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Alga Pressing workshop

Last Saturday 18th August, Dr Alice Hall led an Alga Pressing workshop for Society members at Quarr Abbey. Alice collected specimens during the morning from Bembridge Ledges – known for its diversity of marine life. The specimens were then sorted ready for the afternoon’s workshop. (more…)

Free Bat Walks this weekend

Join the Isle of Wight Bat Group and Isle of Wight Bat Hospital for a special ‘International Bat Weekend’ Event at Appley Park, Ryde later this week on the evening of Saturday 25th August 2018.

This free, family friendly event kicks off at 7pm with the first walk starting at around 7.30pm.

Click here for more detailed information.

Autumn/Winter programme

The meetings programme for September 2018 – March 2019 has been uploaded. Click here to view.

Seaweed Pressing workshop next week…

Learn how to arrange, press and preserve locally collected summer seaweed specimens in a variety of colours, textures and sizes in this special workshop (more…)

‘Dead Life’ Drawing Course at Quay Arts

Get close to nature and explore ‘very still’ life in this relaxed workshop with Artist Ian Whitmore exploring bones, beetles, feathers and fossils. You will be drawing, paper cutting and printing, inspired by natural history specimens. (more…)

Bird Meeting Sunday 15th July 2018

Under a very hot sun eight members met for a walk around the Pan Mill Meadows site where 19 species of birds were recorded.

As we headed north from the meeting place at Shide, a Woodpigeon was seen taking nesting material to a nearby roof and we were lucky enough to see four Jays and a pair of Collared Doves. In the River Medina parallel with Medina Avenue were several Mallards and one duckling as well as a Moorhen with three young in tow. (more…)

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…)

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…)