This month we are having our main workday on the 26th Feb.
Meet at 10.30am opposite Bevendean School between 115A and 117 Heath Hill Avenue Brighton. We will be working with Emma our Countryside Ranger clearing
small scrub from part of Cardboard Hill using ‘tree poppers’ that pull up the hawthorn and privet by the roots, much better than cutting them down as then they
For more info ring Geoff 07422543872
Meet opposite Bevendean School between 115A and 117 Heath Hill Avenue Brighton at 10,30am.
We will be clearing invasive scrub from the south facing chalk grassland known as Cardboard Hill.
We will be working with Emma our ranger and using Tree Poppers, a tool that pulls small shrubs out by the roots.
Everyone who tries it seems to find it a very satisfying job. We usually pack up by about 1pm.
For more information phone Geoff on 07422 543 872
Meet at 10.30am on the green at the far end of Knepp Close, Bevendean. Brighton
We will be having our annual December bonfire cooking baked potatoes and sausages etc.
This little site would be completely scrubbed over now if we had not kept it clear over the last
20 years. There is always regrowth to clear and that is what we will be doing on this Sunday.
The site is very sheltered and over the years we have seldom had to cancel the event through bad weather.
For further info phone Geoff 07422 543872
Meet at the usual place at 10.30am opposite Bevendean School between 115A and 117 Heath Hill Avenue Brighton.We will be working clearing scrub from the steep south facing slope known as Cardboard Hill. Up until a few years ago there were good numbers of Chalkhill Blues and Adonis butterflies. By 2015 the transect that has been running since 1998 showed we had lost them all. The reason is clear to see with scrub and coarse grasses smothering the food plant, horseshoe vetch. Hopefully the council will get it fenced and grazed with sheep soon, but in the mean time we will try and control the encroaching scrub.
Emma our countryside ranger will be joining us this Sunday and will bring hand tools including their new ‘Tree Poppers’ for pulling scrub out by the roots. I will bring our hand tools including an ‘Extractorgator’ similar to the Tree Popper.
The pictures show how the site has deteriorated since 2003, also the ‘Extracorgator’ in use.
Any queries please ring Geoff Stevens on 07422 543 872
The third Sunday of each month,18th September, !6th October and 20th November
Meet opposite Bevendean School between 115a and 117 Heath Hill Avenue at 10.30 am. We will be doing scrub clearing so wear tough clothing and good gloves. Tools will be provided.
The Bevendean Blues Walk on Saturday was attended by 19 people with ages ranging from a few months old to over 85 years After all the varied weather forecasts the day was sunny and warm. The species seen were Speckled Woods,
Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Marbled Whites, Gatekeepers, smal coppers, Brown Argus, Chalkhill Blues, Large Skippers, Small Skippers,Small and Large Whites, Dark Green Fritillary, Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshell.
Bevendean down was one of the late Colin Simmonds favourite sites. When the dew pond was restored we named it Simmonds Pond. Colin was a founder member of Sussex Butterfly Conservation and a former chairman.
Meet at 10.30 am between 115A and 117 Heath Hill Avenue opposite Bevendean School. We will be clearing hawthorn and sycamore regrowth from the hillside. Loppers and saws will be supplied but if you have your own favourite tools and gloves please bring them. Some of us may be using brush cutters but we will keep well away from people using hand tools, there is plenty space! We may have a B&H Ranger with us but we if not we do have our own insurance cover.. This is the steep south facing bank we will be working on clearing the regrowth in the more open areas.