Wheels of Life

Our Story


  • Approval achieved on a European funding bid between English and French UNESCO Biosphere Regions to develop “bio-cultural heritage tourism” in the Channel region
  • Event held on 'Growing Our Living City: Securing our Environmental Life Support System into 2030 and beyond' (July 2018)


  • New identity of “The Living Coast” launched to re-brand our Biosphere communications and work (March 2017)
  • Launch of our ‘Biosphere Research & Monitoring Strategy’ (2017-19) with local Universities (March 2017)
  • Vice-chair appointed to the Biosphere Delivery Board as Sean Ashworth (Deputy at Sussex IFCA)
  • Partnership working with the University of Brighton and others in a CUPP-funded project to develop the foundation of a future Greenspaces Network for Brighton & Hove


    Establishment of Biosphere Delivery Board, chaired by Ben Earl (Southern Water) to develop a suite of priority projects led by Biosphere Delivery Board Partners
  • Creation of 2 pilot “rain gardens” (Sustainable Drainage Schemes) in Portslade parks to help address flood risk
  • Participation as a case study urban area in the national ‘SPADES’ project to develop a planning tool to take account of “ecosystem services” in developments
  • 10 schools in Brighton & Hove participated in the innovative “Our Water Maters” environmental education programme on the local water cycle, with funding from the University
  • of Brighton and BHCC Public Health
    Participation in first-ever meeting of UK Biospheres Network meeting, held in Dumfries Scotland (October 2016)


  • Transitional Biosphere Board established, for one year with Paula Murray (BHCC) as Chair
  • Formal link established with the Greater Brighton Economic Board
  • Creation of a ‘Bee Bed’ at The Level park in Brighton, with the University of Sussex, for public education about pollinators and garden plants’; and a new ‘Butterfly Bank’in Brighthelm Gardens in central Brighton
  • Publication of a 'Best of our Biosphere' guide with Visit Brighton to develop Development of a virtual Biosphere world using the popular computer game software of Minecraft Collaboration with Brighton Festival ‘Gauge’ artistic installation on water, and with Brighton Dome on a schools competition for water-saving ideas


  • Biosphere Management Strategy 2014-19 commences operation for 5- year period, and Action Plan of priority areas for improvement action drafted (April onwards)
  • Technical feedback received from UNESCO MAB International Advisory Committee (IAC) (April)
  • Successful decision on Biosphere designation received from UNESCO MAB International Co-ordinating Committee (ICC) (June 11th 2014)
  • Sussex Festival of Nature at Stanmer Park held as public celebration of our Biosphere (22nd June 2014)Partnership chair Chris Todd (CVSF) hands role over to Paula Murray
Nature 2020

This year is the end of the UN Decade of Biodiversity. Help us mark this by celebrating biodiversity in our biosphere.

Visit Nature2020 websiteProceed to the Living Coast