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Evening bird walk in Parkhurst Forest, Friday 1st June 2018

Ten members turned out for the evening Nightjar walk meeting in the main car park. It was a misty evening and I was not very hopeful of good outcome. We did a circular walk and heard Blackcap, Blackbird and Song Thrushes singing in the evening air and also saw a Jay. We saw approximately five (more…)

SOCIETY HQ CLOSED 14 & 21 JUNE

There will be no one at the Society HQ on Thursday 14th & Thursday 21st June.

BioBlitz 2018 – The results are in! 

405 species were observed and named – with possibly another name to come.  It was a great team effort; many thanks to all who submitted records, stayed up late and/or got up early, and persisted with identifying or confirming unusual species!

A full report and photographs of the day:  https://iwnhas.org/bioblitz-2018-the-results-are-in/

The final species list: Bioblitz Species List 2018

Looking at the Countryside A walk to Bonchurch with Andy Butler

13 members met at Wheelers Bay Car park today (22nd May) in warm sunshine to hear about Andy Butlers work with Ventnor Town Council and Natural England to create and enhance habitats for the Glanville Fritillary Butterfly.

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Bird walk at West High Down 29th April 2018

Eight members and four guests met at the National Trust chalk pit car park at Totland for a walk up to the downs. It was a cold and blustery morning but we did see or hear some summer migrants including Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Whitethroat in the woodland either side of the track. Jay and Buzzard were overhead in the car park and a Pheasant was heard periodically calling from the nearby (more…)

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

Looking at the Countryside – visit to Northcourt, Shorwell – Wednesday 18 April

26 members were greeted by John Harrison, the owner on a glorious clear warm Spring day. (more…)

Capturing Our Coast – Volunteer Training Day

CoCoast is a project that aims to find out more about the species that live in our seas and how we can protect them. Within the project, scientists from 7 hubs around the UK work together (more…)

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…)