Join the Sussex Branch and the Friends of Bevendean Down on a work party in north-east Brighton to prevent scrub and course vegetation from swallowing this habitat which is valuable for chalk grassland butterfly species.
This site has areas of good chalk grassland vegetation, beautiful in themselves with round headed rampion, autumn gentian, bastard toadflax etc. It is also an important area for all the butterfly species of this habitat, such as Small Blue, Chalk Hill Blue, DIngy and Grizzled Skippers, though there has been a decline of Adonis Blue over recent years.
Conservation work days here are on the third sunday of the month 10:30am-1pm. Depending on the season, tasks include scrub clearance, brush cutting tall vegetation, path clearance, using hand and power tools.
Tools are taken to the site by wheelbarrow, so it is very helpful to know how many will be needed to be taken over!
Please wear work gloves and footwear and bring your own gloves if possible please.
Meet opposite Bevendean School between 115A and 117 Heath Hill Avenue by the bus stop, Grid ref: TQ338064, nearest postcode BN2 4JP; this is on the 48 bus route, or there is plenty of street parking.
Occasionally the meeting place is changed, depending on the task planned, so please contact Tessa Pawsey, email: firstname.lastname@example.org in advance, or Geoff Stevens, email: email@example.com or tel: 07422543872.