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Bird Meeting at Yarmouth on Saturday, 16th January 2016

 15 members met at the beginning of the cycle track in Thorley Road, Yarmouth on a calm, very cold but lovely sunny morning for a slow walk to Barnfields pond and return. At the beginning of the path we spotted a Song Thrush , Blackbird, Robin, Wren and Great Tit. (more…)

New Year Plant Hunt

The results are in!

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Chris Lipscombe’s funeral will take place at the Crematorium on Wednesday 6th January 2016 at 15.45 followed by afternoon tea at The Woodmans Arms, Station Road, Whippingham Common PO33 4RQ.

No flowers at Chris’s request but donations if desired to: IWNHAS, IOW Ramblers, or National Trust – c/o The Cooperative Funeralcare, Ryde, 45 St John’s Road, Ryde, PO33 2RN

Seaview bird walk

Sunday, 6th December 2015 Ten members met in Bluett Avenue in Seaview for circular walk on a very windy morning. It started off with bright sunshine but gradually the weather changed to light rain. (more…)

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…)

Looking at the Countryside-Alverstone Walk

10 members met at Sandown Station last Wednesday for a walk up to Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve and Youngwoods Copse, led by Dave and Hazel Trevan.There was a rare “window” of pleasant weather for the duration of the walk, in an otherwise dull and wet few days.

Blechnum spicant

Blechnum spicant (photo Dave Trevan)

We were fortunate in having Mary Edmunds with us from Wight Nature Fund who was able to give us some interesting information about  the history of Wight Nature Fund and their management of Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve  and Youngwoods Copse.We walked past Sandown Golf Club and onto Alverstone Mead,past Skinners Meadow which Mary explained was a riot of wild flowers earlier in the season.Highland Cows, which are used for habitat  management  were seen and we were told how Kevin the bull, in spite of his inability to perform was purchased by well wishers and now lives his days out on a farm!

The botanists in the group observed some good late flowering stands of Lamium album “White Dead Nettle” and Silene dioeca “Pink Campion”.In the hedgerows some excellent “Butchers Broom”, Ruscus aculeatus were observed, many with large red fruits.In Youngwoods Copse  a fine example of the “Hard Fern” Blechnum spicant was observed by Jackie.

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Ornithological Meeting at Shalfleet Quay, 21st November 2015

Nine members met at the Car park in Quay Lane for a short walk to the Quay on a very cold morning. The very strong wind kept many of the birds away. (more…)

Recent Fungi Meetings

We’ve been to fungi meetings at Firestone Copse,Borthwood Copse and Parkhurst Forest recently and we’ve put together an album on Flickr of some of our finds. Most are labelled.To bring up the names, hold the mouse on the left hand side of the image.

Dave and Hazel Trevan

 

Flammulina velutipes var velutipes

Micrographia Meeting – 14th November

2015 is the 350th anniversary of the most iconic book about microscopy; written by a man born on the Isle of Wight. Spaces are still available for a celebratory meeting to be held at the Medina Valley Centre – see ‘The Society/Forthcoming Meetings’ on this site and book now.

A Walk Around Gatcombe

A large group of members met at Gatcombe Church yesterday where Richard Smout led a walk around the area.

In perfect warm sunny weather we toured the church, had a very informative and interesting local history discussion before a walk to Sheat Manor and a round trip through the glorious autumnal countryside back to Gatcombe.

Comma and Red Admiral Butterflies were seen.Bullfinches were observed and Yellowhammers were heard by some of the group. As the walk concluded a brilliant overhead display by Buzzards made a spectacular end to a memorable morning.

Autumn colours of Norway Maple, Acer platanoides

Autumn colours of Norway Maple, Acer platanoides

Tolt Copse, Gatcombe

Tolt Copse, Gatcombe

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