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Brighton Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers

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What do your vol­un­teers do?

Our group was formed in 2002. Our vol­un­teers come from all walks of life but we have one thing in com­mon – we are com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing and en­hanc­ing our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment. We meet ev­ery Tues­day and work on lo­cal na­ture re­serves in and around the Brighton area, as well as fur­ther afield in East and West Sus­sex. We get in­volved in projects such as cop­pic­ing, chalk grass­land man­age­ment, wood­land con­ser­va­tion, pond­work, foot­path build­ing and main­te­nance, fenc­ing and meadow man­age­ment.

How have you helped wildlife?

We car­ried out ex­ten­sive veg­e­ta­tion clear­ance at Row­land Wood, a But­ter­fly Con­ser­va­tion site near Uck­field, to en­cour­age small pearl­bor­dered frit­il­lar­ies. The aim was to cre­ate open, sunny spa­ces where their favoured plant – the vi­o­let – can thrive. This species is very rare in the south-east and was wiped out at this par­tic­u­lar site af­ter a suc­ces­sion of cold, wet win­ters. How­ever, it was rein­tro­duced thanks to the skills of the man­ager of Row­land Wood and our work en­cour­ag­ing the right habi­tat con­di­tions should help it to sur­vive.

What sort of wildlife work have you done in the city?

We re­cently planted 10,000 wild­flower plugs on var­i­ous green ar­eas across Brighton and Hove with the aim of en­cour­ag­ing but­ter­flies and other in­sects. We’re also help­ing to main­tain num­bers of Ado­nis blue but­ter­flies on White­hawk Hill, an an­cient chalk grass­land and one of the steep­est gra­di­ents in Brighton, through scrub clear­ance work.

What’s a re­cent achieve­ment?

Last April, our vol­un­teers spent three days in­stalling 130 oak steps up White­hawk Hill. This im­por­tant green space now has a di­rect pedes­trian link to the rest of the city.



Vol­un­teers are help­ing small pearl­bor­dered frit­il­lar­ies.

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