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Use your voice for Nature on the Isle of Wight through the Island Nature Partnership!

Island Nature is an opportunity to share your thoughts on what can be done to help the recovery of our habitats and wildlife here on the Isle of Wight. Your opinions will help shape a new approach to nature conservation called the Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS).
How can you help? Please take part in the Island Nature Survey!
This short questionnaire will help us understand your priorities for wildlife and habitat recovery on the Island and help identify those places that you feel could work wilder!

National Trust Species Recovery Project: incorrect email

Please note:  Paul Davies’ email was incorrect in the recent addition of Recording Now, and the same goes for piece to be featured in the forthcoming Bulletin.

If you would like to find out more about getting involved with the project, please contact Paul on:

Winter Tree Walk – Saturday 27th Jan

Just a reminder that booking is required on the forthcoming Winter Tree Walk, Northwood Park Cowes, Saturday 27th January 14:00hrs.

A chance to observe some very large historic trees and try identifying trees by winter twigs.

Meet by the large Plane Tree by the Public Toilets near the car park in Park Road, Cowes

Leaders Dave and Hazel Trevan.

Booking essential phone 01983 853927

A wonderful evening at the IWNHAS Centenary Dinner

Talk about about one of the longest Centenary Celebrations ever….
Back in November 2019, the Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society began what was to be a year long celebration of special events to mark reaching our Centenary – 100 years of promoting the study and conservation of natural history, and archaeology, especially in relation to the Isle of Wight, and to promote, in every possible way, the conservation of the flora and fauna of the Isle of Wight, and the proper preservation of all objects of special archaeological and geological interest.
A special dinner was one of the many planned celebratory events that ended up being postponed due to the Pandemic. However, on November 13th (almost 4 years to the day of our Centenary Birthday), we were delighted to finally get together for our Centenary Dinner!
50 Members of the IWNHAS attended a wonderful evening at the The Isle of Wight College Restaurant where we enjoyed a delicious three course menu prepared and served by the Catering Students.
Our MC for the event was Matthew Chatfield – IWNHAS President.
We also enjoyed three esteemed speakers and IWNHAS legends – Former President – Richard Smout speaking about the beginnings of The Society, how it came to be and the early influencers.
Dr Colin Pope – also former President, and current Secretary followed with a heartfelt speech on what The Society means personally, sharing some of his early encounters with The Society as 12 year old boy and how this shaped his journey.
Finally Dr Roger Herbert propelled us into the future, painting a picture of how things might look for The Society and all the great things we might look forward to working on over the next 100 years.
We would like to thank all IWNHAS Members and Volunteers involved in making the evening such a great success. Thanks also to the staff and students at The IW College for hosting such a memorable evening.
Here’s to the next 100 years!

Another Successful IW Recorders’ Conference…

There was a fantastic turn out for the annual IW Recorder’s Conference hosted by IWNHAS, Saturday 11th November.

The Arreton Hall was packed with folks having a common interest in local wildlife recording. It was wonderful to catch-up with old friends and meet new – all presided over by our President – Matthew Chatfield.
Jamie Marsh (HIWWT – Director of Nature Recovery, Wilder Wight & Wilder Seas) was our first keynote speaker sharing progress, successes and lessons learned so far on The Trust’s two re-wilding sites on the IW – Wilder Duxmore and Wilder Nunwell. It was excellent to hear the about diversity of species and habitats theses sites are supporting since the pressure of farming has been removed from the land. Jamie also showed us the East Wight cluster of HIWWT reserves map and aspirations to connect these up in the future when opportunities may arise.
Just ahead of the break, Paul Davies (Ecologist – National Trust Isle of Wight) introduced us to a new project ‘White Cliffs and White Chalk Species Recovery Project’ which aims to support the recovery of specialist flora and fauna in two iconic landscapes, the White Cliffs of Dover and Isle of Wight. Paul is working on monitoring key species linked to chalk grassland habitats including: early gentian, oxtongue broomrape, glanville fritillary, white spot moth and dew footman moth.
Refreshing tea and delicious cakes baked by Newport IOW Country Market followed with the opportunity to catch-up with fellow recorders and browse pre-loved nature books and publications.
Following the interval, Theo Vickers‘ ‘Into the Wild Seas’ presentation was jam packed of dazzling underwater images taken by Theo himself from around the coastal waters of the IW. Theo is currently studying an Msc Marine Vertebrate Ecology and Conservation and made the journey back to the IW to speak at the conference for which we are very grateful. Theo’s talk provided delegates with a glimpse into the incredible diversity that the intertidal waters of the Island support as well a highlighting the importance of species recording, and the impacts he’s witnessed due to warming seas, extreme weather and human pressures.
It’s well worth exploring Theo’s breathtaking website: and if you are interested in buying a print for Christmas, give Theo a shout via the Contact button.
Finally,  Matthew spoke on Ian Boyd’s behalf about the Government’s Local Nature Recovery Strategy Local nature recovery strategies – GOV.UK (

We would like to thank all our speakers for their inspiring, engaging and thought provoking presentations; to all delegates attending, and to all IWNHAS Members and Volunteers whom keep the whole event running – see you next year!

Why iRecord? A virtual symposium on the 21st April

This virtual event will showcase some of the fantastic initiatives collating data gathered by volunteer biological recorders and delve into what the data is telling us about UK wildlife and how you can get involved.

Learn about how local groups are improving our understanding of their patch and how a national recording scheme is pulling together data from across the UK to better understand the species that they cover.

Recorders’ Conference this weekend!

We are looking forward to welcoming you all back to the return of the IW Recorders’ Conference taking place this weekend – usual venue, but slightly earlier start time….

Saturday 12th November, Arreton Community Hall, 13:30hrs – 16:30hrs

All IWNHAS Members welcome and also anybody with an interest in Wildlife Recording.

Click here for further info

Latest issue of ‘Recording Now’ available

Catch up with all the latest species recording news from the Isle of Wight in the new edition of ‘Recording Now’ here.

New Issue of Recording Now

The latest issue of the Island’s wildlife recording newsletter ‘Recording Now’ is now available here