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Archaeology Talk October 20th: Change of subject

Please note change of subject.

Tima and venue is the same.

Time detectives: How the humans connected with the past.

Last month we looked at the basic beginnings of our species, and what they were doing in Britain in the last half a million years. The other side of the equation, of course, being who was recording these events and trying to make sense of how we all got here. Enter The Archaeologist!

Waders & Brent Goose survey call for recorders

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are looking to update the current Waders & Brent Goose Strategy. They are looking for volunteer surveyors to identify the network of sites that are of high importance. The plan is to cover the north coast of the Island and the Medina. If anyone is interested please contact Jamie Marsh jamie.marsh@hiwwt.org.uk or Ruth Kernohan at ruth.kernohan@hiwwt.org.uk.

New issue of ‘Recording Now’ species recording newsletter available

Issue 4 of ‘Recording Now’ featuring species recording news, events and updates from the Isle of Wight by iWatchWildlife and the IW Local Records Centre is now available to read / download here.

New Hemiptera records, August 2018

Some new observations of True Bugs (Hemiptera) by lain Outlaw.

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Black Locust Gall Midge

Black Locust Gall Midge (Obolodiplosis robiniae) on the Isle of Wight and some interesting parasitoids

Iain Outlaw

Although I was aware of this gall midge I hadn’t previously looked for it. In June I noticed several False-acacia or Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) trees in flower on Shanklin Big Mead so I had a look for the galls. The large trees were not easy to examine but fortunately there were also lots of self-seeded saplings close by. Checking those saplings the galls were immediately obvious so several were collected for examination. (more…)

Under the Pier 2018

The 5th annual ‘Under the Pier’ – marine wildlife exploration event is coming up soon –   – Find us on the western side of Ryde Pier (map)  (more…)

Alga Pressing workshop

Last Saturday 18th August, Dr Alice Hall led an Alga Pressing workshop for Society members at Quarr Abbey. Alice collected specimens during the morning from Bembridge Ledges – known for its diversity of marine life. The specimens were then sorted ready for the afternoon’s workshop. (more…)

Free Bat Walks this weekend

Join the Isle of Wight Bat Group and Isle of Wight Bat Hospital for a special ‘International Bat Weekend’ Event at Appley Park, Ryde later this week on the evening of Saturday 25th August 2018.

This free, family friendly event kicks off at 7pm with the first walk starting at around 7.30pm.

Click here for more detailed information.

Autumn/Winter programme

The meetings programme for September 2018 – March 2019 has been uploaded. Click here to view.

Seaweed Pressing workshop next week…

Learn how to arrange, press and preserve locally collected summer seaweed specimens in a variety of colours, textures and sizes in this special workshop (more…)