Biosphere Bulletin - December 2014
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Please visit our events calendar for full details of all of the events listed below


Sun 7th December (13.30-15.30) - Wintering birds on the River Adur walk,  Shoreham-by-sea, for families (RSPB)

Sun 7th December (14.00-17.00) - Surplus Sunday Roast, One Church Brighton (Real Junk Food Project)

Weds 10th December (11.00-15.00) - Whitehawk Orchard walk, Brighton (Racehill)

Sat 13th December - Shoreham Festive Food Market, Shoreham-by-sea

Sun 21st December - Winter Solstice & 'Burning of the Clocks', Brighton (6.30 pm, Madeira Drive)

Mon 22nd December (10.00-13.00) - Xmas Wreath walk, Saddlescombe Farm (£6/3) (NT)

Sun 11th January (10.00-13.00) - Wolstonbury in Winter walk, Clayton (£3) (NT)

Thu 22nd January (19.30-21.00) - 'The Urban Birder' talk, BHASVIC, Brighton (£3) (RSPB) 

Sat 31st January (10.00-16.00) - Family Archaeology Day, Brighton Museum (free!) (Whitehawk Project)

Sun 1st February (10.30-16.30) - Seedy Sunday (incl Biosphere talk), Brighton Corn Exchange (£) 


Thursdays (10.00-15.00) - Youth Rangers volunteer group (16-25 year olds), Brighton (Sussex Wildlife Trust) 

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December 2014

Dear <<Name>>

Wild Walks & Winters Past

Winter is finally here, after much mild and damp weather, and the festive season is fast approaching to take us through the long nights. Beyond the feasting and celebration shared with family and friends, hopefully you'll also make space for the tradition of a festive walk in the great outdoors.  

If you're in need of some inspiration on places to enjoy, then now you need look no further than the "Best of Our Biosphere" interactive map for ideas. This includes a 'Top Ten' of our favourite places that we recommend to visit our Biosphere. Where would you suggest are the best places to enjoy our area? Drop us a line to let us know.

In addition to your own walks, you can take part in a range of guided walks with local experts to discover more about what makes us a world-class environment. Take a look at our events calendar of 'natural happenings' - an outline of which can be found in the blue panel to the left. Wild walks range from the coast to the downs, plus there's a variety of other winter activities to enjoy our local food, culture and history. 

Many traditions are associated with mid-winter, some of which date far beyond the modern-day Christmas right back to the very first peoples who settled here. Our guest contributor, archaeologist Jon Sygrave, reveals all in the Bio Blog below about the practices and the challenges that our early Stone Age ancestors faced at this time of year, as the first farmers at Whitehawk. Have a look below too at some of the other ancient sites found in our Biosphere - from Prehistory to Roman times - good places to base a winter walk around! 

Wishing you a wonderful winter festive season,
Chris Todd (Chair) & Rich Howorth (Officer)
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World:
Ancient Sites

The remains of civilisations from past periods of our Biosphere area can be appreciated at:

~ Paleolithic (pre-10,000 BC) 
- Black Rock raised beach (Ice Age)

~ Neolithic (4000-2300 BC) - Whitehawk Hill and Offham Hill

~ Iron Age (700 BC-43 AD) - Hollingbury Hill and Ditchling Beacon

~ Roman (43-450 AD) - Southwick villa (beneath the Methodist church!)

Bio Blog

Winters Past -
the Neolithic 

Whilst our Christmas tradition
of decorating fir trees only dates
from Victorian times here, the
practice of cutting evergreen boughs

such as mistletoe goes back
to the pre-Christian Celtic druids.

Going back some 5,500 years ago,
he very first settled communities in Neolithic (Stone Age) times practiced
mass feasting on their newly domesticated animals around the winter solstice at Whitehawk in
our Biosphere area

So, whilst you enjoy the modern-day
comforts and excess of this festive
season, spare a thought for our early
ancestors who…
 read the full blog

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