Bird Group

Bird meeting at Golden Hill Country Park on 16th May 2021

As part of the 50th anniversary of Golden Hill Country Park the Society was asked to conduct surveys during 2020. This could not go ahead because of the Covid 19 pandemic so we decided to conduct the bird meeting now. The Country Park obtained some lottery funding and have provided a directions board in the car park and we followed the wildlife walk. Half of the park is taken up with tree cover with the rest as open spaces. As the weather forecast was for heavy rain only five people attended. The birds were mainly in the tree cover or shrubs as they are busy raising young at this time so it was mainly an exercise in identifying bird song. Three species of warblers were identified, Chiffchaff (the most numerous), Blackcap and Common Whitethroat. Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Dunnock, Magpie and Song Thrush were the representative resident birds. Three Jays were about and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard. 20 species were recorded. Jackie Hart

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AGM – Change of Date

We were hoping to hold this on 8th May, as given in the recent Programme, but unfortunately, due to current restrictions, it is not going to be possible to hold it on that day. Therefore we are proposing a new date of Saturday 3rd July at 14.00 hrs at Arreton Community Centre. Please make a note of this new date. Everyone will be sent the relevant papers by post well in advance of the meeting.

IWNHAS webinars now on YouTube!

If you missed one, of our recent Centenary Series of webinars or would like to see them again, they are now available for free at our new YouTube channel:


Please do ‘Subscribe’ to our channel as we plan to add more content in the future and do feel free to share these links with anyone else who might be interested.

Bird Meeting17th April 2021 Brading Marsh

Two groups of six people met at the beginning of the cycle track at the end of Laundry Lane for a walk in the area. The start times were staggered to try and avoid both groups meeting up and Jim Baldwin and I led the walks. Both groups were able to see two White-tailed Eagles at the start as they were both perched on two bare trees on the main marsh. Between us we noted 46 species during the course of the beautiful morning. Other special species seen were Marsh Harrier and Great White Egret. The migrants that visit us each spring are arriving with Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap and Whitethroat represented. We also heard the explosive call of many Cetti’s Warbler which are resident. Many Skylark were singing and the odd House Martin and Swallow were seen. By the pools south-west of Carpenter’s Farm were a group of at least 40 very vocal Mediterranean Gull with about 10 Black-headed Gull so we were able to see the differences in the head markings at this time of the year. Whilst my group were walking along the raised footpath to Bexley Point we were delighted to see both White-tailed Eagles flying over and then heading south west, one of them being pursued by Kestrel and then Buzzard. The difference in sizes was very apparent. In the ‘triangular’ field the Great White Egret was spotted both by us and then two Grey Herons who harassed the egret until it flew off. Jackie Hart

Huge success on webinar series!

A big thank you to everybody that has tuned-into any of our special Centenary conference webinars over the past couple of weeks, and of course to our brilliant speakers.

We had a fantastic numbers, far exceeding our expectations and far greater than if the conference had actually gone ahead as planned last year!

With no less than 13 speakers over the 4 nights; 6 of those Keynote speakers supported by local experts – many of which were members of the The Society – there was something for everyone exploring topics such as climate change, habitats, species, geology, underwater archaeology and much, much more.

We are working on uploading the 4 webinars to our new You Tube Channel and also busy obtaining answers to any questions that were unanswered during the live sessions due to time constraints – more details coming soon.

Thanks so much for making it such a memorable birthday celebration and for you interest and support.

Tonight….Webinar 3 – Habitats & Species: Part 1

It’s not too late to register for your FREE tickets to webinar no.3 in our special Centenary Series exploring ‘Environmental Change on the Isle of Wight: Past, Present & Future’.

The webinar starts at 19:00hrs – Monday 5th April.

Hear from our 2 x Keynote speakers on topics including marine algae invasions and red squirrel genetics and from our 2 x homegrown speakers and IWNHAS Members Ian Boyd & Jim Baldwin on Greening Urban Infrastructure and Wetland Bird and Wildfowl changes over time.

Register here:

Webinar 2: Species Invasions: History and Horizon Scanning

We successfully kicked-off our series of special FREE webinars yesterday evening – thank you to those that joined – don’t miss the next instalment coming up 19:00hrs tomorrow evening (Weds 31st March).
This time we’ll be looking at ‘Species invasions’ over time on the Island and what sort of things we might expect going forward.
We’ve got another brilliant line-up for you with our keynote speaker Prof. Helen Roy opening with ‘Biological invasions: learning from the past and looking to the future’.
Helen will be followed by the IW Natural History & Archaeological Society’s very own Keith Marston and Dr. Roger Herbert. Keith is speaking about bird invasions and Roger will be looking at things from a marine point of view locally.


Book your Webinar tickets

Take up for our special series of Zoom webinars is going well, be sure to register to book your place soon.

The first in the series takes place on Monday 29th March, 19:00hrs.

Find out more about registering, speakers and themes here:

Ornithology Section 21st March 2021

Unfortunately we will not be able to hold the meeting at Blackgang as the rule of 6 does not yet apply. The April meeting will hopefully go ahead but booking is essential.