The third sunday in January means that it must be sheep poo collecting day on Bevendean Down. This is one of our annual rituals to help manage the chalk grass land in Hogtrough Bottom. The 100 or so sheep which were on the Reserve before Christmas have eaten off a lot of the taller vegetation leaving a short sward so plenty of light can get to the new growth of many of the chalk loving plant species such as horseshoe vetch and pink centuary. After all that eating they did quite a lot of pooing but they helpfully do this mainly in one area. Last year a group of us raked up and collected as much of this as possible and then Garry-the-ranger drove it down the valley in the council truck where we unloaded it onto the compost heaps of the Bevendean Community Garden. Hopefully this all adds to our aim of removing soil nutrients from the chalk grass land areas and adding to the soil nutrients in the community garden vegetable beds. A most enjoyable morning out on the downs, good company, fresh air and exercise and the satisfaction of a job well done.
This workday we will be clearing and raking the green at the far end of Knepp Close. Our group have been this keeping this attractive little green space open for the last 20+ years.
Meet on the site at 10.30am as marked by the green cross on the map.Wear tough clothing and footwear and gloves if possible. Tools will be supplied. We expect to be working with a Countryside Ranger, but if one is not available we can still work on our own as we are covered by the group’s insurance.
We will be working to clear the paths on Wild Bank that are now very overgrown and rough.
Meet at 10.30am either at the usual place opposite Bevendean School or go straight to the Wild Bank Site that is opposite the junction of
Please come along and join Friends of Bevendean Down in a stroll amongst the butterflies on Sunday 19th July in our Local Nature Reserve which is part of the South Downs National Park. We are so lucky to have a wide range of chalk grassland butterflies and flowers right on the edge of the city, a haven for them and for us. This is a opportunity to learn a bit more about the butterflies which love this habitat and it is also a nice place to sit and have a picnic afterwards if you wanted to bring one with you. Meet at the corner of Heath Hill Avenue and Norwich Drive at 10.30am
Meet opposite Bevendean School Heath Hill Avenue by the bridle path at 10.30 am.
This Sunday we will be working on a small bank we have been trying to keep clear for a long time, possibly wasting our time, but
thought we would have another try at clearing the brambles and it may get grazed before too long. Tools provided but bring strong gloves if possible.