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IWNHAS e-bulletin June – Out Now

Read the latest updates, news, ideas and activities from the IWNHAS and beyond….

New ‘iWatch My Garden’ species to look our for….

Despite the easing of restrictions for some, we’d still love to continue receiving your garden wildlife observations which all contribute to our ‘Record Maker’s project where we are collecting as many of your records as possible to help generate a snapshot of nature in IW Gardens during the lock down.

Have a look for Toadlets and Froglets and let us know if you spot any

e-bulletin May – out now

Read the latest updates, news, ideas and activities from the IWNHAS

Bob Edney: Countryside Officer

It with heavy hearts that we share the sad news of the recent death of IWNHAS long-standing member Bob Edney. One of the Isle of Wight Council’s longest-serving officers. Bob, from Wootton, started work for the Isle of Wight County Council in 1980. He worked in the countryside service for over 39 years until his death in March this year. (more…)

New ‘Recording Now’ newsletter out now

The latest issue of ‘Recording Now’ – the Island’s wildlife recording newsletter is out now with tonnes of ideas to help keep you connected to nature – click here to view.

If you haven’t received it or would like to subscribe to future editions please let us know at

e-bulletin_April 2020 Out Now

Click here to view first in our series of special e-bulletins designed to keep in touch with you and each other is now available. Members with emails should have received this, but if not, please let us know so we can update our contacts database.



It is with regret that we have taken the decision to postpone the trip to the Natural History Museum, London due to take place on 3rd June.

We are hoping to re-schedule the visit for 2021.

Maggie will be in touch shortly with those that have booked on the trip.

Stay safe and well.

COVID-19 restrictions update

Cancellation of all IWNHAS meetings until further notice

We regret that due to COVID-19 restrictions we have cancelled ALL Society meetings (both indoor and outdoor) until further notice

Bird walk around and about Bembridge Harbour 15th March 2020

11 members enjoyed a pleasant morning led by Toni Goodley, an interlude before some more rain fell about lunch time. The tide was far out so we looked over the estuary and St Helen’s mill pond where we saw Teal, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Black-headed Gull, a couple of Mediterranean Gulls and Mallard. We then looked up the eastern Yar from St Helen’s road bridge and saw Coot and in the distance a Great Crested Grebe. Cormorant were sitting in the trees where they nest. A Cetti’s warbler was calling, the first of 11 heard during the morning. It was not long before we had our first sighting of a Marsh Harrier. We then moved on to the old railway line and looking over the first gate we saw a pair of Gadwall and in the pool we had good views of a pair of Great Crested Grebe. Looking over the RSPB reserve we noted a Grey Heron, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk. Near some Canada Geese, a lone Brent Goose was spotted. In a copse at the beginning of the old railway line we had good views of Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren and also Dunnock, Robin, Great Tit and Blue Tit. One of the lagoons held 12 Tufted Ducks, six of male, and six of female and in the opposite field six Pochard. Two Water Rails were heard and three of our members at the front were fortunate to see two Kingfishers together. On the return to our cars we looked over the estuary between the house boats and checked through the flocks of gulls and were able to add to our species list with Common Gull and Great Black Backed Gull. In all we noted 34 species. Jackie Hart


Conference POSTPONED

It is with regret that we have to postpone the forthcoming IWNHAS Conference – Sat 4th April and ‘Bioblitz’ on Sunday 5th April due to the coronavirus emergency.

We are hopeful that we can reschedule the conference for Spring 2021. (more…)