Archive of: April, 2014

  • Sheep Worrying

    Please keep your dogs under close controlMichael BlencoweLewes Wildlife Community OfficerLast year I was leading an early evening wildlife walk along the River Ouse near Lewes. On the river bank path
  • 27.04.14 Lights! Camera! Insects!

    For today's DownTown Lewes event we collaborated with the Lewes Junior Film Club to put on a screening of the entomological kid's movie 'Erik and the little book of insects' about a young boy who get's shrunk and meets the bugs in his garden. To get the children in the
  • 26.04.14 Snakes and Lizards at South Malling

    As part of the DownTown Lewes project we're holding a number of events over the next few months celebrating the wildlife that can be found around the town.Today reptile expert Barry Kemp of the Sussex Amphibian and Reptile Group (SARG) gave a talk about snakes, lizards, frogs, toads and newts
  • 24.04.14 Churchyard wildflower planting

    As part of our DownTown Lewes project we've taken on a bit of a 'belt and braces' approach to getting wildflowers established. To ensure that these plants have a chance to take root in Lewes we've planted seeds in the autumn and we're now planting plug plants in the spring.Today
  • The X-Files

    Author Graeme LyonsEcologistTwo days. Two different invertebrate surveys. Two Xysticus crab spiders that I've not seen until now. Now by far the commonest Xysticus is Xysticus cristatus and you have to look through a lot of these to find the less common
  • HS2 and Sussex

    Ian Hepburn Author Ian HepburnHead of ConservationIt will have taken quite careful and persistent effort to have avoided any of the media attention given to High Speed 2 (HS2) over the four years
  • 24.04.14 Cinema paradiso

    The old Harvey's depot near the station is being turned into a community cinema. I stopped by yesterday to look at the plans for this exciting project and to suggest ways that the site could be used to benefit wildlife. There's a green roof being planned as well as plenty
  • 24.04.14 Top of the Bottoms

    This morning I visited Ashcombe Bottom on the Downs to the South of Lewes with National Trust Ranger Lee Walther. This fantastic downland valley is part of the National Trust's land on the Downs between Lewes and Offham. I've led walks to this area before but it was great to
  • Bird Song: Chaffinch

    Neil FletcherInterpretation Officer chaffinch / Neil FletcherThe song of the chaffinch is familiar and immediately recognisable, but within that tight framework each bird has his own voice, so you can recognise individuals. Furthermore there are