Forthcoming Meetings

IWNHAS meeting

IWNHAS meeting

Welcome to our Spring/Summer programme – March to September 2018

All members are very welcome to join any Section meeting. If you wish to become a regular participant in any Section, please give your name and contact details to the Section Leader, who could then inform you of any activities which do not appear in the published programme. In the event of bad weather, please check with the Section Leader before setting out. See your printed programme for section leaders’ names and telephone numbers.

Visitors are welcome to attend up to 2 meetings in a year and are requested to introduce themselves to the leader at the start of the meeting. We hope that this will encourage them to join us. There may be a few meetings that have to be restricted to members only, for various reasons. This will be indicated in the programme.

Health & Safety advice:

  • On outdoor activities, please wear stout waterproof footwear.
  • Anyone participating in any event in this Programme does so at his/her own risk.
  • Please sign the fire register on arrival at indoor meetings.


Important Announcements


PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE  before attending any meeting listed in the printed programme, as meetings may have to be cancelled or postponed, due to bad weather, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. Section Leaders will do their best to update the website, but in the event of a severe weather forecast, widespread flooding, etc., you are also advised to telephone the Leader of each meeting on the day, before you set out, to find out whether the meeting is to be held, postponed or cancelled.



The Archaeology Group meets informally on most Wednesday mornings, details of meeting times and venues are available on the website

There will be several trips and visits in the coming months and these will be advertised on the Society Web pages. For those who do not have access to the Web, and wish to join in these activities, please contact Delian (Tel: 853292) or email so that your name can be added to our contacts list.



Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 7 March at 10.00 hrs

Carisbrooke & Newport – Meet Whitcombe Road Priory car park (SZ489875) for the shorter (4 mile) Island 2000 Mill Trail. Although based on historic sites there should be flora and fauna to look at and record. Leaders: Paul & Jo Bingham (Tel: 526049).


Saturday 10 March at 09.30 hrs

Newtown – Meet at the National Trust visitor centre car park (SZ424905) for a walk in the area. We should see gulls, waders, ducks and geese. Leader: Nicky Falconar (Tel Jackie Hart: 612677).

General Meeting

Saturday 10 March at 14.00 hrs

Binoculars: a talk by Richard Flux about the history and development of the technology of this essential tool for natural history enthusiasts. Venue: Arreton Community Hall.


Saturday 17 March at 14.00 hrs

St Lawrence Village Hall. Making Sense of Mythology: Looking at various approaches to myth taken by various mythologists, anthropologists, psychologists and philosophers. A complementary talk by Alan Phillips, following on from the previous one on archaeology and religion.


Saturday 24 March at 13.45 for 14.00 hrs

All our members are invited to attend the AGM to hear about the Society’s activities and finances during the past year and to vote for our officers and committees. We look forward to meeting you and having a chat, and we will try to answer any questions. Contributions of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, crisps, nuts, fruit etc for the buffet tea would be much appreciated. Venue: Arreton Community Centre (SZ541861).


Members Only General Meeting

Saturday 7 April at 14.00 hrs

The East Yar Valley Wetland Nature Reserves – And The Oil Threat at Arreton, a talk by Jamie Marsh and Steve Eggerton-Read from The Wildlife Trust about the importance of these habitats to wildlife, followed by a talk by Sylvia May from Frack-Free Isle of Wight about oil extraction techniques, those applicable to the geology of the Isle of Wight and their possible impacts on the environment and human health. Venue: Arreton Community Hall.

General Meeting

Saturday 14 April at 14.00 hrs

Marine Conservation Zones: a talk by Tim Ferrero of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust about the fascinating diversity of marine life around the Island’s coasts, in a variety of habitats, and how these are threatened by human activities – hence the need to protect them by creating Marine Conservation Zones. A public consultation on the third and last stage of this project is expected any time now. Venue: Arreton Community Centre (SZ541861).

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 18 April at 10.30 hrs

Shorwell. Meet at Northcourt (SZ458832). John Harrison will give a brief talk on the wildlife in the area followed by a walk around the grounds. Leader: Mary Edmunds (Tel: 532055).


Saturday April 28 at 10.00 hrs

The Westbrook Centre (entrance off Oakhill Rd Ryde (SZ618914) has meadow with an impressive display of green-winged orchids in spring. We are intending to carry out a thorough botanical survey to assist in the management of this site. Please bring an identification book, pencil and hand lens if you have one. We have to sign in to the Centre so please arrive promptly. Please note this is a morning meeting as this is convenient to the site manager. Leader: Anne Marston (Tel: 527857 (eves)).


Sunday 29 April at 09.30 hrs

West High Down – Meet at the National Trust Chalk Pit car park above the High Down Inn, Totland (SZ324855) for a downland walk. Some stiles and steep in places. We hope to see migrants and possibly Peregrine and Raven. Leader: Anthea Blackwell (Tel: 873694).


General Meeting

Saturday 5 May at 0930 hrs

A Quaternary coastal walk. Starting at Bembridge lifeboat station, this walk will pass south along the top of the beach towards Bembridge Forelands and the cliffs behind Black Rock Ledge. En-route we will see evidence of Alpine folding in the underlying Bembridge Limestone, pass sediments deposited during the last ice-age and locate the evidence for the former beach that once covered all of Bembridge over 100,000 years ago. Meet at the Life Boat Station car park off Lane End Road. (SZ 6563 8806). If parking in the car park please allow for 3 hours of ticket to be safe. Leader: Trevor Price


Saturday 12 May All day

This year’s Bioblitz will be part of the 2 day Hullabaloo Festival (12th -13th May) at Sandown being organised by Shademakers and The Common Space with help from Arc and Artecology. The recording hub will be in the vicinity of Dinosaur Isle Museum (SZ606848). The event includes hands-on science, field work, lab work, walks and talks as well as music and other entertainment and, we hope, additional recording activities on both the previous evening and the evening of 12th May. More details will be on the society website nearer the time (and look out for news on The Common Space Facebook page too).


Saturday 12 May at 09.30 hrs

Medina Estuary – Meet at the picnic site car park on the west bank of the River Medina, Newport (SZ502902) for a walk to Werrar. Warblers and nesting birds. Leader: Nicky Falconar (Tel: Jackie Hart 612677).


Sunday 13 May at 14.00 hrs

St Mildred’s churchyard Whippingham – This churchyard has an attractive spring flora. Please bring an identification book, pencil and hand lens if you have one. Parking in large layby along nearby road (Beatrice Avenue) or church car park. (SZ511936). Leader: Colin Pope (Tel: 611591).

Looking at the Countryside

Tuesday 22 May at 10.30 hrs

Bonchurch. Meet at Wheelers Bay Car Park Ventnor (SZ569774). Andy Butler will talk about the project working with Ventnor Town Council and Natural England to enhance the Glanville Fritillary habitat. Walk to Bonchurch and back – about 2 hours. Leader: Andy Butler (Tel: 854925).



Friday 1 June at 20.30 hrs

Parkhurst Forest – Meet at the main car park (SZ482900) for a walk in the forest for an evening walk to hear and see Nightjars as well as Woodcock. Please bring a torch as it will be dark when we finish and the paths are uneven. Leader: Jackie Hart: (Tel: 612677).


Tuesday 5 June at 13.00 hrs

Nansen Hill, Bonchurch – Help record species in this Gift to Nature reserve. Grazing is likely to be re-introduced and so meetings over consecutive years will, it is hoped, help to measure the impact of this. Meet at the Landslip car park off the Shanklin to Bonchurch road (SZ581789). Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477).


Saturday 9 June at 11.00 hrs

Pastureland in Freshwater This piece of horse grazed pasture (SZ 340873) has been managed to increase the diversity of flowering plants for a number of years. Please bring an identification book, pencil and hand lens if you have one. Meet at the Moa Place Car Park Freshwater (SZ 338871). Leader: Anne Marston (Tel: 527857 (eves)).


Saturday 9 June at 14.00 hrs

Colwell Common This site has a long history of interesting plants. The mowing regime has been changed in recent years to encourage the flowering of orchids and several other interesting finds were made last year. We are hoping to produce a comprehensive list to assist the parish council in their management of this site. Please bring an identification book, pencil and hand lens if you have one. Park on nearby roads (SZ328876). Leader: Anne Marston (Tel: 527857 (eves)).

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 13 June at 10.00 hrs

St Lawrence. Meet at Hejira, Hunts Road, St Lawrence (SZ528762) for a walk around the Undercliff, village and Pelham Woods to the top cliff descending via the Cripple Path back to St Lawrence along the new path. Spectacular views, plants and local history. Bring picnic lunch and enjoy the lovely garden after. Leaders: Hazel & Dave Trevan (Tel: 853927).


Saturday 16 June at 13:00 hrs

National Moth Nights. Jubilee car park, Mottistone Down – This year the theme is Pyralid Moths, which include many day time flying species. We are therefore going for a day time meeting to see what we can find on the chalk grassland. (SZ 420846) Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477).


Saturday 23 June at 14.00 hrs

Merstone Station A visit to the Gift to Nature site on the old railway station at Merstone, to practice grass identification in particular. Please bring an identification book, pencil and hand lens if you have one. Parking available at the site, off Merstone Lane (SZ 527845). Leader: Anne Marston (Tel: 527857 (eves)).


Summer Recording Event

Sunday 1 July at 14.00 hrs

At Dinosaur Isle, Sandown Bay (SZ606847) – Following on from last year’s successful training event, we are holding another practical afternoon event giving participants an opportunity to learn about naming, identifying and recording various groups of plants and animals. Please bring suitable footwear, cameras and hand lenses. Parking charges apply; car sharing advised. Leader: Colin Pope (Tel: 611591).

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 4 July at 10.30 hrs

Shanklin Old Village. Meet at free car park by the pond near church in Shanklin Old Village (SZ578806) for a shortish walk giving some of the history of the buildings and previous residents of the area around Rylstone Gardens, Shanklin Chine and Shanklin Manor. Leader: Iris Fay (Tel: 741092).


Tuesday 10 July at 13.00 hrs

Pan Mill Meadows, Newport – A visit to this new reserve under the management of Gift to Nature. Use town centre car parks. Meet at St George’s Approach, near bridge over River Medina. (SZ 502888 ). Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477).


Sunday 15 July at 09.30 hrs

Shide – Meet at the small car park (SZ503881) at the beginning of the cycle path to Blackwater. If the car park is full, there should be space along the road. We shall be walking north along the track to Pan Mill Meadows and then back and along the cycle track towards Blackwater. Pot luck but we should also see butterflies and dragonflies. Leader: Sue Blackwell (Tel: 529125).


Saturday 21 July at 13:00 hrs

Golden Hill Fort, Freshwater – This is a return visit to this site, now a Gift to Nature reserve. Parking in gravel car park through the industrial estate from the Colwell Road, near entrance to fort. (SZ338878) Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477).


Saturday 21 July at 14.00 hrs

Sandown Meadows – This a wetland reserve managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. One of its specialities is tubular water dropwort which should be coming into flower. Please bring an identification book, pencil and hand lens if you have one. Wellingtons advisable. Site is off Perowne Way in Sandown. Park considerately on nearby roads and meet at the footpath at (SZ595852). Leader: Anne Marston (Tel: 527857 (eves)).

General Meeting

Saturday 28 July at 10.00 hrs

Brading, St Urian’s and Yaverland: Churches and Landscapes of the East Wight – meet at Brading Town public car park (SZ607873) beside the churchyard for a 6-mile walk from Brading Church via Centurion’s Copse, Bembridge Down, Redcliff, Gander Down ( Time Team’s excavation site), and Yaverland Church. Bring a packed lunch and suitable footwear and clothing for a day’s walk. One steep climb to the Yarborough Monument. Leader: John Margham.



August Rare plant monitoring Dates to be arranged. Further information will be available on Society’s webpage. Leader: Anne Marston (Tel: 527857 (eves)).


Tuesday 7 August at 13:00 hrs

Whale Chine to Atherfield – the field edge on the cliff top can produce an interesting range of species. This is a chance to look at this area and see what can be found. Meet at Whale Chine car park (SZ469783 ) Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477).

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 15 August at 10.00 hrs

Godshill. Meet Godshill Car Park (SZ530817) for a walk to the Worsley monument. This is more challenging than usual with some steep steps and hills. Bring water and expect spectacular hills. Leader: Steve Hutt (Tel: 840237).


Saturday 25 August at 09.30 hrs

Blackgang – Meet at Blackgang Viewpoint car park (SZ490767) for a walk along the cliff top towards Niton and return inland. Early returning migrants. Leader: Toni Goodley: (Tel: 564594).



Looking at the Countryside

Monday 10 September at 16.30 hrs

East Cowes. Meet at the small Car Park at East Cowes Esplanade (SZ505963). Note unusual time of meeting due to tide times. This will be a walk along the Esplanade past Old Castle Point and then on the foreshore (could be challenging walking) as far as we can. Please ring the leader BEFORE coming on this walk (or check the website) as things may change. Leader: Mrs Pat Luckett (Tel: 292841).


Sunday 16 September at 09.30 hrs

Ventnor Downs – Meet at the car park just before the radar station (SZ565785) for a walk on the downs. There should be some migrants on passage. Leader: Debbie Hart (Tel: 563553).

General Meeting

Saturday 22 September at 14.00 hrs

The Pier’s Tale, a talk by Archaeologist Ruth Waller about a new project that will restore Yarmouth Pier and delve into the life, both above and beneath the waves, of this, the longest wooden pier in England. Venue: Arreton Community Centre (SZ 541861).