Looking for inspiration to get out and enjoy the East Sussex countryside as the first greens of spring begin to emerge and the warm sunshine breaks the winter’s chill?

If so, you’re in luck. For more than 100 years the Sussex Wildlife Trust has been protecting our county’s remarkably rich countryside and natural life while also providing opportunities for residents of all ages to learn about nature and engage with it. And in April residents are being offered a unique opportunity to learn more about the history and work of the Trust and given a whistle-stop tour of the sites it manages.

We’re lucky to live in a part of the world that has some astonishing landscapes and diverse wildlife habitats, but it’s something that’s so easy to take for granted. Michael Blencowe, the Wildlife Trust’s Senior Learning and Engagement Officer will be giving a talk at The Keep – East Sussex’s world class historical archive and record centre on the outskirts of Brighton.

Humble beginnings

Michael’s talk on Tuesday, 9 April promises to provide a fascinating insight into the work of the trust but also into the natural environment of our wonderful county. The Wildlife Trust’s work, which began with humble beginnings at its first project at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, now manages more than 30 reserves across Sussex covering coast, woodlands, downland, heaths and marshes.

Southerham Nature Reserve by Nigel Symington

The talk starts at 5.30pm and admission is £5. Visitors can turn up and pay on the door but booking is recommended. You can book your seat at this event through the events section of The Keep website here

For more information about The Keep visit the centre’s website. To learn more about the Trust and the reserves it manages visit the Sussex Wildlife Trust website