TLC Bulletin - September 2017

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!
Tue 5th Sept 12pm-1pm - Are Pesticides Killing Bees? talk, Falmer Campus - free (UoB)

Fri 8th Sept 10.15am-2pm - Writing the Map walkers workshop, Devil's Dyke - free (NT)

Fri 8th Sept 4pm-5pm - Brexit & sustainable food discussion, Brighton - free (UoB)

Fri 8th Sept 4pm-7pm - Wildlife Observation, Weald Allotments, Hove - free (BHFP)

Sat 9th - Sun 10th Sept, 10am-5pm - SuperHome Open Day, eco-hone in Plumpton - free (TTL/HKDT)

Sat 9th Sept, 12pm-12.45pm - Waterborne audio arts work, Brighton - free 

Sat 9th Sept, 12pm-2pm - Homemade & Homegrown Fayre, Bevendean - free (Bevy)

Sat 9th Sept, 2pm-4pm - Whitehawk Wildlife & Heritage Walk, Brighton - free (BHCC)

Sun 10th Sept 10.30am-3.30pm - Saddlescombe Farm Heritage Open Day, nr Devil's Dyke - free (NT)

Sat 16th Sept 11am-1pm - Beachwatch beach clean, Hove - free (MCS)

Sun 17th Sept 11am-1pm - Beachwatch beach clean, Ovingdean - free (MCS)

Mon 18th Sept 8am-11am - Beachwatch beach clean, Brighton - free (MCS)

Sat 23rd Sept 11am-3pm - British Beach Clean and Survey, Shoreham Beach, free (FSOB)

Sun 24th Sept 11am-5pm - Apple Day!, Stanmer Park - free (BPT)


Mon 2nd Oct, 9am-1.30pm - Sustainability in Action - training for SMEs, £99 book, Crawley (GM/GGP)

Fri 6th Oct, 9.30am-3pm - Devil's Dyke Fungi Hunt (Part 1), Saddlescombe - £10, book (NT)

Mon 9th Oct, 11am-3pm - Baking al Fresco , Saddlescombe - £12/£6 book (NT)

Fri 13th-Sun 15th Oct, 7pm-11pm - Lewes Light Festival trail, Lewes (LL)
Volunteers, Jobs & Opportunities
House Sparrows photo comp
Free, deadline 31 October - see

Thyme and Space @Plot 22
Replenishing gardening for female survivors at PLOT 22. Call 07925 882473 or email

Gleaning day volunteers
Go out into the fields and pick unwanted produce. Find out more and sign up to the Gleaning Network

Development Officer volunteer
Help Fareshare Sussex in Moulsecoomb get food to vulnerable people. Send CV to

Call out for surplus apples
Old Tree Brewery wants to brew a local cider from surplus fruit from apple and pear trees, with some back to you! Email Old Tree

Tradespeople wanted
BHESCO is looking for local tradespeople to install energy saving measures through the government’s ECO scheme. Register here

September 2017

Back to School - with BHee

Dear <<Name>>

The summer holidays are at an end, so its now back to work and school for most of us - although there's still plenty of activity to enjoy in the world about us, check our monthly Nature Now diary for what's happening out there.

Natural learning opportunities abound in The Living Coast, and many of our schools have been fortunate to benefit from the fantastic support of the Brighton & Hove environmental education project - BHee - over the past six years (and counting).

Hence in this month's issue we are celebrating the great achievements of this initiative to encourage a healthy future for our children, as described in our
Bio Blog (excerpt below right) by Sheila Gundry, Education Manager at Resource Futures who run the BHee programme funded by the city council.

A particular highlight of BHee's work has been helping children (and their teachers!) to get outdoors and experience the natural wonders of our area through fun learning. Read about their summer outing in our
Spotlight piece, and see for yourself their wonder in the short video of their day on The Living Coast. 

Take a look too at the 'WoW' section (below left) to find out who the greenest schools in Brighton & Hove are - those that have been recognised as 'Green Flag' Eco-Schools.    

Meanwhile there's plenty happening outside of school/work for children and adults alike, including the British Science Festival in Brighton this week and the Great British Beach Clean on the weekend of 15-18th September. Check out our Calendar  (summary list, left) of all the local eco-events for the low down!

Have fun learning - as you're never too old!

Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World


Eco-Schools in Brighton & Hove that have achieved the top 'Green Flag' award are:

Primary Schools:

Balfour Primary (1 award)

~ Brunswick Primary (5)

~ Coldean Primary (2)

~ Moulsecoomb Primary (3)

~ Patcham Infants (2)

~ Patcham Junior (1)

~ Stanford Infants (3)

~ St Luke's Primary (1)

Secondary Schools:

Dorothy Stringer
(7 awards, in 17 years 2000+)

~ Patcham High (2)

~ Varndean (2)

FE Colleges:

BHASVIC (1 award)


Bio Blog

Little  Treasures  

Nelson Mandela said: “Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future”.

To what extent however do local children understand the importance of their local environment so that they can take action now and for the future?

For the last six years the Brighton and Hove environmental education (BHee) programme has been tackling this very issue.
This supports the work of The Living Coast with schools to connect people and nature to pioneer a positive future.

The BHee programme is led by Resource Futures in partnership with Sussex Wildlife Trust and funded by Brighton and Hove City Council.

Nearly 10,000 children have been involved in BHee workshops, plus over 13,000 in assemblies and 640 in inter-school events!

BHee supports schools to work through the national
Eco-Schools programme, resulting in 11 schools (see list, left) that have achieved the prestigious Green Flag award - the best area in the South East!... read full blog

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