Bioblitz 2016-A visit to the Brickfield Site

Half a dozen members of the botany section volunteered to go to the Brickfields site to record plants as part of this years Bioblitz at Newtown. Part of the attraction was the promise of a boat trip to this site which is inaccessible by other means. At just after eight am on 2nd June we assembled at Shalfleet Quay where we were met by the harbourmaster who was to take us to the site.We had not bargained for the bitterly cold weather as we waited to don our buoyancy aids.

The harbourmaster explained that the landing stage at Brickfields was damaged in  the winter and that landing would be difficult, so we were going to be taken by launch to a buoy close by and that we would then transfer by a smaller boat (a dory) to the site.

Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Dactylorhiza fuchsii (photo:Dave Trevan)

All this seemed very exciting to those of us not accustomed to being on the water.Once under  way we forgot about the cold and enjoyed the trip.

The Brickfields site was warm and tranquil in comparison, and it was exciting to go to an area that no one else visits or records.


Giant Cranesbill (Geranium maderense) Undercliff Drive, Ventnor

Geranium maderense

Geranium maderense on Undercliff Drive,looking towards St. Lawrence (Photo:Dave Trevan)

It is worth taking a visit to Ventnor at the moment to see the truly amazing planting of the “Giant Cranesbill” (Geranium maderense) that have been planted opposite Ventnor Botanic Garden.The species is also called the “Madeiran Storksbill” or “Giant Herb Robert”.


This magnificent planting comprising several hundred plants, is in full flower at the moment and I would guess is the largest planting of this magnificent species to be seen in this country if not the world! (more…)

Wood calamint translocation 2016

On 2nd April 11 members of the botany group met to carry out this year’s translocation.


Wood calamint – conservation in action

Making a start

  Making a start

After the previous raw, rain-swept day we were pleased to see a fine start to Sunday 14th February with patches of blue sky showing. Six of the botany group gathered along the track where wood calamint grows on the verge to carry out clearance of the remains of last year’s rank vegetation, new growth of bramble and woody growth of the shading hazel elder and spindle. (more…)

Looking at the Countryside Walk at Seaview on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

14 people met at the west end of Bluett Avenue for a circular walk taking in the Old Toll Road, Hersey Nature Reserve, Oakhill Road, the footpath alongside Westbrook House, passed the Wishing Well, up Farm Shute (Nettlestone Hill) and down  the bridleway at Fairy Hill to return to our cars.


Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) Photo: Dave Trevan

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Photo: Dave Trevan


New Year Plant Hunt

The results are in!


Join us on our New Year plant hunt, 2pm Sunday 3rd January

In recent years, members of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland have been out as individuals or groups to record plants in flower on New Year’s Day.  (more…)

Sue Blackwell discovers new Island plant

Sue has found a plant new to the Island, and to the UK, growing on the south facing bank of Ryde Canoe Lake.


A Sunday with the Bradford Botany Group!

18 members of the Bradford Botany Group, on a long weekend visit to the IOW,spent 21st June botanising in St. Lawrence with Dave and Hazel Trevan.Their route took them through Charles Wood to Binnel Bay, along the coast to Woody Bay,the “Cocks Eggs Site(  a private garden), up to Pelham Woods,and then a steep walk along the base of the cliffs to the Field Cowheat site, where they had lunch.The walk then proceeded across the  Shute to the top cliff and High Hat, before descending back into the village.

They succeeded in climbing every rocky outcrop, including the Sugar Loaf to record and see the views!

Andrew Kafel.Chairman of the group,on a rock outcrop

Andrew Kafel.Chairman of the group,on a rock outcrop Photo:Hazel Trevan


Ian Boyd tells us about broomrapes

The broomrapes are up and about in hedgerows and roadside verges and it’s a good time to track them down.