I first moved to Brighton to study Environmental Sciences at the university of Brighton and fell in love with the landscape that blankets the county of Sussex. The culture too, is one to inspire any person interested in wildlife. The people in Brighton are liberal, open minded and much more welcoming to environmental movements like wildlife conservation.
There is plenty of beauty here too. The rolling hills of chalk downland is home to beautiful wildflowers such as the round-headed rampion (Phyteuma orbiculare) – known as “the pride of Sussex”, brightening up the grassland with its blue-purple hued flowers. The ancient high weald supports a plant community rich in naturalness yet perfectly accessible and used by many people recreationally. And the incredibly hostile, salt splashed habitat of the coastline with all kinds of plants with fleshy leaves and sprawling habits – the thrill of discovering these never leaves me.
My interest in the botany of Sussex has grown over the past year or so. At university I was mostly concerned with studying mammals – which I owe to my incredibly inspiring former supervisor – and I graduated with the heavily influenced decision to pursue the academic world. However I quickly became disinterested with applying for research studies and after gaining a temporary job as a field surveyor, my interest dwindled to near nothing as I delved into the world of work. From there on out I slowly found my way to botany by working with different people and being exposed to different influences. And botany seems to have stuck.
I started out this blog with different ideas as I do now I am writing this. The blog has changed a lot over the last couple of years, along with my passions, influences and ideas. I have now come to terms with the fact that this blog has to encompass all of these changes if it is going to be successful – and by successful I mean remain active and reflecting what it sets out to. So here it is, my blog, sharing my ideas, thoughts and influences that may change from time to time but are centered on the plants and other wildlife found in Sussex.