Group of students walking on fallen tree trunk in wintery woods at Devils Dyke

Nature walk and social at Devil’s Dyke

To take a break from studies this February, 40 students and staff from Geography, Environment and Ecology courses decided to get out of the city for a casual social event. The chosen location was Devil’s Dyke. With its deep ice-cut valley, its wildlife, its folk legends and its panoramic views across the South Downs, this was the perfect place to roam around on a Saturday afternoon! And being just 20 minutes from the city by bus, it’s easy to travel to any time.

The weather turned out to be unusually misty, lending an eerie beauty to the trip. Even though we couldn’t see all the way down to the sea, we still managed to explore the area over a couple of hours. We were joined by a National Trust guide – storyteller Adam Skerret – who explained the area’s long and changing history, and the relationship between myth-making and natural environments.

We also ran a photo contest for students, with two categories. Congratulations go to Alex Cunnington, studying Geography BSc for his fantastic winning entry to the Best Photo of students category, and to John Norris who is studying Ecology and Conservation for his winning shot in the Best Photo of the Landscape category. Check out their winning images in this post!

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Nick McGlynn

Research fellow at Brighton university specialising in geographies of LGBTQ equalities.

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