1 - Walk in Filsham   2 - BfotD News  3 - Thee Big Plastic Count  3 - REG Zoom talk
BEG has organised three guided walks this year on nature reserves managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT). The walks will be led by James Duncan of SWT. James leads various events for SWT including walks, talks and natural history identification courses. He is passionate about conservation and has a particular interest in bird photography and excellent knowledge of birdsong. He is experienced in the identification of inverterbrates and plant species. 
The first visit is on 15th June to Filsham Reedbed starting at 10.00am and lasting for about two hours. 
One of the largest reedbeds in Sussex, Filsham Reedbed sits at the southern end of the Combe Haven Valley, the green space between Bexhill and Hastings. The valley contains a range of wetland habitats and is an important resource for water and flood storage. Much of the valley is grazing marsh, but reed, reed-fen, swamp and areas of ancient woodland are all found here. This variety of habitats in turn supports a wide range of plant, invertebrate and bird life.
Owned by Hastings Borough Council and designated a Local Nature Reserve by them, Filsham Reedbed has been managed by SWT since the mid 1970s. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, along with the rest of the valley, designated for the range of habitats it supports, in particular the alluvial (where sediment is deposited by rivers) meadows and fen, but also for the dragonfly, fauna and bird life. The reedbed would originally have been grazing meadows as are still present further up the valley. However, with the cessation of grazing, reed already present within the ditches was allowed to spread and the reedbed we see today developed quite naturally in just a few decades. Over 1,000 species of Wetland Invertebrates have been recorded at Filsham Reedbed. 
If you would like to attend the guided walk, as there are limited places, please register your interest by clicking the button below. This will ask you for your name, the number of places (maximum of 2), an email address, mobile number and whether you are a BEG member. Places will be allocated initially to BEG members on a first come first served basis and then to non-members. There will be a small charge of £8 for BEG members and £10 for non-members which will be passed on to SWT as a donation (less £2 for non-members to be retained by BEG). You will then receive a confirmatory email in early June as to whether you have secured a place (subject to payment) with details of the meeting place. 
If you have any queries on the walk, please email
Bexhill Friends of the Down May 2022
The trees at the top of King Offa Wood are greening up well and we are hoping for some rain to help the newly planted whips in the lower section to succeed. Hazel Grove (down near the Fire Station) is looking more established and some of the trees there are growing well above their sleeves. The trees along Little Common Road are forming a green edge between the road and the football and cricket fields. The mowers have been out, but it looks as though there are many areas that are being left for the grass and wildflowers, with one or two paths mown through them for walkers. A big thanks to all our regular volunteers for litter-picking, weeding, strimming and mulching last month to help keep Bexhill Down looking good.
LITTER PICK:      Wed 11th May 2022 (next date 25th May 2022) meet at 9:30am opposite the Athletic Club. I will bring the wheelbarrow with litter grabbers, rings and bags - please bring your own gloves. We split up and cover different areas of the Down and the twittens around this area. We usually stay out for about one to one and a half hours.
TREE CARE:      Sat 14th May 2022 (next date 28th May 2022) meet at 9:30am by the bench below King Offa Wood (near King Offa Nursery Please wear gardening gloves, protective footwear. Please bring any of the following: spade, trowel, shears or a battery strimmer if you have one. We usually stay out for about one to one and a half hours.
As usual, our regular activities on Bexhill Down are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month (Litter pick) and the Saturdays following these Wednesdays (Tree care).
I will email to cancel on each day around 9am if the weather is very bad.
Wendy Dennis
Co-ordinator of Bfotd and Member of BEG

The big plastic count
is taking place 16-22 May. Do click on the link and register to join in. 
Rother Environmental Group - Zoom event

Sea bathers were advised recently that our bathing waters were polluted. REG are delighted that on 31st May we welcome Rob Thurston and Barry Woodham who will explain the efforts Southern Water make to ensure our seas are safe for bathers.
Rob Thurston manages the Southern Water in-house Misconnections Team. The team was formed in January 2019 to pro-actively investigate the surface water sewers in bathing water locations across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Using a range of techniques, they aim to identify properties (domestic & business) with wastewater connected to the surface water sewer. By successfully stopping household waste from entering the environment, local watercourses bathing water can benefit greatly.
Barry Woodham works with the bathing water team which is also working to improve bathing water quality across our entire region, which benefits all users of coastal water

REG Zoom Talks are open to non-members. We are a membership organisation and would very much like you to join us. Fees until our AGM in November are £5 (price of 2 cups of coffee). To find out how to become a member of Rother Environmental Group please contact us on:
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