Forthcoming Meetings

IWNHAS meeting

IWNHAS meeting

Welcome to our Spring/Summer programme – March 2017 to September 2017

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.

MARCH 2017

Ornithology

Saturday 4 March at 09.30 hrs

Newtown – Meet at the National Trust Centre car park (SZ424905) for a walk in the area. We should see gulls, waders, ducks and geese. Leader: Toni Goodley (Tel: 564594)
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Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 8 March at 10.00 hrs

Brading: Nunwell and its Landscape – Meet at the car park at SZ607873. Parking may be possible on roads nearby. It could be muddy. Leader: Vicky Basford (Tel: 291409)
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General

Saturday 11 March at 14.00 hrs

Trevor’s Clay Project is a practical experiment, incorporating geology, archaeology and botany, to collect clays from around the Island and make pots from them. We could try using them to cook food that our prehistoric ancestors would have foraged. This is the initial project planning meeting. Everyone is welcome. Venue: Arreton Community Hall (SZ541861)
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Archaeology

Saturday 18 March at 14.00 hrs

Archaeology and Religion – Alan Phillips looks at some aspects of ritual, ancestor cults and the role of acoustics, with examples from West Kennet and Maes Howe in Orkney. Venue: St Lawrence Village Hall (SZ541861)
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IWNHAS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Saturday 25 March at 13.45 for 14.00 hrs

All of 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 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)

APRIL 2017

Archaeology

Group Visit to Dartmoor – See website for details

Geology

Sunday 2 April at 10.00 hrs

Sandown Bay – Meet at Dinosaur Isle/Brown’s Golf Course car park (SZ606847): parking charges may apply. Cretaceous Rocks, Ammonites and Coastal Defences. Leader: Steve Hutt (Tel: 840237)

 

General

Saturday 8 April from 14.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs

A Party to Celebrate Spring – all our members are invited. Come and join in the team games, quizzes. Country dancing optional; Master of Ceremonies, Paul Bingham, will teach us the moves. Please bring food to share: sandwiches, cake, biscuits, fruit, salad, crisps or dips. Tea & coffee served. Venue: Arreton Community Centre (SZ541861)

 

General

Saturday 22 April at 14.00 hrs

Pan Mill Meadows, the new Pan Country Park and Shide Chalk Pit – Meet at the Shide Meadows Centre behind National Tyres, which has parking for about 8 cars, or park in the small car park opposite the Bengal Palace (SZ504881) for a 3 mile walk to see the work Gift to Nature has carried out recently and learn about their plans. Leader: Matthew Chatfield

 

Looking at the Countryside

Thursday 27 April at 10.00 hrs

Freshwater – Meet at Freshwater Bay car park (SZ348860) for a walk of about 3 miles through Afton Marsh Nature Reserve. Leader Bob Edney (Tel: 07976 009273)

 

Ornithology

Saturday 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: Nicky Falconar (Jackie Hart: Tel: 612677)

 

Botany

Saturday 29 April at 14.00 hrs

Barton Manor Woods – An opportunity to explore the spring flora of the woodlands beyond the house towards the sea. It may be muddy underfoot. Please bring flower identification book, pencil and a hand lens if you have one. Gate to Barton Manor is opposite GKN site on the East Cowes Road (SZ514941). This will be opened specially for us, so please do not arrive before 1.45 pm. Parking available at bottom of drive.

MAY

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 3 May at 10.30 hrs

Wellow – Meet at Lee Farm (SZ386887) for a walk and talk around the farm called ‘Farming Today’. Leaders: Steve & Jill Cowley, who live at Lee Farm. (Mary Edmunds (Tel: 532055))

 

Botany

Saturday 13 May at 14.00 hrs

Plaish Meadows – A privately-owned flowery wet meadow on the Lukely Brook. Please bring flower identification book, pencil and a hand lens, if you can. Wellies/waterproof footwear advised. Please share cars if possible and park considerately on east side of Clatterford Rd (SZ482878), rather than in very narrow Clatterford Shute. Meet at the top of Clatterford Shute. Strictly no dogs, as the field is likely to have grazing animals.

 

Entomology

Tuesday 16 May at 13.00 hrs

Brading Down – Meet in the large car park above the middle section of the down (SZ597868). We will be looking at butterflies and any other species we can discover, on either side of the road. A re-run of last year’s meeting in the hope of better weather. Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477)

 

Ornithology

Saturday 20 May at 09.30 hrs

Merstone – Meet at Merstone Old Railway Station, off Merstone Lane (SZ527844). From Rookley direction, the entrance to the parking is on your left. Pot luck. Leader: Anthea Blackwell (Tel: 873694)

 

Archaeology

Saturday 20 May at 14.00 hrs

Monastic Wight – a talk by David Tomalin at St Lawrence Village Hall (SZ541861)

 

General

Sunday 21 May at 10.30 hrs

Appuldurcombe – Capability Brown Landscape Walk. This is the only estate on the Island that the famous landscape designer helped create. Meet at Wroxall public car park with free parking (SZ551798) for a 5 mile, 4 hour walk around the estate, an optional long steep climb to the Worsley monument for panoramic views, and a tour of this once grand eighteenth century house. Bring a picnic, wear stout walking boots (the paths can be churned up) and bring a waterproof jacket. Nearest bus stop: St John’s Church. Leader: Vicky Basford

 

Botany

Saturday 27 May at 14.00 hrs

Rew Down – To record the chalk download flora of this local nature reserve. Please bring flower identification book, pencil and a hand lens if you have one. Meet at the entrance to the reserve at the end of Steephill Down Road (SZ554775). There should be some parking space along Steephill Down Road.

JUNE

Bioblitz

Friday 2 June 10.00 to 16.00 hrs

Parkhurst Forest – An event organised by the Isle of Wight Biodiversity Partnership to record as many species as possible in 24 hours. Additional events will take place outside these times. A fuller programme will be available nearer the time. See website for details. Meet in the main car park (SZ481901).

 

Botany

Saturday 10 June at 14.00 hrs

Bembridge Point – A small sand dune site (SZ642887) which has had a number of unusual plants recorded in recent years. Please bring flower identification book, pencil and a hand lens if you have one. Park considerately on nearby roads.

 

Entomology

Tuesday 13 June at 13.00 hrs

Pig Leg Lane (Swanmore Meadows) – This meadow site is on the southern edge of Ryde (SZ593913). Parking for about 4 vehicles on site; otherwise use nearby roads. Car sharing advised. Help record species in this Gift to Nature reserve. (SZ594916) Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477)

 

Looking at the Countryside

Friday 16 June at 10.30 hrs

Shide Chalk Pit – Park at car park opposite Bengal Palace (SZ504881) or in Burnt House Lane. A historically interesting nature reserve on the edge of Newport. Leaders: Hugh & Margaret Walding (Tel: 523833)

 

Geology

Saturday 17 June at 10.00 hrs

Fort Victoria – Collect everything so bring bags. Some archaeology involved. Meet in the car park (SZ338899).Leader: Steve Hutt (Tel: 840237)

 

General

Sunday 18 June, all day

Day trip to Oxford (see Booking Form)

 

Archaeology

Saturday 24 June at 14.00 hrs

Wootton Landscapes, Neolithic to Dissolution – speakers: David Tomalin, Delian Backhouse-Fry and David Marshall. Venue: St Lawrence Village Hall (SZ541861)

 

Ornithology

Sunday 25 June at 09.30 hrs

Mersley – Meet at the Garlic Farm (Mersley Farm) car park (SZ555869). Last year a Turtle Dove was seen and heard here during the summer, and there is just a chance we might be lucky this year. Leader: Jackie Hart (Tel: 612677)

JULY

General

Sunday 2 July at 14.00 hrs

Summer Recording Event at Dinosaur Isle, Sandown Bay (SZ606847) – Following on from our highly successful Recorder’s Conference in February, we are holding a practical afternoon event giving participants an opportunity to learn about naming, identifying and recording hoverflies, moths and other creatures in the field. Please bring suitable footwear, cameras and hand lenses. Parking charges apply; car sharing advised. Leader: Colin Pope (Tel: 611591)

 

Botany

Saturday 8 July at 14.00 hrs

Pig Leg Lane (Swanmore Meadows) – This meadow site is on the southern edge of Ryde (SZ593913) and the management has been taken over recently by Gift to Nature. Scrub clearance was done in late autumn 2016 so this will give the opportunity to see how the site is responding. Please bring flower identification book, pencil and a hand lens if you have one. Parking for only 4 vehicles on site; otherwise use nearby roads. Car sharing advised, if possible.

 

General

Sunday 9 July at 10.30 hrs

Freshwater: Place Names and Historic Settlement – the Search for Sutton, an all-day walk from Freshwater Bay looking at the historic settlement pattern of the Afton-Freshwater Isle areas (Afton Farm, parish church, Freshwater Green, Sheepwash Green, Weston Farm, Middleton, Farringford, Sutton and Easton Farm). Meet in the car park on the seafront (SZ348860) for a 5½ mile walk. Leader: John Margham

 

Looking at the Countryside

Sunday 16 July at 10.00 hrs

Bonchurch – Meet at the car park at Horseshoe Bay (SZ576777) – parking charges apply – for a walk of interest around Bonchurch village. We then drive to the car park near St Blasius Church in Shanklin Old Village (SZ577792) to continue the walk, learning some of the history of the area, with a stop at Rylstone Gardens Café for tea/coffee. About 5 miles. Leader: Iris Fay (Tel: 741092)

 

Entomology

Tuesday 18 July at 13.00 hrs

Northwood Cemetery – We will record insects at this site, where considerable work has been undertaken as part of a Heritage Lottery Project. We will invite members of the Friends of Northwood Cemetery and/or members of the public, to encourage them to take part in the Big Butterfly Count in the following fortnight. Members are welcome to join us or do their own recording, and to share some of their finds. The Surgery car park will be in use, so please use the park and ride car park or an alternative. Meet just inside the Cemetery’s main entrance (SZ494948). Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477)

 

Archaeology

Saturday 22 July at 10.00 hrs

Neolithic West – Meet at the quarry near the High Down Inn, Totland (SZ324855) for a walk amid Neolithic discoveries. Leader: David Tomalin

 

Entomology

Saturday 22 July at 14.00 hrs (later start than usual)

Arreton Down – A return visit to see what insects can be found on this Hants and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust reserve. We hope to see chalkhill blues which, in the right conditions, can be seen in large numbers at this site. Meet at the car parking (SZ533874). Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477)

 

Ornithology

Saturday 29 July at 09.30 hrs

Fort Victoria – Meet at the car park (SZ338899) for a short sea watch and walk in the area. The autumn migration should be underway and we should see a variety of coastal, woodland and farmland birds. Leader: Toni Goodley (Tel: 564594)

AUGUST

Botany

Rare plant monitoring – Dates to be arranged. The Botany group monitors the populations of various rare plants, and the dates selected for these visits depends on the season. If you would like to help, please register your interest with Anne Marston (Tel: 527857)

 

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 2 August at 10.00 hrs

St Lawrence – Park in Hunts Rd, St Lawrence and meet at Hejira (Dave & Hazel’s home) for a walk around the Undercliff, the village and Pelham Woods, returning along the new walkway. Some steep steps. Packed lunch recommended. About 3 miles. Leaders: Dave & Hazel Trevan (Tel: 853927)

 

Entomology

Saturday 5 August at 10:30 hrs

Isle of Wight Crematorium – Meet in the car park, or parking is available in the lane leading to the site. Please note the different meeting start time, to avoid circus traffic in the afternoon! (SZ525916) Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477)

 

Archaeology

Saturday 19 August at 14.00 hrs

Secret Oratories – Meet at Shorwell Church, then proceed to St Catherine’s Hill and visit the Pepperpot.

 

Ornithology

Sunday 20 August at 09.30 hrs

Brading Marsh – Meet in Laundry Lane, an unmade road (SZ622884) for a walk along the old railway line and in the area. There should be some birds on migration and opportunistic raptors. Leader: Debbie Hart (Tel: 563553)

ADVANCE NOTICE

Looking at the Countryside

Tuesday 5 September at 10.00 hrs

Compton – Meet at National Trust Car Park at Compton Farm (SZ370851). Charges may apply for non-NT Members. A walk to look at autumn flowers, birds and butterflies, with splendid views. About 3 miles. Some hills. Leader: Colin Pope (Tel: 611591)

 

Entomology

Tuesday 5 September at 14.00 hrs (later start than usual)

Shalfleet Churchyard – A meeting to see if we can find the Box Bug, observed here recently, that was confined to Box Hill in Surrey. Meet by the entrance on the Newport–Yarmouth road. Parking at the village hall is accessible by the one-way lane running east and then south of the churchyard. Or use the verge or car park in Mill Lane. Please contact the Leader at the start of the month, in case of funerals or weddings (SZ414893). Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477)

 

Geology

Saturday 9 September at 10.30 hrs

Dinosaur Isle, Sandown Bay – Making Sense of our Finds: Identification. Bring your discoveries. Meet in the Education Room. Parking charges may apply in Dinosaur Isle/Brown’s Golf Course Car Park (SZ606847) Leader: Steve Hutt (Tel: 840237)

 

Archaeology

Saturday 16 September at 14.00 hrs

Early Churches of the Wight – Meet at Shalfleet Parish Church (SZ414893) for a new look at Anglo-Saxon origins. Leader: David Tomalin

 

Ornithology

Saturday 23 September at 09.30 hrs
Blackgang – Meet at Blackgang Viewpoint car park (SZ490767) for a walk along the cliff-top and inland. Migrants. Leader: Jackie Hart (Tel: 612677)