Brighton & Hove's Wildlife Forum

Who we are

We have a diverse variety of members, from all backgrounds. But we all share the same enthusiasm for wildlife and the same concerns for its future. Our commitment is to conserve and enhance Biodiversity across the Brighton and Hove area.

'Biodiversity' is important to all of us. Anything we can do, either through practical conservation work, or by campaigning and giving advice, we will do. 'Biodiversity' is a wonderful concept that could also be described as the 'rich variety of life', with its millions of species of living plants and animals. They need a healthy environment in which to thrive; a landscape that supports them naturally which is maintained for conservation.

Our members come from a range of local wildlife groups, also known as 'Friends Groups', and local experts in their field, such as volunteers from Butterfly Conservation, naturalists, students and professional environmental consultants.

Why is Brighton and Hove a special place for wildlife?

Brighton and Hove has large areas of 'chalk grassland' within its city limits, a very rare habitat. It is home to a profusion of tiny fragile plants, which provide food for insects and their larvae, these in turn feed small animals (e.g., birds, hedgehogs and voles) and larger animals (e.g., foxes and badgers). True chalk grassland, properly managed and maintained, is very 'Biodiverse'. It is often described as a 'rainforest in miniature'. It is, however, a landscape that needs to be managed and looked-after to survive. Preservation of this landscape means B&H is home to rare butterflies, such as the Small Blue, and rare plants, such as Nottingham Catchfly, whose only Sussex home is on the downland above the city.

The city has a wonderful shoreline and inshore marine environment, with a large area of rock pools full of fascinating creatures, and a pebble beach that is home to rare plants, such as Sea Heath and Yellow Horned Poppy. All of this area needs protection. In addition, B&H has woodlands, hedgerows and fields that are now managed for wildlife. B&H contains the oldest elm trees in the country and living on them is a population of the rare White-letter Hairstreak butterfly. We are very lucky in B&H that the surrounding countryside extends green fingers of land right into our housing estates and built-up areas. In B&H, you are never very far from a diverse wildlife habitat.

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We are looking for a new CHAIRPERSON and VICE CHAIR. Please contact us if you are organised and have about two hours each week to commit to maintaining BHWF.

After ten years the previous Chairman and Vice Chair stepped down to make way for new talent. They are still around if any specific question pops up you are unsure about.

Waxcap Fungi

Goldeneyes Lichen

Round-headed Rampion

Adonis Blue

Last updated 25 February 2021

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