - Lewes - Free (Railway Land Wildlife Trust)

Sat 18th June - 10am-4pm - Wild Parks - Hove Park -  for 2-12 year old kids, free (RSPB)

Sun 18th June - 11am - 4pm - Lewes Railway Land Summer Festival – Linklater Pavilion – Free (Railway Land Wildlife Trust)

Tue 20th June - Devil's Dyke Orchid Walk &Talk – Saddlescombe Farm - £10 (National Trust)

23rd June – 9.45-11.45pm - Night Time Creatures at Castle Hill Newhaven – Free (Lewes District Council)
Volunteers & Jobs

Volunteering opportunities with Brighton & Hove City Council Park Rangers, plus with The Level Restoration Project and from 2018 the Stanmer Restoration Project also. More info

June 2017

Explore the World on Your Doorstep!

Dear <<Name>>

Summer has now truly arrived - check our monthly Nature Now diary for what's going on in the natural world - and we are delighted to unveil a great new information resource to help you to get the most from your local environment of The Living Coast!

We are truly blessed to have such a wealth of natural spaces on our doorsteps, but how many of us know much about where to find them, how to get there, or what we can hope to experience once there?

This has been our rationale to create a new interactive online map for The Living Coast, working with
the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre (SxBRC) - thanks to a grant they secured from Brighton & Hove City Council’s Environmental Sustainability Fund. 
The new map is introduced in this month's Bio Blog (below right) by SxBRC's project manager Clare Blencowe, encouraging you to explore it for yourself and also let us know any feedback on your experience. What are you waiting for?!
See also the
'WoW' section (below left) for our top picks of countryside sites highlights that you can visit, one aspect of the new map.

In other news, we are proud to have been a supporter of the 'eco' category of the Peacock poetry prize for local young people, whose theme this year was 'Everyday Epic' as part of the Brighton Festival. A special prize ceremony was held at the Brighton Dome to celebrate the creativity of all of the children who took part, and to announce the winner: 10 year-old Niko Matthews from Brunswick Primary's poem "Why do people disrespect pigeons?"!

The Brighton Festival and Fringe may now be at an end, but there's loads of eco-events coming up to engage and inspire you - as listed in our burgeoning Calendar (summary list, left) to keep you active.    

Enjoy exploring The Living Coast and all it has to offer!
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Best Places to Be - In the Countryside

Take a look at our top tips for rural gems to explore in The Living Coast at:

~ Devil's Dykethe “grandest view in the world” with an awe-inspiring dry chalk valley

~ Ditchling Beacon – highest point of our Biosphere, on the wildflower-fringed South Downs Way

~ Castle Hill, nr Woodingdean – National Nature Reserve of chalk grassland, next to the ancient Juggs Road

~ Mount Caburn, by Lewes - National Nature Reserve and Iron Age hill fort sited atop chalk grassland by Ouse valley



Bio Blog
Inspiration at your Fingertips

Have you ever wondered where you can find wonderful wildlife habitats, open access land, or other green spaces close to home?

Well now you can discover all of these things and more at the touch of a button!
Dive in to our
new interactive online map for ‘The Living Coast’!

From the comfort of your own home or when you're out and about, you can now plan and enrich your excursions to top locations, urban greenspaces, countryside and marine habitats, and designated sites.

This is a first for making environmental 'info' more accessible to local people like yourself – so please take a look and let us know your feedback by email to

read full blog

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