Bevendean Down is an area of chalk grassland on the north east edge of Brighton. It has areas of good chalk grassland vegetation, beautiful in themselves with round headed rampion, autumn gentian, bastard toadflax etc. It is an important area for all the butterfly species of this habitat such as small blues, chalkhill blues, dingy and grizzled skippers though there has been a decline of adonis over recent years.
Friends of Bevendean DownFriends of Bevendean Down is a small but active group which has been working here for twenty five years trying to stop the scrub and course vegetation from swallowing the chalk grassland. We also try to publisize this jewel on the edge of the city. We have an occasional blog https://bevendeandown.wordpress.com.
Conservation work at Bevendean DownConservation work days are on the third sunday of the month 10:30am to 1pm. Depending on the season tasks include scrub clearance, brush cutting tall vegetation, path clearance, using hand and power tools. Tools are taken to the site by wheelbarrow so it is very helpful to know how many will be needed to be taken over! Please wear work gloves and footwear and bring your own gloves if possible please.
Bevendean Down - parking and access
Meeting place. Opposite Bevendean School between 115A and 117 Heath Hill Avenue by the bus stop. Grid reference TQ338064 or postcode BN2 4JP. This is on the 48 bus route or there is plenty of street parking.