TLC Bulletin - June 2018

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!


Sun 3rd June, 11am-12.30pm - Beach Clean for World Oceans Day, Ovingdean. (TDBEV)
Mon 4th June, 7.30pm-9pm - Supporting Local Food meet-up, Ditchling. Free. (HKDT)
Fri 8th June, 4pm-7pm - Silent Disco Beach Clean for World Oceans Day, Madeira Drive, Brighton 

Sat 9th June, 10am-midday - Morning Wildlife Walk, 'Woods Mill at 50' anniversary weekend. Free. (SWT)

Fri 15th June, 6.30pm-9.30pm - Albatross the Film screening, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton

Sat 16th June, 10am-3pm - Newhaven Fish Fair and Children's Parade, West Quay. Free. (NTC)

Sun 17th June, 10.30am-1.30pm - Father's Day den building and campfire, Saddlescombe Farm. £12. (NT)

Tue 19th June, 10.30am-1.30pm - Orchid Walk and Talk, Saddlescombe Farm, £10. (NT)
Sat 23rd June, 12pm-5pm - Ovingdean Green Festival, Ovingdean. Free
Sat 30th June, 10am-6pm - Beacon Hub summer celebration, Rottingdean. Donation (BHB)

Sun 1st July, 7am-7pm - Around the World Cycle Challenge, Preston Park Velodrome, £5-£25. (BHT/TLC)
Tue 3rd July, 10.30am-12.30pm - Summer in The Living Coast Healthwalk, Castle Hill. Free. (BHCC/TLC)
Sat 7th July, 11am-2pm - Bug Hunt Safari, Devil's Dyke. Free. (NT)
Sun 22nd July, 11am-2.30pm - Butterflying on Newtimber Hill. £10. (NT)
See our bulletin board for details of latest opportunities (outline below):
Brighton Swift City Urban Nature Caseworker - RSPB is looking for someone in Brighton & Hove to monitor planning applications to offer opportunities for nesting spaces for Swifts. More info
Good with money? - Brighton Permaculture Trust is looking to appoint a finance trustee, who also knows about permaculture. More info

Team PollinATE - Food growers are sought to join this citizen science project to collect data on food growing and pollinators in Brighton & Hove. More info

June 2018

What can We do for the World's Oceans?

Dear <<Name>>

Summertime is here, with lots of sunshine (and showers!) and nature for us to enjoy - see our monthly Nature Now diary and our Explore TLC interactive map (with new location function!) for inspiration - and the chances are that we'll be spending some down time on our lovely seaside. 

This month we focus on looking after our seas, with World Oceans Day taking place on Friday 8th June as a reminder of their importance and the challenges they face for us to celebrate and take action respectively. Have a read of our latest Bio Blog (excerpt below right) by local marine champion Atlanta Cook to learn more about what is happening and what more we can all do to address the great challenge of plastic pollution of our seas.

When you're next down by Brighton's Palace Pier, do take a moment to drop in to the new Brighton Dolphin Project Discovery Centre run by our Biosphere partner the World Cetacean Alliance.

And make time also for a spot of summer rock-pooling on our nationally important chalk reef eastwards of Brighton marina - check the 'WoW' section (below left) for our top tips on how to enjoy it safely and what creatures you might find!

Being the summer season, there's loads of great eco-events now happening - see our online Calendar for full information (selected summary list, left). These include multiple free events to mark the 50th anniversary of Woods Mill nature reserve of the Sussex Wildlife Trust - have a look at our 'Spotlight' article to learn more of the activities and wildlife on offer there. There's also still time to sign up for our charitable cycle ride 'Around The Living Coast' on Sunday 1st July - your Biosphere needs you now for this!

as a valued 'Friend of The Living Coast' please be aware of our new privacy policy, setting out how we look after your personal data in line with data protection rules.    
Enjoy our seaside this summer!
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Rock Pool Life

A protected biodiverse chalk reef runs along much of the shoreline of The Living Coast (see interactive map) at places such as Ovingdean Gap, with intertidal rock pools full of fascinating life such as:

~ Strawberry Anenome (pic above) - variable red colour with green spots like strawberry pips

~ Common Whelk - large edible mollusc, whose  distinctive egg cases clusters are found on strand lines

~ L
impet - small conical shells, whose teeth have the strongest known natural material!

Remember! - take care of both reef life and yourself, by:

- wearing non-slip shoes

- being mindful of  where you tread

- always putting any animals and stones back where you found them



Bio Blog

Why World Oceans Day?

Every second breath we take into our lungs comes to us from the world’s oceans and seas. World Oceans Day on June 8th raises awareness of the crucial role that the sea plays for life, with this year’s theme being the Plastic Pollution Crisis and how we can all address it.

Brighton & Hove has a vibrant community of ‘Mermaids & Mermen’ working tirelessly to inform and educate people about marine pollution issues. The city has achieved #1stPlasticFreeCity status and become an approved Plastic Free Coastlines Community’ - to encourage a few small lifestyle changes that can have a huge positive impact on the oceans. 

We can all make 3 small changes to our individual plastic consumption that will have a ‘ripple effect’ more widely on our ‘Plastic Soup’ problem:  Reduce, Refuse, Reuse & full blog

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