Biosphere Bulletin - September 2015
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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

Fri 4th Sept (20.00) - Evening Bat walk, Hollingbury & Burstead Woods (free) (FHBW/BHCC)

Sat-Sun 5th-6th Sept (10.00-17.00) - Into The Trees festival, Pippingford (£8/5) (SoSussex)

Sat 5th Sept (10.30-12.30) - Discovery Cycle Ride - Adur Wildlife, Shoreham (free) (SDNPA/AOAC)

Sun 6th Sept - Introduction to Beekeeping course, Falmer (£75)

Sun 13th Sept (10.30-15.30) - Heritage Open Day, Saddlescombe Farm (free) (NT)

Fri 18th Sept (20.30) - Summer Nights wildlife watch, Beacon Hill, Rottingdean (£5 req, book) (BHCC rangers)

Sat 19th Sept (10.30-12.30) - Discovery Cycle Ride - Downs Photography, Shoreham (free) (SDNPA/AOAC)

Sat 19th Sept (11.00-13.30) - Beach Clean - Shoreham Beach (FOSB)

Sun 20th Sept (11.00-12.00) - Beach Clean - Ovingdean, meet by cafe

Sat-Sun 19-20th Sept (10.30-16.00) - Apple Pressing, Linklater, Lewes (free) (RLWT)

Sun 20th Sept (14.30-16.00) - Bumblebee & Wildlife walks, Linklater, Lewes (free) (RLWT)

Fri 25th Sept (09.30-16.00) - Next Level Thinking business conference, Brighton Uni, Falmer (£45)

Sat 26th Sept (10.00-16.00) - Lewes 2030 public event, Linklater, Lewes (free) (CES)

Sun 27th Sept (11.00-17.00) - Apple Day, Stanmer Park (free) (BPT)

Sat 3rd Oct (13.00-16.00) - Big Nature in the Biosphere! family event, Brighton Centre (free) (BLD Biosphere/BN)

Sun 4th Oct (11.00-16.00) - Apple Day Ditchling, village green (free) (HKDT)

Weds 7th Oct (19.00) - Bumblebees talk, Brighton (£3) (BHOGG)

Fri-Sat 16-17th Oct - Lewes Light festival, Linklater/Lewes (free) (incl BLD Biosphere)


Biosphere Here

September 2015

Fruit-Full Fancies 

Dear <<Name>>

Summer is officially at an end, and it's back to work and school for all. But don't despair! There's still plenty going on in the natural world about us (see 'Nature Now'), plus it's harvest time for the Fruits of the season - a time of great abundance! 

Beyond the great opportunities for wild foraging in our Biosphere - think Blackberries along hedgerows and road verges - there's also of course the age-old favourite of the Apple, and the two go perfectly together in crumbles!

The incredible natural history of the humble Apple is unearthed in this month's Bio Blog (below right) by guest contributor Bryn Thomas of the Brighton Permaculture Trust, together with the amazing work they have done in recent years to bring back the many traditional apple varities of Sussex and establish new orchards (see 'WoW' section, below left) for the benefit of the public, as well as wildlife too
During the last month our pioneering schemes to bring more nature to urban green spaces - putting nature at the heart of peoples' lives in our Biosphere - have attracted much media interest and positive acclaim: both for our 'Bee Bed' at The Level park and our new 'Butterfly Bank' in Brighthelm Gardens. Do visit these new wild spaces whilst they're still blooming 

Meanwhile we're busy planning a grand event at the Brighton Centre on Saturday 3rd October to showcase how people can 'green up' their own spaces: Big Nature in the Biosphere: A practical guide for all, to create new nature habitats - please get it in your diary. This will be followed by the PEA Awards - People, Environment, Achievement - a grand evening celebration that celebrates outstanding environmental action across the board. We hope to see some of our local eco-heroes recognised there! 

Wishing you a fruit-full September,   
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Community Orchards

Almost 50 orchards have been established in publicly accessible community spaces and schools over the last decade by the Brighton Permaculture Trust (see blog right) and others:  

~ Stanmer host to National Collection of Sussex apples (above)

~ Racehill, Whitehawk - a large-scale community growing project

~ Ditchling - a young but popular community project 

~ Big Park, Peacehaven - a new planting project by local people

~ Buckingham Park, Shoreham - a school grounds initiative




Bio Blog

All About Apples

Not so long ago, orchards of all kinds of fruit trees were a common sight in the fields and gardens of England. These orchards formed a valued part of everyday lives and livelihoods, but many have been lost in recent decades.

Orchards are part of the character of our Biosphere, provide important places for wildlife including pollinating insects, are places people can enjoy and can provide an abundance of fruit.

Now is the time to re-establish orchards as a living resource accessible to everyone! You too can plant one of these wonderful Sussex apple tree varieties in your garden, school grounds, community garden,
 read full blog

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