Biosphere Bulletin - October 2013
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Biosphere Partners'
events in your
local environment



Fri 11th October (10.00-14.00) - Fungal Foray @ Coldean Woods & Stanmer Park
(BHCC Rangers / MW)
(book 07896 156664)

Mon 14th October (10.30) - Health Walk for Carers' respite @ Undercliff Saltdean-Marina (BHCC)

Sat 19th October (10.00) - Autumn Colours @ Booth Museum
(RSPB Brighton Starlings)
(kids 7-12) (£2.50)

Sun 27th October (19.00) -
25-year Retrospective talk @ Lewes Railway Land
(RLWT) (£6 fundraiser)

Tues 29th October (11.00-13.00) - Beach Explorers @ Ovingdean Beach (SWT)
(kids 5-11 years)
(book 07943 504479)

Fri 1st November (10.00-14.00) - Fungal Foray @ Southwick Hill (NT / MW)
(book 07896 156664)




Sat 9th November (10.00) -Winter Tree ID @ Wolstonbury Hill (NT) (£3)

October-December Fridays (fortnightly from 11th October) (10.30-12.00) -
Early Years nature sessions @ Booth Museum (BHCC)
(kids 2-5 years) (book £4.50)

November 9,10,13,15,18,23,26th (14.00-16.00 mostly) - People's History Exhibition @ The Level, Brighton (BHCC)

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Biosphere Here

October 2013
 

Dear *|MMERGE5|*
Great news! We successfully delivered our Biosphere Bid to the United Nations body UNESCO at the end of September, and have received good initial feedback on its high quality and thorough approach. We expect to hear again from UNESCO early next year, prior to their final decision in summer 2014.

Our final Biosphere Bid covers all of the land, sea and settlements between Shoreham in the west and Newhaven and Lewes in the east – an area of nearly 400 square kilometres (larger than the Isle of Wight!) – under our vision to become a “world-class environment” for people and nature together.  

The bid package is the end-product of two years’ hard work by the Biosphere Partnership, which started in earnest in 2011 with a small number of interested organisations supported by a project officer based at Brighton & Hove City Council. Since then it has expanded to almost 40 bodies, including: all five local authorities, the South Downs National Park Authority, Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority, town and parish councils, both universities, numerous voluntary bodies and several large businesses in the water, transport and tourism sectors.

We have had a presence at over 150 public events in this time, through which we have reached out to an estimated 10,000 local people,  received the views of 1,800 individuals through our consultation earlier this year, and now have 1,500 “Friends of the Biosphere” signed up as supporters – including you!

We will stay in touch over the coming months, during which we will be busy planning environmental projects – based upon our published management strategy and the inputs received from both partners and the public – and looking for the resources to make them happen in the future.

Thank you for your continued interest and support,

 
Chris Todd (Chair)
Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership

Window On
Our World

Autumn has arrived, with its changing weather, colours and nature – so the wildlife focus returns to our woodlands, whose spectacular autumn leaves are falling from above and fascinating fungi are erupting from below!

Large native woods in the Biosphere include:
- Stanmer Great Wood,
north of Brighton (BHCC)
- Woods Mill,
near Henfield (SWT)
- Newtimber Hill,
by Poynings (NT)
- Bollens Bush,
by Newhaven (LDC)

In fact there are almost 50 local woodlands open to public access in the Woodland Trust’s ‘VisitWoods’ programme and online map – have a look for one near you to get out and enjoy!

Biosphere Bid handed to UNESCO
The Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Reserve proposal was formally handed over to UNESCO in a ceremony in front of the world’s oldest and largest English elm trees at Preston Park, Brighton, on 27th September.

James Bridge, Chief Executive of the UK National Commission for UNESCO said:
“We’re proud to endorse the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere bid. The bid highlights the area’s outstanding environment. 

Our most recent study shows that the UK’s three existing modern Biosphere Reserves generate an estimated annual financial benefit to the UK of £2.3 million."

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