Steyning Downland Scheme

A place to enjoy, A place to protect, A place to be proud of

EVENTS 2014
Here is a listing of our events so far for this year. Click on the links for further information, or contact the Project Manager: 01903 817996
Download a Leaflet
HERE

MONTHLY EVENTS

Steyning Downland Scheme Ranger Group
Meet on the first Saturday of every month 10 – 3 for a practical, fun day out doors looking after our local downs.  Wear sturdy shoes and outdoor clothing, and bring a packed lunch.
For more details
click here and/or contact Sarah Quantrill: shquantrill@gmail.com

Steyning Downland Scheme Botany Surveyors
Meet once a month, May to September, to identify the flora growing on the Chalk Grassland.  An interest and willingness to learn are the most important things.  If you are interested in surveying any other wildlife on the site, please co make contact.
For more details
click here and/or contact our Project Manager for more details: 01903 817996 sds@wistonestate.co.uk

Steyning Downland Scheme Bird Surveyors
Meet once a month, March to June, to identify the birds present across the Horseshoe and the Rifle Range.  An interest and willingness to learn are the most important things.  If you are interested in surveying any other wildlife on the site, please co make contact. For more details
click here and/or contact our Project Manager for more details: 01903 817996 sds@wistonestate.co.uk
 
Sunday Conservation Group
Led by SGS Forest School, Oct - Jun
For Steyning Grammar School students
9.30 – 2.30, last Sunday of each month.
Wear sturdy shoes and outdoor clothing
Bring packed lunch, drinks provided
For more details contact Christine Humphreys on 07791 437790

Wiston Dog Walks
The current leaders are unable to continue these at present, due to health problems.  If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact our Project Manager at sds@wistonestate.co.uk  01903 817996

JANUARY

Stargazing at The Star Inn
Friday 24th January
6pm – 7.30pm
A FREE EVENT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
(followed by folk music at The Star Inn)
Come and discover more about the night sky with local astronomers and look through some powerful telescopes.
NO BOOKING REQUIRED – JUST TURN UP
& DRESS WARMLY.

MARCH

'Beat The Bounds' Walk
23rd March
Meet at 3pm at the old NTC hut off Mouse Lane
More information
HERE

29th March
Guided Reptile Walk
10am - 12.30am
Meet at the NTC hut, Mouse Lane
Join experienced herpetologist George McCarthy to search for Adder, Common Lizard and Grass Snake and learn more about these elusive reptiles of the Steyning Downland.

SAT 29th MARCH, 7pm
STARGAZING for JUPITER
FREE EVENT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Meet in The Star Inn car park at 7pm  
We are hoping for clear skies for our next Stargazing event which is taking place on the Rifle Range, off Mouse Lane next Saturday at 7pm.  If the weather's good we'll be observing the planet Jupiter and learning about the night sky through powerful telescopes with local astronomers.
Meet at The Star car park or, if you arrive after 7pm, head straight to the Rifle Range off Mouse Lane
No booking required BUT event will only go ahead if skies are clear. Pop in to The Star at 7pm to find out

APRIL

Tuesday 15th April
10-12.00pm
Bug-Tastic
FREE Easter Nature drop in event for parents & children under 8.  Build a bug hotel or butterfly feeder to take home, or go on a bug hunt. Find out more about the fantastic bugs and insects that live on the Steyning Downland Scheme.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please Note: Event is weather dependant and won't run if raining

Meet at:  Log pile, Rifle Range (follow the first track on the left,off Mouse Lane)
Organised in partnership with The Outdoors Project - for more information contact: katie.scanlan@theoutdoorsproject.co.uk

MAY

Wednesday 14th May
6.00-9.00pm
iRecord Training Evening
Free
Charles Roper
Steyning Athletics Club, Charlton Street
TQ 175,113

iRecord is a web-based program which allows local naturalists to collate wildlife sightings, have them checked by experts and made available to support research and decision-making. Find out more with Charles Roper from the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.

Sunday 25th May
3-4.30pm
Roam the Rifle Range
£6 Must book: The Steyning Bookshop, tel: 01903 812062, www.thesteyningfestival.co.uk
Justin Russell
Grass bank by Mouse Cottage, just off Mouse Lane. Map ref: TQ 173,114.

Find out about the fascinating history of Steyning's Rifle Range: who used it, how it worked and why. Take a tour around the targets and imagine our Downs in a different age. Led by Justin Russell, Senior Archaeologist from the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Wear stout footwear. Sorry, no dogs. 2 miles (3km).


Wednesday 28th May
7 - 9am
Songs of the Dawn
£7.50 . Please pre-book at The Steyning Bookshop, Tel: 01903 812062, www.steyningfestival.co.uk.
Andrew Armitage
Join bird expert Andrew Armitage and ‘trill’ to the experience of the awakening countryside. Listen for the Nightingale, the rattle of the Whitethroat and the nasal song of the Yellowhammer. Watch out for deer and other early morning wildlife. This is followed by a cooked alfresco breakfast. Wear stout footwear and, sorry, no dogs.

Friday 30th May
2.30pm - 5pm
The Wonders of the Steyning Downland Scheme
£5 Please pre-book at The Steyning Bookshop, Tel: 01903 812062, www.steyningfestival.co.uk
Matthew Thomas
Grass bank by Mouse Cottage, just off Mouse Lane. Map ref: TQ 173,114.

Come and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Steyning Downland Scheme; see what has been achieved and discuss plans for the future. A place to enjoy, a place to protect and a place to be proud of. There are some uneven surfaces. Wear stout shoes and bring your water bottle. Led by Matthew Thomas, SDS Project Manager.

Saturday 31st May
7 - 9am
Songs of the Dawn
£7.50 . Please pre-book at The Steyning Bookshop, Tel: 01903 812062, www.steyningfestival.co.uk.
Andrew Armitage
Join bird expert Andrew Armitage and ‘trill’ to the experience of the awakening countryside. Listen for the Nightingale, the rattle of the Whitethroat and the nasal song of the Yellowhammer. Watch out for deer and other early morning wildlife. This is followed by a cooked alfresco breakfast. Wear stout footwear, children welcome and, sorry, no dogs.

JUNE

Friday 6th June
7.00-9.00pm
SDS Acoustic
£3 (under 18s – donation)
Emma Edwards
Old Flint Barn, Map Ref: TQ 164,114

An evening of musical entertainment showcasing local talent by young performers, within the natural amphitheatre of the old Flint Barn chalk pit. BBQ included. The event involves a 1 mile walk with some steep slopes to reach the concert venue. Wear sensible footwear. More info.: sdsadmin@wistonestate.co.uk


Saturday 7th June
10.30-12 noon
Creative Writing Workshop
£5 Must book: The Steyning Bookshop, tel: 01903 812062, www.thesteyningfestival.co.uk
Emma-Jane Hughes
Grass bank by Mouse Cottage, just off Mouse Lane. Map ref: TQ 173,114.

Let your imagination run wild! Join us for an open air creative writing workshop in the heart of the Steyning Downland Scheme. Led by Emma-Jane Hughes. Just bring a notebook, pen, water and a snack. Wear stout shoes. Pre - booking is essential.

Saturday 7th June
9.30-1.30pm
Conservation Morning
Free
SDS Rangers
Grass bank by Mouse Cottage, just off Mouse Lane. Map ref: TQ 173,114

Join the Steyning Downland Scheme Ranger team for some practical conservation activity. Have fun on the Downs and make new friends. All ages welcome. Bring a packed lunch. Wear stout footwear and gloves. Bring water bottles.
More info.: Sarah shquantrill@gmail.com


Friday 13th June
10.00am– 12.30pm
Botany Survey
Free
Petra Billings
Log pile on the Rifle Range. Map Ref: TQ 168,113

Help with our ongoing monitoring project by getting involved in a botany survey of the chalk grassland. All levels of experience welcomed, including beginners at wild flower identification. Bring a packed lunch if you want to stay on for a picnic after the survey. Please contact Petra Billings on petra.billings@btopenworld.com for further details.

JULY

Sunday 13th July
2.00-3.30pm
Bumblebee Walk
donation
Sam Page
Grass bank by Mouse Cottage, just off Mouse Lane. Map ref: TQ 173,114
Learn about the many different kinds of Bumblebee that live on the Steyning Downland, and learn how you can attract some of them into your garden! Led by Sam Page from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Suitable for children and dogs on leads.
More info.: sdsadmin@wistonestate.co.uk

Thursday 17th July
6.00 – 8.30pm
Botany Survey
free
Petra Billings
Log pile on the Rifle Range. Map Ref: TQ 168,113
Help with our ongoing monitoring project by getting involved in a botany survey of the chalk grassland. All levels of experience welcomed, including beginners at wild flower identification. Bring a packed lunch if you want to stay on for a picnic after the survey. Please contact Petra Billings on petra.billings@btopenworld.com for further details.

Friday 18th July
9.30am - 4.30pm
Art Day
free
Elisabeth Harden
Details provided on booking
Join local artists for a day of field-drawing and painting on the picturesque downs. No previous experience necessary. Please bring your own materials, equipment and picnic lunch. Must book: sdsadmin@wistonestate.co.uk.

Sunday 20th July
9.30-1.30pm
Conservation Morning
free
SDS Rangers
Grass bank by Mouse Cottage, just off Mouse Lane. Map ref: TQ 173,114
Join the Steyning Downland Scheme Ranger team for some practical conservation activity. Have fun on the Downs and make new friends. All ages welcome. Bring a packed lunch. Wear stout footwear and gloves. Bring water bottles.
More info.: Sarah shquantrill@gmail.com


Wednesday 23rd July
9.45 - 11.45pm
Glow-worm Hunt
free
Simon Jackson
Bowls Club Car Park, Mill Road. Map Ref: TQ 174,113
Hunt for this fascinating and elusive beetle which makes its home on the Steyning Downland. Once seen, never forgotten! Bring a torch and wear sturdy shoes. More info.: sdsadmin@wistonestate.co.uk.

Wednesday 30th July
10am - 3.30pm
Bushcraft Day
£8.50
Christine Humphries
Joining details provided on booking
In association with SGS Forest Schools. For 8 - 14 year olds. Shelter building, treasure hunts, cooking over the fire, outdoor quizzes. Includes snacks. Pre-booking essential. Must book: sdsadmin@wistonestate.co.uk.

AUGUST

Friday 1st August
10am - 3.30pm
Bushcraft Day
£8.50
Christine Humphries
Joining details provided on booking

In association with SGS Forest Schools. For 8 - 14 year olds. Shelter building, treasure hunts, cooking over the fire, outdoor quizzes. Includes snacks. Pre-booking essential. Must book: sdsadmin@wistonestate.co.uk.

Friday 15th August
10am – 12.30pm
Botany Survey
free
Petra Billings
Log pile on the Rifle Range. Map Ref: TQ 168,113
Help with our ongoing monitoring project by getting involved in a botany survey of the chalk grassland. All levels of experience welcomed, including beginners at wild flower identification. Bring a packed lunch if you want to stay on for a picnic after the survey. Please contact Petra Billings on petra.billings@btopenworld.com for further details.

Sunday 24th August
10.30 – 12.00 noon
Targeting Hairstreaks on the Rifle Range
free
Richard Roebuck
Bowls Club Car Park, Mill Road. Map Ref: TQ 174,113
Join Butterfly Conservation in their hunt for the elusive Brown Hairstreak at one of its best-known localities in the UK. Suitable for children and dogs on leads. More info.: sdsadmin@wistonestate.co.uk.

SEPTEMBER

Sunday 7th September
12.30 - 3.30pm
The Big Picnic
free
Big Picnic Field

Family fun on the Rifle Range. Games, walks, bushcraft activities, tractor rides, bacon butties and much more! Bring a picnic and a rug. More info.: sdsadmin@wistonestate.co.uk


Saturday 27th September
3.00 – 5.00pm
Ranger Romp THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
£3 (adults) children free
Steyning Athletics
Log pile on the Rifle Range. Map Ref: TQ 168,113
In association with Steyning Athletics Club. A fun cross-country run around the boundary of the Steyning Downland. Refreshments provided. Wear sensible footwear! Must book. More info: HERE

DECEMBER

Monday 8th December
7pm - 9pm
THE DUKES ARE COMING!
A free event introducing the 'Dukes of Steyning' Project. More information HERE
The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3XZ