13 August 2013

Giant hawk returns to valley

A giant hawk is once again keeping watch over Sheepcote Valley - thanks to park rangers and local volunteers.

The hawk, originally carved into the hillside by artists from Same Sky back in 2001, has been restored to its former glory.

Led by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Park Rangers, volunteers from Brighton Conservation Volunteers (BCV), Sussex Wildlife Trust Youth Rangers and a corporate team from American Express spent two days re-cutting and weeding the lines of the hawk before re-applying three tonnes of chalk. The chalk, sourced from Woodingdean’s Lawn Memorial site half a mile away, was compacted using tamping bars and sledgehammers.

The hawk was previously restored in 2009 and 2011 by volunteers from scout groups, Friends of Sheepcote Valley and the Community payback team.

Councillor Ollie Sykes, deputy chair of the council’s Environment, Sustainability and Transport Committee said: “The vounteers have done an amazing job and the hawk looks stunning, especially from Wilson Avenue and Whitehawk Hill.

“We’ve already received numerous emails and calls from the public, saying how great it is to have the carving back on the hill.”


•           Volunteers working on the hawk were also rewarded with a glimpse of the city’s rarest butterfly - the Silver Spotted Skipper. The butterflies, from the city’s only healthy colony a short distance from the carving, emerged as work was taking place.