Meet the Eastbourne Local Group

, 21 September 2023
Meet the Eastbourne Local Group
Eastbourne Local Group © Janet Nott

Emma Chaplin speaks to David Beer

Tell us about the Eastbourne Local Group – who are you and what do you get up to?

We are a friendly group run by volunteers with the aim of supporting the work carried out by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. All our members have a keen interest in the natural world. We run a full programme of events throughout the year. There are monthly evening meetings in Eastbourne where a visiting speaker will deliver an illustrated talk on some aspect of natural history and we also hold monthly local guided walks of two to three hours duration.

Clouded Yellow at Seaford Head © David Beer
Clouded Yellow at Seaford Head © David Beer

Do you need wildlife knowledge/any levels of fitness to join?

No prior knowledge of the rich biodiversity of Sussex is expected. Many of our members carry out wildlife surveys at sites close to Eastbourne and they are delighted to share their knowledge with complete beginners. Most of our walks are gentle ambles with frequent stops to look at the wildlife or the wonderful views.

What do you (personally) get out of it?

I am a retired biology teacher and one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching biology was the opportunity to introduce young people to the rich biodiversity they can find close to home. By leading walks and helping to organise the evening talks I can continue to raise awareness of the fantastic wildlife on our doorstep in East Sussex and help people connect with nature.

Is anyone welcome to join?

Anyone is welcome at our walks and talks. All we ask is that you book through Eventbrite. Full details of how to do this is available from Janet Nott our Secretary.

How might people go about finding out more?

Take a look at the section on the Sussex Wildlife Trust website which focuses on us here. Within this there is more detail on our activities with reports on past events. 

Contact details of Secretary Janet Nott - [email protected]

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  • Vanessa Maskell:

    Hello, I am a member of SWT and would be interested in the walks and talks offered by the Eastbourne Local Group, thank you.

    21 Sep 2023 19:18:00

  • Sussex Wildlife Trust:

    Hi, you can contact the Eastbourne Local Group at [email protected]