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Ornithology meeting Sunday 20th September 2015

Eight people met at the car park nearest the radio station on Ventnor Downs for a walk led by David Biggs. The sun was shining, conditions just right for a pleasant slow wander along looking for migrants. (more…)

Western Yar walk, Wednesday 12th August.

Five  members met for the walk along the Yar estuary, on a warm sunny day.   I stopped on the swing bridge to point out the cream house across the estuary, once the home of the manager of the Gas Works, now a lovely house owned by Helen Danby & her husband.  (more…)

Ornithological Section.

Eleven members met at the far car park at Culver Down on Saturday morning, 15th August for a casual walk on the Downs. We were hoping for returning migrants. An early sighting was a male and female Stonechat who were very obliging and allowed us to have good views of them. (more…)

Looking at the Countryside report Porchfield Wednesday 15 July

Looking at the Countryside report Porchfield Wednesday 15 July

19 members met at Porchfield on a mild morning with high cloud for a walk to Elmsworth Farm and through Burnt Wood to Slinks Bay.  For the majority of members this was new terrain. The leader had asked three local experts to attend and talk about the area. (more…)

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

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Looking at the Countryside – St. Lawrence Walk Part 2

Over 20 members attended this walk, which was led by Dave and Hazel Trevan.The walk focused on the eastern side of the village, and took in coastal features, both St. Lawrence Churches,Pelham Woods, the Field Cow Wheat site, the top cliff overlooking the village and concluded at the Peace Garden. (more…)

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.

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Visit of Wild Flower Society

Seven members of the Wild Flower Society visited the Island last weekend for two days of botanising, led by Colin Pope. (more…)