Bird meeting, Yarmouth 10th December 2017

Unfortunately, the meeting was abandoned because of storm force winds and squally showers.


New Year Plant Hunt

The dates for the official NYPH are now on the BSBI website ( and it is 30th December to 2nd January.  The botany group expedition is planned for Saturday afternoon 30th December (with reserve date on Monday 1st January if we are rained off on Saturday). Feel free to do your own expedition in a convenient location as well!

Location Lake Cliffs, meeting at the car park by Winchester House SZ588 826 at 13.30 aiming to finish by 15.30, and  walking down the cliff path to the beach, along the beach to the north, back up the next cliff path and back along the top of the cliff to the cars.

Dodnor Rediscovered – Volunteers wanted

You will be pleased to hear that the a recent bid to the HLF by Natural Enterprise was successful and with the HLF grant and funding from Vestas, the Island 2000 trust and Gift to Nature, Island 2000 are managing a project to learn more about the industrial archaeology and nature conservation at Dodnor Cement Kiln. Ruth Waller (Past Wight Heritage Consultancy) will be running the archaeological activities and Mark Russell (of Green Gym) will be running the nature conservation activities.

If you are interested in getting involved, or you know anyone who would be interested, please do contact the email addresses on the poster (link below) and feel free to let anyone else know who you think may be interested.

Dodnor Redicovered Volunteer advert

Tuesday 14 November Shorwell to Atherfield

Eight members met at Shorwell parish hall on a dull, overcast morning for a walk across fields to Atherfield. Alan Phillips led the group. Initially walking up Corve Hill – referring to ‘a cutting, gap or pass’ – we turned off on a footpath leading up to Hill Heath with its panoramic views. Vicky Basford, who had helped reconnoitre the walk a few days earlier (but was not able to be present on the day), had identified long linear boundaries in the area, forming boundaries of large closes and indicating poor quality farming in the medieval period. Haslett Farm in the near distance was originally Haresclad in 1294: ‘the valley frequented by hares’, occupied in the 13th century by Robert Carpenter of Hareslade, who administered the lands of the de Insula family of West Court, then called the manor of South Shorwell. The group observed the abandoned Smallmoor buildings, which were occupied in recent living memory. (more…)

Looking at the Countryside – Niton walk, Fri 1 December

The Looking at the Countryside walk on Friday 1 December has been shortened, to the Undercliff via the Cripple Path, rather than St Rhadagund’s Path. Details on the Forthcoming Meetings page.

Bird Meeting at St Helen’s Sunday 26th November 2017

St Helen’s. Nine members met in Latimer Road for a walk in the vicinity of Bembridge Harbour including a walk along the old railway track to Harbour Farm. It was a lovely, crisp calm morning and our first port of call was near the old Mill and then Old Mill Ponds. The tide was out which enabled us to see some waders; Redshank, Blacktailed Godwit, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Greenshank, (more…)

Water Blitz comes to the Isle of Wight…

Become a Citizen Scientist and help your local environment by taking part in the Isle of Wight Water Blitz and help to build up a map of water quality across the island! The Water Blitz will run between the 25th November and the 20th December.

You can be part of current scientific research by using quick and simple test kits to measure the levels of two widespread pollutants, nitrate and phosphate, in the Isle of Wight’s many ponds, ditches and streams.

Opening Event – 25th Nov (10am-12pm) @ Riverside Centre, Newport.

Join us for an introductory talk to the Water Blitz. Find out everything you need to know before collecting your kits and heading out to test your local freshwater habitats.

Find out more here:


Bird meeting at Culver on 15th October 2017

The weather was very mild for this time of year, 17C, but overcast and a bit breezy. 12 of us met at the far car park on Culver Down. We skirted the cliffs from the far end, past the footpath that leads down to Yaverland, making our way back around the fort and up past the monument. (more…)

‘Under the Pier’ final species tally…

It didn’t matter that it rained (again!) for the annual and hugely popular ‘Under the Pier’ event in Ryde led by the team at  Arc and Artecology. A steady stream of folks armed with nets and buckets set off (more…)

Bronze Age Weekend

7 and 8 October at Bamfurlong, Chine Lane, Yafford, PO30 3 IX.

The workshops are fully booked but there will be hands-on activities and things to see during both days.

Please drop in between 10am and 4pm.

Saturday will be particularly good for families but Sunday will also be suitable for all.