Category: enviroment

A Beginners Guide to Butterflies

During the summer Sussex comes alive with butterflies. In a new series of free online courses, butterfly expert Michael Blencowe, will help you to identify the butterfly species found in Sussex and give you a fascinating insight into their amazing lifestyles. These short talks are free, but donations to support our […]

Wild Coast Sussex – an exciting new project to connect coastal communities with their beautiful Sussex seas.

Sussex Wildlife Trust is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £528,600* by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Wild Coast Sussex Project thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. Wild Coast Sussex will inspire Sussex communities to care for the marine environment and enable them to protect their local coast and sea. Sussex […]


Specialist class action law firm Harcus Parker has obtained previously unseen documents which show as many as 100,000 petrol 1.2 litre Nissan Qashqais breach emissions limits by up to 15 times when driven on roads in real world conditions. The law firm, which is today launching a major legal action […]

Hope you enjoyed it!

With the Seahaven FM Coastline bathed in sunshine for so many days we were all spoiled. While we basked on our beaches in 26 degree heat many parts of the Mediterranean reached only 23 or 24. So just as well we are unable to travel- just stay home. The packed […]

Bee-friendly flowers in public gardens as Covid-19 hits plant supplies

Public gardens across Lewes district will not be showcasing their usual summer floral displays this summer because of plant supply issues due to the Covid-19 crisis – however a pollinator-friendly alternative is being sown instead.  Lewes District Council uses around 45,000 bedding plants every summer to create beautiful flower displays at its gardens which include Southover Grange Gardens in Lewes, Fort Road Recreation […]

Up to 75,000 Mercedes cabbies & van owners potentially due £5k each as specialist London legal firm investigates ‘defeat devices’ in Vito and V-Class diesel taxis & vans

·      Commercial litigation firm Harcus Parker today announces it is launching a legal action against Mercedes-Benz on behalf of owners of affected taxis and vans ·      Harcus Parker acts for taxi drivers and drivers of other affected Mercedes vehicles who claim their vehicles are fitted with unlawful defeat devices similar in principle […]

Free delivery of caddy liners promotes food recycling during pandemic

Lewes District Council is introducing free delivery of compostable liners to encourage residents to continue recycling their leftover food during the Covid-19 crisis.  While free compostable liners for food waste have long been available to residents, these had to be collected from locations across the district such as council offices or tourist information centres.  With these pick-up locations currently closed and vulnerable residents unable to leave their homes to […]

Council waste team praised for extra clean-ups

Lewes District Council’s street cleansing crews have gone into overdrive during lockdown taking on extra duties to keep the district looking its best.  The Environment First team has extended its rounds into areas the council is not responsible for cleaning, to ensure people can enjoy clean and litter free surroundings when they go out for exercise.  Councillor Julie Carr, Cabinet member […]

Return of bulky waste collections to Lewes district is welcomed

Bookings have re-opened for bulky waste collections in Lewes district after the service was temporarily suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus crisis.  Bulky waste covers items which cannot be recycled or disposed of in household or communal bins such as kitchen appliances and furniture.  With household waste, recycling and garden waste collections continuing as usual, bulky waste was the only element of Lewes […]

Bird nests under threat

Charlotte Owen, Conservation Officer at the Sussex Wildlife Trust is asking people working in their gardens during lockdown to spare a thought for nesting birds.  With more people spending time in their gardens she is concerned that the temptation to ‘over tidy’ may have a negative effect on nesting birds. […]

Council continues tough stance on flytipping with another £250 fine

A second person has been fined £250 within two weeks after their rubbish was discovered flytipped in Lewes district.  Lewes District Council responded following a report of household and building waste dumped on the verge of Gorham’s Lane, Telscombe, on Tuesday, April 7.  One of the council’s Neighbourhood First advisors sifted through the rubbish for evidence of the owner and […]

Residents thank waste crews for ‘business as usual’ services

Hardworking council waste crews are being thanked by residents across Lewes district in helping to keep the country going during the pandemic.  Household, recycling, clinical and garden waste collections are operating as normal in Lewes district while some neighbouring authorities have suspended their garden waste pick-ups.  The only current change is there are no bulky waste collections at this time for items such as kitchen […]

Flytippers are warned council ‘remains vigilant’ during pandemic

 A woman whose rubbish was flytipped at a beauty spot in Lewes district has been fined £250.  Lewes District Council took action following a report by a resident that bundles of waste had been found dumped at Chailey Common on Tuesday, March 31.  Before clearing away the discarded pile of debris, the council’s Neighbourhood First team searched for evidence of the owner. They found correspondence addressed […]

Firle Flytipping

Officers attended with colleagues from NeighbourHood First to address your concerns of recent fly tipping in Firle. Fly tipping on an industrial scale like this can include hazardous waste, please do not attempt to clear items and report large scale fly tipping to the Police. While the police will take […]

‘Citizen scientists’ wanted to help measure air quality

People across Lewes district are being invited to take part in an international project to monitor air quality.Councillor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said: “‘This is a chance for everyone, young and old, to become ‘citizen scientists’ and contribute to an international project measuring local air quality. “Improving air […]