After a successful 12 week public consultation with over 1500 responses to date, it has been decided to extend the public consultation on the Biosphere bid until 22 May. This is because of a few boundary changes to the proposed Biosphere Reserve that have only recently been agreed. The biggest of these is the inclusion of Shoreham and Southwick along with more of the sea. This means that the whole of the River Adur Site of Special Scientific Interest is now included, whereas before it was split by the boundary. Two other minor changes have been made near Ringmer, to include land in the South Downs National Park that was previously omitted. This means that the proposed Biosphere Reserve has increased in area by around 10% to approximately 375 square kilometres and now covers the whole area between the River Adur and the River Ouse. These changes make for a more logical boundary which will strengthen the bid to UNESCO. The extension to the consultation will allow people in these additional areas time to comment on the Biosphere bid.