Biosphere Bulletin - June 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
Sat 4th June (11.00-16.00) - Wild Fun in St Ann's Well Gardens, Hove, free (RSPB)

Weds 8th June (10.00) - Downland wildlife walk, Castle Hill, Woodingdean, free (RSPB) 

Fri 10th June (20.30) - Night-time Nature walk, Hove, free (BHCC)

Sat 11th June (10.00-12.00) - Churchyard Bug Hunt, Lewes, free (SWT)

Sun 12th June (10.00-13.00) - Orchid Safari, Wolstonbury Hill, £3 (book), NT

Tues 21st June (10.00-14.00) - Orchid walk & talk, Saddlescombe, £10 (book) (NT)

Fri 24th June (10.00-12.30) - Midsummer Downland walk, Lewes Downs, £3, SWT
Fri & Sat 1st / 2nd July (13.00-17.00) - Bees & Flowers workshop, Falmer, £10 (book)  (UoS)

Sun 3rd July (14.00-17.00) - Railway Land Festival, Lewes, free (RLWT)

Fri 8th July (12.00-19.00) - Moulscoomb Forest Garden open day, Brighton, free (MFG)

Fri 8th July (20.00-23.00) - Evening with Glow Worms, Hangleton nr. Hove, £21 (SWT)

Sat 9th July (11.30) - Hairstreak butterfly walk, Brighton, free (BC)

Tues 12th July (10.00-13.00) - Ditchling wildlife walk, Ditchling village, £3 (SWT)

Sat 16th July (10.30) - Bevendean Blues butterflies walk, Brighton, free (BC)


Biosphere Here

June 2016

SOS - have your Say on Our Sea! 

Dear <<Name>>

Summer is officially now here (believe it or not!), and the natural world is reaching a peak of activity - as explored in our monthly 'Nature Now' diary. Warmer weather draws masses of people to the beaches and coast of our Biosphere, but how often do we stop to think about the life within the sea and how we can help to look after it?

Our eastern coastline, from Brighton Marina to Newhaven and beyond, was officially designated
by the Government as a 'Marine Conservation Zone' (MCZ) back in 2013  - to protect its important chalk reef habitats and threatened marine species: see the 'WoW' section (below left) to learn more.

Now new measures are being proposed to sustainably manage this iconic area of the Sussex coastline, as explained in this month's Bio Blog (below right) by Erin Lawes of the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), a key member of our Biosphere Partnership. We want to hear your views on the proposals as part of the current public consultation (by 27th June latest).

We hope that not only will you get involved in helping to shape the future of our Biosphere's marine environment, but also take some time to experience and enjoy it up close by a visit to the beaches and chalk reef - a good place to explore it is along the Undercliff beyond Brighton Marina, at low tide. 

Lastly, a whole host of local eco-activities and events are happening this summer season, albeit on dry land, as highlighted in our
Calendar (list, left) - so do get active, and enjoy what's on offer!

Warm summer greetings,  
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Sea Life

Four types of marine animals are especially significant in our Biosphere area, as found in our Marine Conservation Zone here:

~ Short-snouted Seahorses (above) - a rare type of fish, with excellent eyesight but lacking teeth; unusually it is the male that has the babies!

~ Blue Mussel beds - found densely packed on the ridges of the chalk reef; threatened on the south coast

~ Native Oysters - also occurs on the chalk reef; all start life as males and then vary sex over their llifetime  

~ Flat Fish - incl. sole, plaice, turbot, brill, & dab, for which the MCZ is a key nursery and spawning ground

Bio Blog

Our Marine Conservation Zone 

Our Biosphere coastline eastwards from Brighton Marina is designated as the 'Beachy Head West' Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ), for its rare and fragile chalk reef habitats and species.

As one of the best examples in the south-east, and important also at a European level, this spectacularly rich marine site supports abundant wildlife, with threatened species as detailed in the 'WoW' column (left).

Now new measures are proposed to sustainably manage this iconic area of the Sussex coastline, and we want to hear your views, in writing to, before the 27th June 2016 consultation deadline

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