Do you have an interest in wildlife and nature in Brighton? Are you looking to find local places where you can get up close and personal with local wildlife? White Rabbit has just made it a bit easier for you!
With a recently revived love and lust for nature, I went searching on Google Maps for designated sites to find interesting flora and fauna easily in the local area. Knowing that there are at least 8 Local Nature Reserves (LNR) across Brighton & Hove, I was disappointed to find that only 3 were pinned on Google Maps and only 1 recorded as an LNR.
Nature Reserves in Brighton
As a regular contributor to Google Maps, with a healthy Local Guide rating and several Google awards for: helping others get the right info about places on Google, bringing locations to life with amazing photos and videos of places people care about and adding important info about places; White Rabbit has now added 8 of Brighton & Hove’s Local Nature Reserves to Google Maps.
Brighton & Hove is home to some of the UK’s rarest natural habitats. With close links to the South Downs National Park, most of our Local Nature Reserves are strong holds for Calcareous or Chalk Grassland, a nationally rare habitat type. Besides the chalk grassland, which hosts a wealth of rare and ‘listed’ species; we also have some excellent examples of Vegetated Shingle within our city, another nationally scarce habitat type.
Besides the Local Nature Reserves now listed on Google Maps, 4 Local Geological Sites of interest have been added. These are sites that hold specific interest to geologists, archaeologists, fossil collectors and others. Brighton’s cliff faces hold vital info about past climate change over millions of years and they are easily visible from some of these sites.
Some of the listings are still waiting to be verified, several have photos and details of the sites in the form of reviews. Hopefully before long they will all be fully verified and stuffed, with fantastic photos of the wonderful wildlife that can be found within.
Local Nature Reserves in Brighton
See the list of Brighton & Hove Nature Reserves on
Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/WwhuX162P3yqeY66A
- Beacon Hill
- Benfield Hill
- Bevendean Down
- Ladies Mile
- Stanmer Park
- Whitehawk Hill
- Wild Park
- Withdean Woods
Local Geological Sites in Brighton
See the list of Brighton & Hove Geological Sites of Interest on
Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/6bNUNai8rALXm2Ze8
Why Do This?
A vital part of protecting our environment, now and in the future, is to understand and support the biodiversity. Because the Google Maps API is used in the vast majority of mapping apps these days, this work will also form part of a wider project; to help with wildlife recording and monitoring at these sites.
White Rabbit enjoys giving back to the local community. Providing time and resources to local projects that improve and better the environment for all. As a keen amateur naturalist and ecologist, I hope that sharing info about the Local Nature Reserves will make these places more accessible to the new wave of tech savvy Wildlife Warriors among us and those who didn’t even know these places existed.