We will carry on clearing small hawthorn and bramble regrowth from Cardboard Hill. Meet at 10.30 am at the start of the bridle path opposite Bevendean School Heath Hill Avenue or meet us on site.
Meet at the bridle path opposite Bevendean School Heath Hill Avenue at 10.30am
We will be clearing small hawthorn and bramble regrowth from the bottom of the slope known as Cardboard Hill.
Tools provided. We usually pack up by about 1pm.
The Annual General Meeting of Friends of Bevendean Down will be held at the community pub The Bevy at 7,30pm on Tuesday 24th February.
The Bevy is at the junction of Hillside and Widdicombe Way, South Moulscombe / Bevendean, Brighton.
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 150 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. 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.
On Sunday 16th November we will be working on the green at the end of Knepp Close clearing srcub and long grass. Meet on the site from 10.30 am. Knepp Close is the first turning on the right up Norwich Drive.
On Sunday 21st December on the same site we will be doing some more clearing and then having a bonfire with baked potatoes, sausages, cakes, tea, coffee and biscuits etc.
We will be joining Garry the ranger with a group of volunteers to help clear scrub from Cardboard Hill in preparation for the area to be grazed by sheep for a few weeks.
Over recent years this once prime wild life site has become overgrown with scrub and course grasses so that it has have lost many of its species of insects and downland flowers.
Sheep grazing for short periods in autumn or winter should improve this steep south facing chalk grass land.