Biosphere Bulletin - February 2016
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Nature Now

What's happening in nature this month

Coming Up...

Biosphere Events in your

Please visit our events calendar for full details of all of the events listed below
Fri 5th Feb (16.30) - Backstage at the Booth, Brighton (£15) (15+ age) (ScienceFest)

Sat 6th Feb (10.00-16.00) - Sussex Biological Recorders' seminar, Hassocks (£) (SBRC)

Sat 6th Feb (10.00-15.00) - Seedy Saturday Lewes, Town Hall, Lewes (£1) (CC)

Sat 6th Feb (19.00-22.00) - Booth Museum pub quiz, Brighton (£25 per table) (18+ age) (ScienceFest)

Sun 7th Feb (10.30-16.30) - Seedy Sunday, Corn Exchange, Brighton (£)

Weds 10th Feb (10.00) - Castle Hill bird walk, Newhaven (free) (RSPB)

Thurs 11th Feb (19.00) - Organic gardening AGM & wildlife talk, Brighton (free) (BHOGG)

Fri 12th Feb (10.30-12.30) - Newhaven flora stroll, Newhaven-Piddinghoe (free) (SDS) 

Sat-Sun 13-14th Feb (10.00-17.00) - Bright Sparks family science weekend, Hove Park school, Hove (£6, £21 family) (ScienceFest)  

Mon 15th Feb (18.00, 20.00) - Tentacular Spectacular, SeaLife centre, Brighton (£6) (ScienceFest)

Tues 16th Feb (10.00-15.00) - Wildlife Rangers, kids (12-16), Stanmer Park (£) (SWT)

Thurs 18th Feb (10.45/11.45) - Undersea Explorers, kids (7-11) £14) (SWT)

Fri-Sun 19th-21st Feb - Trash or Treasure family DIY sci-art sessions, ONCA gallery, Brighton (free) (ONCA)

Sat 20th Feb (10.00) - Tide Mills nature walk, Newhaven (free) (RSPB)

Sat-Sun 27-28th Feb (09.30-18.00) - Big Science Weekend talks, (£9/6) (16+ age) (ScienceFest)


Weds 2nd March (10.30-12.30) - Devil's Dyke magical history tour walk (free) (SDS)

Tues/Weds (10.00- 12.00) x 4 weeks in March - Nature Tots sessions, Woods Mill (kids 3-5 yrs old) (£36) (SWT)

Thursdays x 8 weeks March-April - Grow mental wellbeing sessions, Downs nr Brighton (GROW)

Thurs 17th March (11.00) - Racehill Orchard walk, Whitehawk (free) (BHFP)

Fri-Sun 18-20th March - WhaleFest, Brighton Centre (£) (WF)


Biosphere Here

February 2016

The Appliance of Science!

Dear <<Name>>

Science, its use and understanding, is the theme of this month's bulletin, in celebration of the tenth anniversary year of the Brighton Science Festival - which runs throughout this month and has great events to engage you in the wonders of our world!
Plus of course it's school Half-Term in the middle of this month, for which there's lots of eco-activities of both a scientific and less cerebral nature going on -  check our 
calendar (list, left) to see what inspires you! 

In this month's Bio Blog (below right), the director of the Brighton Science Festival, Richard Robinson, makes a passionate plea for why science has such an important role to play in our lives and in particular their mission to engage local teenagers and families in it.
Indeed we have a long legacy of 'natural scientists' 
in our Biosphere - take a look at the 'WoW' section (below left) to get to know a few of our famous historical scientific figures a bit better.

Science is far too important to leave solely to the professionals, and it's not just for kids either! We can all play a role as "citizen scientists", as we encouraged you to do in January's Biosphere bulletin to take part in the world's biggest wildlife survey: the RSPB's 'Big Garden Birdwatch' (don't forget to submit your sightings from the weekend!).

Science plays a critical role in our Biosphere's objectives - to better manage our environment, our development alongside it, and our understanding of our relationship to the world about us. We work closely with both our local universities of Brighton and Sussex, as Biosphere partners, to encourage research that we can actively use to further our aim of creating a 'world-class environment' here. As a first step towards this, we have just launched a Biosphere Research Directory web map to document the local projects that are of both scientific and public interest. 

And if you need a break from all this scientific activity to 'get back to nature', look no further than our monthly 'Nature Now' diary entry to spur on your outdoors activity!

Have a super-scientific February!   
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Natural Scientists

A number of famous 'natural scientists' have been active in our Biosphere area since the early days of science, including:

~ Richard Russell (1687-1759) - the founder of health benefits from the seaside, leading to Brighton's tourism 

~ Gideon Mantell (1790-1852) - also from Lewes, an early geologist and the first dinosaur fossil hunter!  

~ Edward Booth (1840-1890) - a classic Victorian collector of birds who exhibited them in replicas of their natural habitats 

~ Magnus Volk (1851-1937) - a pioneering electrical engineer who created the world's longest-running electric railway and the famous 'daddy long legs' marine vehicle (see pic)




Bio Blog

Appliance of Science 

Science is a big deal for our Biosphere. Without local and applied scientific research on how our world works here, we won't have the essential tools we need - to be able to manage our environment and promote a positive and productive relationship of us people with it.

Beyond the academic and technical work that takes place in our local universities, there's a real need to engage 'normal' people (not just scientific 'nerds'!) with the nature of the world around us, so that we all have an understanding and a stake in it.

Enter the annual Brighton Science festival, now in its tenth year - the best way to discover
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