Biosphere Bulletin - July-August 2014
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JULY 2014

Week of 21st July (18.00) - Evening Bus Walks, from Churchill Square (BHCC ranger) 

Sun 27th July (14.30) - Big Butterfly Count, Waterhall

Weds 30th July (day) - Wild Woodies minibeasts
Kids 6-11 yrs, Stanmer Park (£) (SWT)
 
AUGUST 2014
 
Sat 2nd August (14.00) - Linklater Nature Day
Railway Land nature reserve, Lewes

Weds 6th August (day) - Wild Woodies bushcraft
Kids 6-11 yrs, Stanmer Park (£) (SWT)

Fri 8th August (21.00) - Summer Nights nature eve
Waterhall, nr Brighton (BHCC ranger)

Sun 17th August (all day) - South Downs National Park event
Hove Lawns (SDNPA ranger)

Sat 23rd August (all day) - 'Dig Whitehawk' open day
Community archaeology project - Whitehawk Hill
 

Biosphere Here

July-August 2014
 

Dear *|MMERGE5|*

Enjoy summertime in our new Biosphere!

Firstly a very warm welcome to the many new 'Friends of the Biosphere' who have joined us since hearing our great news last month that we have become a new UNESCO World Biosphere area - thanks for your interest and support! 

We're still on a high, having achieved our initial aim after six years' work to attain this prestigious international award and become part of a global network of sites that are leading the way in bringing people and nature together.

Our new status has led to lots of interest locally and beyond, with press coverage for example in The Guardian newspaper and on BBC South East news covering the UN decision, as well as 2000 
views online of our beautiful new video!

Now the hard work really begins, 
for us to make the most of our new environmental profile to help make improvements and add value to our area. For example, we wish to promote more people to get outdoors and enjoy the great nature that we have to offer here (see the article on developing eco-tourism below).  

Now the 
light shines upon us as a newly recognised world-class environment and the school holidays have arrived, there's never been a better time to go and appreciate what lies on our doorsteps - enjoy the summer!
   

 
Chris Todd (Chair)
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World:
Butterflies

There is a great profusion of colourful butterflies to be seen flying in our Biosphere area during the present warm weather  - look out for:
~ Blue butterflies 
- including Common and rarer species
~ Marbled White 
- chequer-board patterned
~ Fritillaries e.g. Dark Green - large, rich orange & beautiful

Note down what you see, where and when, and let Butterfly Conservation know what's
on the wing!

Eco-tourism in our Biosphere?

Many Biosphere areas encourage environmental tourism activities, generating interest and income for their area and supporting its conservation.
Our Biosphere already attracts around 12 million visitors each year, but only a small proportion experience the natural highlights here.
We'd like more people 
to enjoy and appreciate our natural environment, so we are developing plans to include it in the visitor offer and support new activities outdoors to maximise the opportunity that our Biosphere status brings.

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