Biosphere Bulletin - November 2015
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Please visit our events calendar for full details of all of the events listed below

 
 
November
 
Sun 8th Nov (19.00-21.00) - Stories: People, land and food two centuries ago, Phoenix Community Centre, Brighton (£5/ £2) (BHOGG)

Tue 10th Nov (10.30-12.30) - Biosphere Woodland health walk, Stanmer Park (free) (BLD Biosphere)

Sat 14th Nov (10.00-15.00) - Poetry Day in Nature, (£25) (RLWT)

Sat 14th Nov (11.00-15.00) - Saunders Community Garden Clear-up Day, Brighton (free) (BHFP)

Wed 18th Nov (10.00-11.00) - Walking makes Sense, Linklater Pavilion (free) (GOSH)

Wed 18th Nov (12.30-14.00) - Nature & Autumn Colours talk-walk, Guinness Court Newhaven (free) (GOSH)

Tue 24th Nov (10.00) - Poetry Walk on Lewes Railway Land, Linklater Pavilion (£2.50) (RLWT)
 
Thu 26th Nov (17.30-22.00) - Brighton and Hove Food Partnership AGM, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton (free) (BHFP)

Thu 26th Nov (19.30) - Sussex Wildlife Safari talk, BHASVIC (£3) (RSPB)

Fri 27th Nov (10.00-16.00) - Habitat Management for Invertebrates course, Woods Mill Henfield (£75/£95) (SWT)

Fri 27th Nov (18.45) - Wine & Cheese & Quiz night, Linklater Pavilion, Lewes (£17) (BC Sussex)

Sat 28th Nov (09.30-17.00) - Orchard course, Stanmer Park (£) (BPT)

Mon 30th Nov (10.00-12.00) - Weather and the Tides walk, Saltdean (free) (GOSH) 
 
 
December
 
Fri 4th Dec (19.30) - Xmas Special meeting , Hove (£3) (RSPB)

Tue 8th Dec (10.00-12.00) - Winter Walk, Stanmer (free) (GOSH)

Wed 9th Dec (10.00) - Undercliff walk, Rottingdean (free) (RSPB) 

Thu 17th Dec (10.00-15.00) - Christmas Walk with Carols, Newtimber Church (free) (SDS)


Mon 21st - Tues 22nd Dec (10.00-12.00 / 13.30-15.30) - Christmas Wreath Walks, Saddlescombe Farm (£5) (NT)

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November 2015


See the Trees! (for the Woods)

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Winter is late coming this year as we continue to experience unseasonably mild conditions - a portent of climate change (see below) - hence there's still plenty of reasons to get outdoors and enjoy our Biosphere area (see 'Nature Now') during the shorter days of November.

Trees are many peoples' favourite natural elements, and now is a great time of year to appreciate their intricate  architecture as they shed their leaves to reveal their underlying 
woody form. Whilst a trip to the woods is undeniably exhilarating in the autumn - think tramping over crisp fallen leaves - many of our finest trees can be found as fine free-standing individuals in both town and country environments.  

Our Biosphere's natural 'USP' is its host role to the National Elm Collection in Brighton & Hove, but how many people are aware that we also have the tallest native tree in Britain and a good number of ancient 'veteran' trees too?
See this month's 
Bio Blog (below right) by Graham Wellfare of the National Trust, a Biosphere partner, to learn more about these natural gems waiting to be discovered by you
For information on where to find some of our Biosphere's remarkable individual trees, take a look at the 'WoW' section (below left).

Trees also act as important indicators of the health of our environment, and as such are under pressure from a host of current threats including tree diseases such as ash dieback (present since last year in our Biosphere - keep your eyes peeled!) as well as our changing climate.

Climate change is recognised as one of the biggest threats to both the natural world and our own way of life, and is back on the public agenda in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference 
in Paris at the start of next month.
Our next issue will be focussed on this issue, but in the meantime take a moment to find out how you can get involved locally, and at the national march in London on Sunday 29th November, in helping to turn down the global heat. 


Help to spread a little light in the darkness this November!   
    
Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Remarkable Trees


A number of incredible individual trees can be found in our Biosphere area, including:


~ Britain's tallest native tree (above), Newtimber nr. Poynings  this beech is a true forest giant standing 44 m tall!

~ Ancient yew tree, Stanmer church yard - a 
veteran with over 6 m girth, potentially dating back to Saxon times. 

~ Largest and oldest English Elms in the world, Preston Park Brighton - the 'Preston Twins' stand together at the northwest end.  
 


 

 


 

Bio Blog

Seeing the Trees for the Woods
 

Our Biosphere’s environment is notable more for its open downland landscapes than for its woodland that cover less than 10% of the countryside area.

It is individual trees that are perhaps more significant for their superlative qualities, from the rarest urban specimens of the National Elm Collection to the tallest native tree in Britain on the South Downs.

The National Trust owns and manages this very special woodland that has such remarkable trees, not just the champion beech tree but also an ancient lime of 10 metres diameter, that dates back over a millennia
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