Biosphere Bulletin - July 2015
Biosphere Here

Nature Now

What's happening in nature this month

& enjoy the
'Butterflies of the Biosphere'

Coming Up...

Biosphere Events in your

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

Sun 5th July (14.00-17.00) - Railway Land Live! Biosphere Festival, Lewes Railway Land (free) (RLWT & Biosphere)

Fri 10th July (12.00-19.00) - Moulsecoomb Forest Garden open day, Brighton (free) (MFG)

Fri 10th July (eve) - Glow worm evening, Hangleton (£18) (book) (SWT)

Sat 11th July (12.00-15.00) - Withdean Woods family day (free) (TWEACK)

Sat 18th July (11.00-13.00) - Bevendean Blues butterflies, Brighton (free) (BC)

Sun 19th July (11.00-13.00) - Pond dipping, Lewes Railway Land (free) (kids) (RSPB)

Fri 24th July (21.30+) - Summer Nights at Whitehawk Hill, Brighton (£5/£2) (pre-book) (BHCC rangers) 

Sun 26th July (10.00-15.00) - Swanborough Hill butterflies, nr Lewes (free) (BC)

Mon 27th-Fri 31st July - Evening Bus Walks, Brighton locations various (email) (BHCC rangers) 


Mon 3rd Aug (10.30-14.30) - Blackcap-Ashcombe butterflies, nr Lewes (free) BC)


Biosphere Here

July 2015

Biosphere Festival & Butterfly Bonanza! 

Dear <<Name>>

Summer is now with us in full flow, so what better way to celebrate the prime season to enjoy our wonderful nature than by a Festival?!
This Sunday afternoon (5th July, 2-5 pm) we are holding a Biosphere Festival at Railway Land in Lewes, which will host an array of nature-themed entertainment - from hands-on activities  and walks to films, music, puppets and digital gaming.
Do join us to have fun in the sun if you can! 

Our Biosphere programme is all about inspiring people to connect with and enjoy the 
world-class environment that we are blessed to have here. The Downs of course offer a beautiful landscape, as well as some incredible chalk grassland bursting with wildflowers and butterflies right now - see our monthly  'Nature Now' web page for more information. However most of us live in urban areas, hence it's vital that our green spaces here also offer habitats for wildlife and places for people to relax and engage with each other and the world about us. 

A pioneering initiaitive to bring nature closer to us is the creation of "butterfly banks" in urban spaces - chalk mounds planted with wild flowers from the local area. The originator of this visionary approach is Dr Dan Danahar of the Big Nature Trust and Dorothy Stringer secondary school in Brighton - who reveals the full story as the guest contributor to this month's Bio Blog (see below). This approach has now been adopted and replicated across many areas of the city by the council under the 'Nature Improvement Area' programme, so that more communities can enjoy a patch of wild nature on their doorsteps.
Dan has also created the '
Butterfliesofthe BiosphereFacebook and video blogging sites to engage us with this beautiful and evocative wildlife group that is flourishing at its peak right now. Because of their attractive nature, butterflies serve as great ambassadors for our local nature but are also valuable indicators of the state of health of our environment, with the public's observations providing an early warning system of our changing land use and climate for example   

Enjoy the summer festival season and the wildlife on the wing,  
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World:
Top Places for Butterflies

Dan Danahar's top tips for the best places to appreciate 'Butterflies of the Biosphere' in our Biosphere area are:

~ Central – Hollingbury & Burstead Woods in Brighton, elusive White-letter Hairstreaks

North – Stanmer Park, search the woods for the Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly

~ East – Malling Down by Lewes, great numbers of Adonis Blues 

South – Coast,
summer migrant butterflies incl. Clouded Yellows and Painted Ladies 

~ West – Mill Hill by Shoreham, Skippers in spring and Blues in summer


Bio Blog

Butterflies in our backyard
by Dan Danahar

For more than ten years I have been on a journey to boost local wildlife and animate people in its understanding and enjoyment. Our original “butterfly haven” created in 2006 on the Surrenden schools campus  has provided a home to hundreds of wild species, engaged thousands of school children, and inspired many more organisations and individuals to get involved in butterfly conservation.

This year I am on a personal journey to look for all 39 butterfly species found within our Biosphere, which represents some 90% of all those found in Sussex. I invite others to share this journey with me through the "Butterflies of the Biosphere" Facebook and YouTube sites
 read full blog

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