Bird Meeting Programme – Spring/Summer 2016

The Bird Meeting Programme for Spring/Summer 2016 can be downloaded at the link below:



Bird meeting 14th February 2016

The pleasant two mile walk from Shide to Blackwater along the old rail track was attended by fourteen members who enjoyed a dry, sunny, cool morning. (more…)

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…)

Sunday February 28th

The Archaeology section walk has been cancelled but the Saturday talk will take place with a change of subject and speaker.

Saturday February 27th

The archaeology section  meeting is not cancelled.  There is a change of subject and speaker.  David Tomalin will give a talk titled ‘The Anglo-Saxon Beasts of Binstead’.

Time and venue as in published programme.

Meeting on 27th February CANCELLED

The Archaeology Section meeting on Saturday 27th February has had to be cancelled.

Archaeology Talk

Saturday January 30th: 10 am.

Don’t forget talk by Pat Barber on Roman-Saxon transition at St. Lawrence village  hall.

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


Request for photos for ‘Wight Studies’

Paul Bingham, editor of ‘Wight Studies’ has made a request for natural history photos to include in the next volume.


Looking at the Countryside Meeting 2nd December 2015 Carisbrooke


Twelve people met at the Eight Bells car park, Carisbrooke, where Bill Shepard told us that the house adjoining the car park had once been a bakery, known as Staple House, and showed us an invoice from 1823, when a gallon of dough made a 9lb loaf.

We set off down the High Street, turning right into the waterworks, to find the path around the pond – once the Mill Pond for the old Priory Mill – was closed due to much litter being left.  Passing the ford into Spring Lane, Bill showed us a Golden Rain Tree, (Koelreuteria paniculata)rare for the Island, sheltered by conifers, which could account for its good size. (more…)