Wheels of Life

Our History


  • New identity of “The Living Coast” launched to re-brand our Biosphere communications and work (March 2017)
  • Launch of our ‘Biosphere Research & Monitoring Strategy’ (2017-19) with local Universities (March 2017)
  • Partnership working with the University of Brighton and others in a CUPP-funded project to develop the foundation of a future Greenspaces Network for Brighton & Hove
  • Progress achieved on a European funding bid between English and French UNESCO Biosphere Regions to develop “bio-cultural heritage tourism” in the Channel region


    Establishment of Biosphere Delivery Board, chaired by Ben Earl (Southern Water) Development of a suite of priority projects led by Biosphere Delivery Board Partners
  • Creation of 2 pilot “rain gardens” (Sustainable Drainage Schemes) in Portslade parks to help address flood risk
  • Participation as a case study urban area in the national ‘SPADES’ project to develop a planning tool to take account of “ecosystem services” in developments
  • 10 schools in Brighton & Hove participated in the innovative “Our Water Maters” environmental education programme on the local water cycle, with funding from the University
  • of Brighton and BHCC Public Health Participation in first-ever meeting of UK Biospheres Network meeting, held in Dumfries Scotland (October 2016)


  • Transitional Biosphere Board established, for one year with Paula Murray (BHCC) as Chair
  • Formal link established with the Greater Brighton Economic Board
  • Creation of a ‘Bee Bed’ at The Level park in Brighton, with the University of Sussex, for public education about pollinators and garden plants’; and a new ‘Butterfly Bank’in Brighthelm Gardens in central Brighton
  • Publication of a 'Best of our Biosphere' guide with Visit Brighton to develop Development of a virtual Biosphere world using the popular computer game software of Minecraft Collaboration with Brighton Festival ‘Gauge’ artistic installation on water, and with Brighton Dome on a schools competition for water-saving ideas


  • Biosphere Management Strategy 2014-19 commences operation for 5- year period, and Action Plan of priority areas for improvement action drafted (April onwards)
  • Technical feedback received from UNESCO MAB International Advisory Committee (IAC) (April)
  • Successful decision on Biosphere designation received from UNESCO MAB International Co-ordinating Committee (ICC) (June 11th 2014)
  • Sussex Festival of Nature at Stanmer Park held as public celebration of our Biosphere (22nd June 2014)Partnership chair Chris Todd (CVSF) hands role over to Paula Murray


  • Public consultation on Biosphere proposal and draft Management Strategy document, promoted through a 4-month events roadshow (January-May 2013)
  • UNESCO MAB programme officer visits partners and area to provide advice on application
  • Bid package submitted to UNESCO, including finalised Biosphere Management Strategy (September)


  • Workshops held for urban & rural local stakeholders (March-April 2012)
  • Biosphere initiative launched to public on International Biodiversity Day, with events as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival and ‘eco-graffiti’ (May 2012)
  • UK Man & Biosphere (UK MAB) committee members visit to advise the Biosphere Partnership on our bid development (May 2012)
  • Promotion at numerous events and meetings (summer 2012)


  • UK Man & Biosphere (UK MAB) committee members from UNESCO visit to advise on the proposed application (July 2011)
  • Biosphere Project Officer appointed to develop the initiative, funded and hosted by Brighton & Hove City Council (from September 2011)