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BioBlitz 2018 – Saturday12th May

This year the IW Bioblitz  is planned to be part of a larger community event Hullabaloo in The Bay during the weekend of 12th and 13th May 2018.

The 12th is the principal Bioblitz slot – where we’ll be recording 10am to 4pm for the majority of groups, with the evenings (Fri 11th & Sat 12th) available for those of you specialising in nocturnal species.

There are 2 main survey areas to explore:

·        The reedbeds and grazing marshes, wet woodlands and ponds and ditches (plus the boating lagoon), around Brown’s and off behind the zoo

·        The foreshore, intertidal and soft cliffs from the Sandown library to Culver – including several large areas on the red cliff where you can easily get up into the wilder parts from the beach below or from the coastal path above. Low tide is at about 3.30pm on Saturday.

The Recording Hub will be based in the vicinity of Dinosaur Isle as part of the ‘Discovery Bay’ area (look out for the IWNHAS & iWatchWildlife Flags). There will be a supply of recording sheets as in past years for those who wish to use them, and also plant recording cards, ID charts and books plus some field equipment and microscopes.

Please do contact Anne Marston – anne.marston@iow.gov.uk to confirm if you would like to come and be involved in the recording effort as we need to arrange car park passes asap.

If you are part of a group who would like to contribute some walks or other activities during the event, it would be best to contact suggest you Ian Boyd –  ian@arc-consulting.co.uk directly if this isn’t already in hand.

Marine experts recording by Arc Consulting

Marine life ID by Arc Consulting

Looking forward to seeing you there and making some records!

Wildlife recording

Newtown bird walk, 10th March 2018

Nine members met at Newtown NT car park for a walk led by Nicky Falconar on the Nature Reserve. The weather forecast was for sunshine and showers and rain was threatening as we left the car park. Someone was just leaving and advised us that a pair of Goosander were in the Scrape so we headed down there. We arrived within ten minutes and what we saw was a pair of Red Breasted Merganser (more…)

Discovery Bay! 2018

Discovery Bay! 2018
Saturday 17th March 10:30am – 4:30pm

Science, Nature, Art… Become a Bayologist in 2018 and celebrate British Science Week in The Bay… with a day of scientific discovery and pop-up natural history, on land and on sand! (more…)

Shepherd’s Chine bird walk 18th February 2018

Seven members and a guest met at Shepherd’s Chine for a walk inland to Atherfield Lane (more…)

Bird Walk at Shalfleet Quay 13th January 2018

11 People attended the above meeting on a bright but windy and cold day. (more…)

Bird meeting, Yarmouth 10th December 2017

Unfortunately, the meeting was abandoned because of storm force winds and squally showers.

 

Bird Meeting at St Helen’s Sunday 26th November 2017

St Helen’s. Nine members met in Latimer Road for a walk in the vicinity of Bembridge Harbour including a walk along the old railway track to Harbour Farm. It was a lovely, crisp calm morning and our first port of call was near the old Mill and then Old Mill Ponds. The tide was out which enabled us to see some waders; Redshank, Blacktailed Godwit, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Greenshank, (more…)

Bird meeting at Culver on 15th October 2017

The weather was very mild for this time of year, 17C, but overcast and a bit breezy. 12 of us met at the far car park on Culver Down. We skirted the cliffs from the far end, past the footpath that leads down to Yaverland, making our way back around the fort and up past the monument. (more…)

Bird walk from Blackgang Viewpoint car park

Nine members met on a beautiful, sunny morning for a walk along the top of the cliff to Niton and then walk back inland. The whole morning we were accompanied by Swallows and some House Martins who were flying and hawking for food before making the long journey to Africa. (more…)

Laundry Lane, Brading

Sunday 20th August 2017
The weather was mild, partly cloudy and with light winds as 14 members met at
Carpenter’s Rd end of Laundry Lane. We walked along the cycle/footpath, successfully seeing the Marsh Harrier and later a Hobby. A grey heron was in the triangular field. (more…)