Bird Ringing Before Breakfast

Starts at The Hydro Hotel, BN20 7HZ

Date & Time: Sunday 29th September, 7.30am – 9.30am

Event partner: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds & The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne.

Join RSPB’s Tony Vass on an early morning walk to Whitbread Hollow to see leading ornithologist Bob Edgar ringing birds. Discover what his work reveals about the impact of human activity on the migratory patterns of these fragile creatures. This unique event offers festival goers a rare opportunity to see birds close-up and to hear from Bob what’s needed to reverse their decline. This ticketed event concludes with a traditional Sunday Breakfast at The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne.

“Whitbread Hollow, the most easterly point in the South Downs National Park is the perfect ‘motorway service station’ for migratory birds. Ringing helps us to understand where they go and how long they live.”

About the Eastbourne Downland Group

The Eastbourne Downland Group (EDG) formed in 2017 following a successful campaign to keep the Eastbourne Downland Estate in public ownership.

The EDG is pleased to support the Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest now in its third year. The group’s mission: to facilitate world class walks and year-round events that are informative, entertaining and inspiring and to make them accessible to all. EDG aims to reach the widest possible audience and to create events that are inclusive.

EDG’s ambition is to establish a town-wide learning and participation programme that supports the education of all ages on land management, and the conservation of the environment. Over the next decade EDG will work towards producing events to celebrate the centenary of the Eastbourne Downland Estate in 2029.

EDG are grateful to have received support with the creation and realisation of this year’s quartet of Walk Fest events from the following: Eastbourne Borough Council, The Hydro Hotel,  South Downs National Park Authority, The Eastbourne Downs Golf Club, The Art School, The University of Brighton, Bob Edgar and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

For more information contact: eastbournedownlandgroup@gmail.com


Eastbourne Downland Group’s Walk Fest Guides

Phil Belden

Phil Belden is a Chartered Environmentalist, with two score years of experience dedicated to Protected Areas. Until recently, he held a directorial role in the South Downs National Park Authority. He is currently advising the Sussex Wildlife Trust. After briefly flirting with a City career, Phil switched to the Environment working first for Dorset Heritage Coast. Whilst with Suffolk Coast & Heaths he co-founded the Sandlings Group, to conserve Suffolk heathland and set up innovative urban-fringe education initiatives. Following his move to Sussex he established the Seven Sisters Marine Conservation Area and developed the South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service. He orchestrated the lobby to achieve Environmentally Sensitive Area status for the South Downs, enabling chalk grassland conservation, woodland and wetland management. He has worked on National Trails, recreation and tourism initiatives, and he progressed the campaign for National Park status. He is a founder member of the Eastbourne Downland Group.