[caption id="attachment_424" align="alignnone" width="415"] Biosphere Consultation Launch on Hollingbury Hill Fort[/caption] Getting up to a clear blue sky on Monday morning seemed as good an omen as any for the launch of the consultation on the bid for the area, between the River Adur and River Ouse, to become a Biosphere Reserve. Indeed, 60 people were encouraged to give up their morning to walk around Hollingbury Hill Fort, in the South Downs National Park, and view the proposed Biosphere area first hand. [caption id="attachment_436" align="alignnone" width="254"] The Launch with The Mayor[/caption] They were welcomed by Councillor Bill Randal, The Mayor of Brighton & Hove and Chris Todd, chair of the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership, which is putting the bid together. At Hollingbury Golf Club, partners were able to see (in addition to the breathtaking views from the clubhouse) the new display materials and pick up leaflets and questionnaires to pass onto their members and colleagues. [caption id="attachment_437" align="alignnone" width="255"] Walking around Hollingbuy Hill Fort[/caption] The event marked the start of a 3 month consultation to inform the public about the bid and to ask them whether they support it. The questionnaire also asks people to say what they value most about the area and what they would like to see improved. This information will be used to help shape future Biosphere projects and priorities. Straight after the event, the Biosphere roadshow left for Lewes where it will be in the Town Hall all week. On Saturday, a staffed stall will be present at Seedy Saturday there, before the roadshow comes back to Brighton & Hove for an appearance at Seedy Sunday at the Corn Exchange.