The Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society is interested in the nature, archaeology and geology of the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. If you’re interested in these things then why not join us? Most types of plants and animals have a Group enthusiastic about them.
What the Society is for
The Society was set up to fulfil two purposes, for the benefit of the public. These are to promote the study of natural history and archaeology, especially in relation to the Isle of Wight, and to promote, in every possible way, the conservation of the flora and fauna of the Isle of Wight, and the proper preservation of all objects of special archaeological and geological interest.
How we do it
We do this by holding regular and wide-ranging indoor and outdoor meetings where members can learn about nature, geology and archaeology, together with occasional public meetings to promote the objects of the Society. We also carry out specialist recording, produce publications and hold an extensive Island database of species records, all of which is used to promote and to better understand the natural history of the Island and to inform decision makers.
November 8th 2019 saw our 100th birthday and marked the start of a year long programme of Centenary Celebrations for The Society. The first meeting of the IWNHAS as we know it took place at 6pm in Newport on November 8th 2919 with around 50 people attending, of exactly 100 which had agreed to join The Society as Foundation Members.
Click here to find out more about the Centenary Celebrations, events and activities happening over the coming year.