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Brighton Festival 2010

Children's Parade

Produced by Same Sky
Saturday 1 May
Free
Procession from Sydney Street to Maderia Drive

The Planet - a theme for 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity
The annual Children's Parade enters its 25th year in 2010 with the theme The Planet. Journey through the polar, temperate, tropical and desert regions with 4,000 participants from 70 schools and community groups parading through the city's streets. Hear young people voice their opinions about the environmental issues facing our planet.

http://www.brightonfestival.org/Outdoors

 

International Biodiversity Day Saturday 22nd May 2010.

One of the BN events will be the "Bee Aware" campaign in which Big Nature will be working with the people of Le Havre to participate in a summer long bio-literacy campaign. This is designed to encourage the citizens of both Le Havre and Brighton & Hove to find the time to become familiar with the bees of their gardens and parks. This international project will be achieved by distributing 100,000 identification postcards to the public through schools, libraries and other government buildings, in both Le Havre and Brighton & Hove. 50,000 of the postcards will be written in French and the other half will be written in English (see below). The launch of this project will take place simultaneously in both cities on Saturday 22 May 2010. The public will be able to record their data on the bilingual part of the Big Nature website. The closing date for the final record will be 30 September 2010. Data will be stored at the Sussex Biological Record Centre.

Bombus lapidarius

Of course it's also true that bees are very important species because of the essential pollination services they perform within the fabric of the earth's ecosystems. Not only do they pollinate the wildflowers but also many of our crops. Some Scientists consider bees to be keystone species and that with out their contribution many ecosystems may begin to crumble.

Becoming familiar with local biodiversity is rather like learning to read. So, if you are new at this, the Bee Aware Campaign is like your first reading lesson. Your ABC to Biodiversity, if you like. If you can't, read how can you be adequately informed about what's happening in your world?

So by identifying and recording bees we hope to make two gains:

  1. increased knowledge about year on year changes in our local environment and
  2. an increasingly bio-literate populace, a community that values the natural world more that it currently does.

Watch out for further developments on this website, nearer to May, 2010 that will instruct you about how to enter your data and guide you

Bee aware identification guide

You can view the now non functional bee recording pages here.

 

BBC Breathing Places: Be Good to Bees & Tune into the Dawn Chorus

Be Good to Bees

Download the 'BBC Breathing Places: How to Make a Bumblebee Home' guide HERE

Tune into the Dawn Chorus

Download the 'BBC Breathing Places: Dawn Chorus' pocket guide HERE

 

Brighton Permaculture Trust

Introduction to permaculture - A look at permaculture ideas and how to apply them

Course 2: 8- 9 May 2010

Mushroom cultivation - Grow shiitake, oyster mushrooms and other tasty fungi

15-16 May 2010

Building with rammed earth and chalk - Load bearing walls can be built with only earth or chalk

22-23 May 2010

 

Nature in the City

1st May
Breeze Bus Walks Devils Dyke
10.30am/2pm Brighton Pier (Stop N) 10.30am Or Devil’s Dyke Hotel 11am

Join a CityParks ranger on this guided walk around the dyke, first of three fantastic bank holiday weekend breeze bus walks

2nd May
Breeze Bus Walks Stanmer
11 am - 2pm
Old Steine at 11(stop U) Or Stanmer Church 11.30

Join a cityparks ranger on this 5 mile guided walk and discover the joys of spring in Stanmer

3rd May
Breeze Bus Walks Ditchling Beacon
11.15 - 2.30 Old Steine (stop U) 11.15 or Ditchling beacon 11.45 Bus79

Join a CityParks ranger on a guided walk from the beacon via the windmills and Chattri returning by way of patcham

 

Tune In Dawn chorus / RSPB

6th May
Dawn Chorus St Ann's well Breakfast with the birds. St Ann’s Park 5.30 to 7 am
The Garden Cafe in St Ann's Well Garden

There is nothing like hearing birds in full song at this time of the morning. A guided walk with the rangers and the rspb will help you to identify what is out there at this time of the year followed by a much needed breakfast in the café (additional cost).

7th May
Dawn Chorus Stanmer Breakfast with the birds. Stanmer Church Stanmer Park
5.30 to 7 am

There is nothing like hearing birds in full song at this time of the morning. A guided walk with the rangers and the rspb will help you to identify what is out there at this time of the year followed by a much needed breakfast in the café (additional cost).

8th May
Dawn Chorus Queens Park Breakfast with the birds. The Pond South Entrance Queens Park
5.30 to 7 am

There is nothing like hearing birds in full song at this time of the morning. A guided walk with the rangers and the rspb will help you to identify what is out there at this time of the year followed by a much needed breakfast in the café (additional cost).

 

Urban Fringe Walks

2nd May
Ramble Round the Reserve
11 am to 2pm
Nature Reserve entrance top of Ladies Mile Road Ladies Mile
Join the Ranger for a gentle walk around Ladies Mile Nature Reserve with a guided tour about the past, present and future use of the reserve.

16th May
Ramble around Foredown
10.30 - 1
Foredown Tower
Portslade / Hangleton
Amble from Foredown Tower to Benfield and back with two wildlife stops at Benfield Hill and Foredown Nature Reserve

23rd May
Ramble around Rottingdean
11 am - 2 pm
Kipling Gardens
Rottingdean / Saltdean
Explore the Brightons Urban fringe Join the Rangers on a walk exploring Rottingdean area with stop for tea on route.

22nd May
St Ann’s Well Festival BEE Aware
All day
St Ann's Well
Saturday 22nd May the park will be transformed for this exciting free family event. To celebrate Big Nature Bee Aware campaign children are being asked to come in fancy dress & the theme is bees & bugs! Imagine the park will be full of bees for the day!

15th May
Moulsecoomb Family Fun day
All day
Wild Park
meet the Sheep at Wild Park and learn about the new and exciting conservation plan

29th May
BEE Aware Bee Bungalow
11.30 - 2 pm
Tarner Park
Join the Rangers for making solitary Bee and Bumble Bee nest Box as part of the Bee Aware Campaign.

3rd May
Bevendean Family Conservation Event
11 am 4 pm
Bevendean
A fun day with food and drinks provided, a number of conservation tasks including clearing the dew pond, installing interpretation boards, path clearing, etc.

31st May
Photographic Event Preston Park
11am 3pm
Preston Park Pavilion
Photograph the wildlife in Preston Park, Preston Manor, and the Rookery. Digital photo printing available for exhibiting prints. Three age group prizes Winning photos to be displayed at Springwatch.

 

Butterfly Conservation, Sussex Branch: Events

Butterfly Conservation, Sussex Branch

Saturday 1st May 2010
Woodland Skippers of Barnes Wood

A chance to see Dingy Skipper and Grizzled Skipper in a woodland setting. Good car park in Footland Wood opposite - please take care crossing the main road. Can be quite muddy in places after rain and very little shelter if it does rain on the day.

Barnes Wood, North of Battle. Grid Ref: TQ763204

Terrain: Includes long slopes
Distance: 2 miles

Contact:
Jim Barrett Tel:07851 718289 jim_bat@yahoo.com

 

Monday 3rd May 2010 - 10:30am
Sussex Butterfly Atlas Walk 'Wey Up North'

Join us for a stroll along the Wey South Path east of Loxwood as we survey square TQ0430 for the Sussex Atlas. We don’t have any butterfly records for this square so who knows what we’ll find?! Learn about butterfly surveying and identification.

Children: Welcome with accompanying adult.
Dogs: Allowed, under control.

Terrain: Flat
Distance: 4 km
Wey South Path – east of Loxwood (Grid ref:TQ038315)
Park in Loxwood and meet at village Post Office.

Contact:
Michael Blencowe Tel:01323 423711 sussexgrayling@aol.com

 

Friday 7th May 2010 - 10:30am
Frog Firle, The Comp, Greenway Bank and High and Over.

Early downland butterflies with up to 19 species being possible with the main targets being Wall Brown, Brown Argus, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper and Green Hairstreak. Bring packed lunch. Donations for the Rowland Wood appeal. To add a bit of fun, we suggest 20p per species seen!! Those unable to make a donation still welcome.

Children: Welcome with accompanying adult.
Dogs: Allowed, under control.

Terrain: 2 quite steep climbs at a slow pace so everyone can enjoy viewing the species.
Distance: Approx. 4 miles
High and Over (Grid Ref:TQ011509)
Meet in the High and Over Carpark on the Alfriston Road.

Contact:
Bob Eade Tel:01323 492606

 

Saturday 15th May, 8pm
National Moth Night – Moths and Bats

Bring torches and warm clothing. The theme for this years National Moth Night is 'Moths and Bats' and we are lucky to be joined by members of the Sussex Bat Group as we survey Rowland Wood. Find out what their bats are eating and find out what's eating our moths!

Children: Welcome with accompanying adult.
Dogs: Sorry no dogs tonight.
Rowland Wood, Nr East Hoathly. (TQ515147)
Parking available inside the reserve.

Booking Essential. Contact:
Michael Blencowe Tel:01323 423711 sussexgrayling@aol.com

 

Sunday 16th May 2010, 2pm
Mill Hill Walk

Target Species: Adonis Blue, Common Blue, Wall, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper.

Children: Welcome with accompanying adult.
Dogs: Allowed, under control.

Terrain: Gradual descent and ascent with option to scramble over steeper slopes.
Distance: 1 mile
Mill Hill, Shoreham (Grid Ref: TQ211074)

Contact:
Neil Hulme Tel:01903 233172 or 07778 306816 nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk

 

Saturday 22nd May, 10:30am
Caterpillar Masterclass

A search for the early stages of Butterfly and Moth life cycles, led by Dr Patrick Roper. Drawing on a lifetime of experience, Patrick will show us a few 'tricks of the trade' and will demonstrate various techniques. With his extensive local knowledge Patrick will also be able to help us identify the food plants of many Butterfly and Moth species, a necessary prerequisite to finding their caterpillars! Recommended for both new and experienced butterfly and moth recorders alike.

Brede High Wood, near Broad Oak & Brede (Grid Ref: TQ803205)
Meet in the Woodland Trust car park.

Contact:
Jim Barrett Tel:07851 718289 jim_bat@yahoo.com

 

Sunday 23rd May 2010, 10:30am
Wolstonbury Hill

A walk for 'The Friends of Wolstonbury Hill' but all others welcome. Target Species: Adonis Blue, Small Blue, Common Blue, Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper.

Children: Welcome with accompanying adult.
Dogs: Allowed, under control.

Terrain: Gradual ascent with some steeper slopes.
Distance: 3.5 km (2.25 miles)
Wolstonbury Hill, Nr Pyecombe (TQ284129)
Meet at the western end of Pyecombe Street, where a footbridge crosses the A23 immediately to the South.

Contact:
Neil Hulme Tel:01903 233172 or 07778 306816 nh@nhulme.eclipse.co.uk

 

Saturday 29th May, 8:30pm
Rowland Wood Moth Night

Come and join us as we explore Rowland Wood as night falls. Find out what moths live on our new reserve. Bring torches and warm clothing.

Children: Welcome with accompanying adult.
Dogs: Sorry no dogs tonight.
Terrain: Flat
Park Corner Heath (grid ref:TQ515147).
Turn south off the A22 at the 'Thatched Garage' (The Landrover Man) into Park Lane, turn right immediately into small private road, entrance is on the right. Limited parking.

Booking Essential. Contact:
Michael Blencowe Tel:01323 423711 sussexgrayling@aol.com

 

Sunday 30th May, 10am
Park Corner Heath and Rowland Wood Open Day

Join us on our reserves to find out more about the species that live here and the work we undertake to conserve them. Moth trap opening at 10am and guided walks around the reserve throughout the day. Target Species: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak.

Children: Very welcome with accompanying adult.
Dogs: Allowed, under control.
Terrain: Flat
Park Corner Heath (grid ref:TQ515147).
Turn south off the A22 at the 'Thatched Garage' (The Landrover Man) into Park Lane, turn right immediately into small private road, entrance is on the right. Limited parking.

Booking Essential. Contact:
Michael Blencowe Tel:01323 423711 sussexgrayling@aol.com

 

Most of our events are free and open to all, although there is a suggested donation of £2 to help us with our work if you are not a member of Butterfly Conservation.

 

Contact us

If you have any enquiries please contact us: info@bigbiodiversitycount.org.uk

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