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COMING EVENTS

Wednesday 28th November. Exciting talk by Peter Lovett – entitled The Birds of Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Sutherland.  

Held at the Oasis Fellowship Church Hall, on the corner of Northease Drive and Hangleton Way, Hove

PAST EVENTS

SUNDAY 24th June, 2018 at 2 .00 pm. GUIDED FLOWER WALK.  Join Sally and the group on our guided Flower Walk over Benfield Hill Local Nature Reserve.  Meet on Benfield Bridge Hove Sussex, over the by pass beside the notice board. Discover the delight of our chalk hillside flowers and occasional butterflies etc. No charge, but donations to the group are welcome.

SATURDAY 30th June. 2018. Glowworm Count. Meet at the Hangleton Manor, Hangleton Valley Drive, Hove at 10.30pm. Wear suitable shoes for a sometimes fairly steep downland site, at night. Further details ring 01273 414936. No charge, but donations to the group are welcome. For more information on glowworms – click HERE for the UK GLOW WORM SURVEY.

WEDNESDAY 9th May 2018 at 7.30pm. Annual General Meeting held at the Oasis Fellowship Church Hall, followed by a Talk entitled “The Women’s Land Army – A Sussex Connection” by Ian Everest.          

      
CHILDRENS CORNER  -FUN & LEARNING>
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ON THE RESERVE
The Reserve in May with flowering Hawthorn

RECENT SPECIES SEEN

Gatekeepers

Burnett Moths

Burnett Moths

December 10 snows covered the Reserve. Click HERE to see the effect.

 Adders have now returned to the reserve after several years.

                                                                     

 

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Mayors Parlour

We were delighted to be invited to the Mayors Parlour in April 2010, by the Mayor of the City of Brighton and Hove, Cllr Ann Norman, in recognition of our work with the Benfield Local Nature Reserve over the years.

Moths
The group enjoyed another fascinating moth identification evening on 25h June with Steven Teale, of the Sussex Moth Group.
Two traps were set up, and  112 species were recorded with 720  actual moths counted
A great evening and night, for which our thanks to Steven.
Click  2014 Benfield Hill moth survey (25 07 )   to see  The full list of the species identified.
Glowworms
Members and friends joined us on 31st June, 2018 and, between 10.30pm and midnight, when about 49 glowing females were sighted.  This is an improvement over last year, but still a long way from the record  of 488 counted on one evening in 2007.   They start to glow between 10.30 and just after midnight. See SURVEYS for a schedule of numbers seen since 1992
For more information on glowworms – click
Here for the UK GLOW WORM SURVEY,
and Here for the SPECIES ACTION PLAN FOR SUSSEX.
Grazing
The Group carry out regular weekly downland maintenance from September to March.
However, management is an ongoing process. Without it, even after a short time, the invasive bramble and long grass starts to re-grow, trying to overpower the flora. It is an impossible task to cut it all back by hand, and we were delighted  to have the Shetland and Herdwick sheep on the reserve in December and January. Such grazing is carried out in roped off sections, and so as not to over graze, each section is only grazed for about a month, before the sheep are moved on to another site.
The success of the sheep grazing  resulted in a a good increase in the chalk grassland flora growing.
 If you are interested in joining our sheep “Lookeres” please contact Dave Bell on 01273 410430, who will be able to explain what is involved.
Flower Walk
A most enjoyable afternoon with little wind was enjoyed by members and guests, and about 70 species were noted. We are lucky that, per square metre, the Reserve is richer in plants than most chalk downland areas.
The Common Spotted and Pyramidal Orchids are flourishing, and for the first time a Fragrant Orchid was seen.
Click Flower Walk Photos .
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