Forthcoming Meetings

IWNHAS meeting

IWNHAS meeting

Welcome to our Spring/Summer programme – March 2019 to August 2019

All members are very welcome to join any Section meeting. If you wish to become a regular participant in any Section, please give your name and contact details to the Section Leader, who could then inform you of any activities which do not appear in the published programme. In the event of bad weather, please check with the Section Leader before setting out. See your printed programme for section leaders’ names and telephone numbers.

Visitors are welcome to attend up to 2 meetings in a year and are requested to introduce themselves to the leader at the start of the meeting. We hope that this will encourage them to join us. There may be a few meetings that have to be restricted to members only, for various reasons. This will be indicated in the programme.

Health & Safety advice:

On outdoor activities, please wear stout waterproof footwear, and clothing that protects against scratches and bruises.
Everyone who takes part in our activities does so at their own risk.

 

Important Announcements

 

PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE  before attending any meeting listed in the printed programme, as meetings may have to be cancelled or postponed, due to bad weather, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. Section Leaders will do their best to update the website, but in the event of a severe weather forecast, widespread flooding, etc., you are also advised to telephone the Leader of each meeting on the day, before you set out, to find out whether the meeting is to be held, postponed or cancelled.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Archaeology

The Archaeology Group meets informally on most Wednesday mornings, details of meeting times and venues are available on the website http://www.iwnhas.org . For those who do not have access to the Web, and wish to join in these activities, please contact Delian, Tel 853292.


FEBRUARY

Recorders’ Conference

Saturday 2 February 14.00 hrs – 16.30 hrs

This popular meeting held at Arreton Community Centre SZ 541861 is open to all with an interest in recording on the Isle of Wight. There will be an opportunity to catch up with fellow enthusiasts over tea and cake during the interval. Parking at the hall, and if this is full, there is additional parking at the primary school opposite. Programme will be on the website nearer the time.

Botany

Saturday 9 February at 10.00 hrs

Wood Calamint lay-by clearance. Please note this meeting is on a Saturday this year. Come and enjoy good company while assisting with the conservation of one of the Island’s specialities. Gardening gloves and hand tools would be useful. Meet along Rowridge Lane; further details at January meeting or phone Anne Marston nearer the time. Parking is limited so please arrange to share vehicles if possible. Should the weather prove unsuitable, the reserve date for the meeting is Saturday 23 February.

Geology

Saturday 9 February at 10.00 hrs

Ventnor – the effects of ground movement on the built environment. Meet in the Ventnor Botanic Garden car park SZ 5478 7696: please note there are charges for parking. Walk between the Gardens and Dudley Road, Ventnor (and back) via steep coast and town paths. Leader: Trevor Price.

Looking at the Countryside

Thursday 14 February at 10:00 hrs

Meet at Newchurch school car park SZ 562854 for a 5-mile walk to look at snowdrops and woodland. About 3½ hours Leaders: Mike Cotterill & Michele van Buren, Tel 526526.

General

Saturday 16 February at 14.00 hrs

The Unstable Coast: Landslides on the Island, the UK Mainland and Overseas, an illustrated talk by Dr Alan Clark. How, why and where landslides occur on the Island; living with landslides; their investigation and methods of treatment; plus a review of some landslides elsewhere on the UK mainland and overseas. Venue: Arreton Community Hall.

Ornithology

Sunday 17 February at 09.30 hrs

St Helen’s – meet near the letter box by Selwyn Court in Latimer Road SZ 630888 (you should be able to park in the road). We will be walking in the vicinity of Bembridge Harbour and should see waders, ducks and gulls. Leader: Sonia Hawkes, Tel 873513.

Archaeology

Saturday 23 February at 14.00 hrs

The Neolithic Revolution: a talk by Delian Backhouse-Fry. The Neolithic Revolution arrives from Europe, along with new peoples and different ways of settlement. Evidence of long distance travel and the building of monuments and Barrows of a new religious way of life. Who was arriving and how was this organised? Venue: St Lawrence Village Hall.


MARCH

Botany

Saturday 2 March at 14.00 hrs

Identifying trees and shrubs from their twigs. Two new books on the identification of trees and shrubs from their twigs have recently been published. This meeting will be the opportunity to test them out. Meet in the car park at Appley Park, Ryde (parking charges apply) SZ 605925.

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 6 March at 10.00 hrs

Meet at Fort Victoria SZ 339898 for a walk around the Country Park. Leader: Paul Bingham, Tel 526049.

General Meeting

Saturday 9 March at 14.00 hrs

An illustrated talk about the Mummies’ Caves, an archaeological dig at Dodnor Cement Mills, run by Island 2000 in spring/summer 2018. Come and hear about the history of these pioneering cement works and the exciting discoveries the volunteers made there. Venue: Arreton Community Centre.

Ornithology

Sunday 17 March at 09.30 hrs

Folly Inn, Folly Road, Whippingham – park near the Inn SZ 511929 for a walk down the east bank of the River Medina to see waders, ducks and geese. Leader: Jackie Hart  612677.

THE IWNHAS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Saturday 30 March 13.45 hrs for 14.00 hrs start

All our members are invited to attend the AGM to hear about the Society’s activities and finances during the past year and to vote for our officers and committees. We look forward to meeting you and having a chat, and we will try to answer any questions. Contributions of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, crisps, nuts, fruit etc. for the buffet tea would be much appreciated. Venue: Arreton Community Centre SZ 541861.


APRIL

Geology and Clay Project

Saturday 13 April at 10.00 hrs

St. Catherine’s beach at Watershoot Bay / Rocken End. This is a re-run of the previous trip which had to be aborted due to the bad weather on the day. Meet at the car park opposite the Buddle Inn, St. Catherines Road, Niton. If you arrive by car please park in the road and not in the Buddle Inn car park. Aims: to view the tumbled landscape of the western end of the Undercliff landslide complex and look for fossils. To collect Gault Clay for the clay project (bring strong plastic bags and a trowel). This is a steep walk across farmland with a short steep section to the rocky beach. Leaders: Trevor Price and Steve Hutt.

Botany

Saturday April 13 at 14.00 hrs

Rowlands Wood. Recording the spring flora of this ancient woodland inventory site. Please bring identification book, a pencil and a hand lens if you have one. The entrance is on the west side of Rowlands Lane, south of Havenstreet, marked Rowlands Wood on a small wooden sign at SZ 564888 (Marked ‘Island Paintballing’ on Google maps). There is adequate parking.

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 17 April at 10.00 hrs

Meet outside Wilberforce Hall, Brighstone SZ 429831 for a walk northwards to Rowdown and Coombe. Uphill at beginning, path can be muddy. Spectacular views. Leader: Alan Phillips, Tel 741375.

General Meeting

Wednesday 17 April at 14.00 hrs

Under Ryde Pier – Come and discover fascinating seashore life under the pier with Ian Boyd of Arc Consulting. Bring a shrimping net and bucket, a pen and notebook and an ID book on seashore life, if you have them. Meet on the western side of the pier, in the gardens, at the Anthony Minghella steps, Western Esplanade Gardens SZ 593929.

Ornithology

Saturday 27 April at 09.30 hrs

Rowlands Wood – a new location for a bird meeting, courtesy of the owners. The small entrance is on the west side of Rowlands Lane, south of Havenstreet, marked ‘Rowlands Wood’ on a small wooden sign at SZ 564888. There is adequate parking. Leader: Jackie Hart, Tel 612677.


MAY

Botany

Saturday May 4 at 14.00 hrs

Mount Joy Cemetery, Carisbrooke This visit will add spring-flowering species to the list we obtained in September of 2017. Please bring identification book, a pencil and a hand lens if you have one. Meet in the lay-by opposite Carisbrooke Priory at SZ 489875 and we will walk to the cemetery along Nunnery Lane.

All Along the Riverbank

Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 11.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs

Eastern Yar from Newchurch to Sandown. 2 miles of animated river bank and countryside along the River Yar. Environmental and arts organisations, activities, installations, guided walks.

Hullabaloo

Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May at 10.00 hrs

Sandown, SZ 607848. Sandown Bay spectacular, Hullabaloo is a two-day unmissable arts/nature/heritage extravaganza. IWNHAS will be based again in the Discovery Bay arena which showcases science, nature, and heritage activities.

Looking at the Countryside

Saturday 18 May at 10.00 hrs

Meet at start of Tennyson Trail, Nodgham Lane, Carisbrooke SZ 482881. A walk over Bowcombe Down tracing the boundaries of the former manorial common. Return via Idlecombe Farm, Frogland Copse and Plaish Meadows finishing at the bottom of Clatterford Shute. A reasonably challenging 5 mile walk with some steep slopes and stiles. A small picnic lunch is advisable. About 3 ½ hrs. May be muddy. Leader Vicky Basford, Tel 525860.

Entomology

Saturday 18 May at 13.00 hrs

Wheeler’s Bay, Ventnor – A chance to see the conservation work carried out for the Glanville Fritillary, which should be flying at this time of year. A rare example of conservation on a sea defence habitat. Meet at Wheelers Bay car park off Wheelers Bay Road SZ 568775. Leader: Andy Butler, Tel 854925

Ornithology

Sunday 19 May at 09.30 hrs

Laundry Lane, St Helens – Meet in Laundry Lane, an unmade road SZ 622884 for a walk along the old railway line and in the area. This overlooks the RSPB nature reserve. There should be some birds on migration and maybe sighting of Great White Egret which is seen with increasing frequency. Leader: David Biggs, Tel 292595.

Geology, General Meeting and Clay Project

Saturday 25 May at 10.00 hrs

St. Helen’s beach. A gentle walk along the beach to view the Eocene and Oligocene sediments, examine beach shells and rockpools, and collect clays for the Clay project. (Bring strong plastic bags or buckets and trowels). Meet at: The St. Helen’s Church Tower by the Duver, St. Helens SZ 637895. Leaders: Trevor Price and Steve Hutt.

Advance notice: Clay project. Steve will be identifying a date for the building of a kiln and would welcome contact from anyone with experience of kiln making, Tel 840237. This will be followed by a group session to make objects (individuals can make their own independently if they wish). Once made, we will have a day to fire them in the kiln.

Botany

Saturday May 25 at 14.00 hrs

Turville’s Field SZ 324868, a small meadow in Totland, just off Madeira Road. Please bring identification book, a pencil and a hand lens if you have one. Park considerately in nearby roads or use paying car park along The Broadway SZ 326868.

Entomology

Friday 31 May 21.00 hrs

Haseley Manor – moth trapping – We are visiting a little earlier than in recent years but there is a good chance of a range of species including hawk-moths. Meet in car park behind gates of Haseley Lane SZ 546858. Leader: Richard Smout, Tel 527477.


JUNE

General Meeting

Saturday 8 June from 14.00 to 17.00 hrs

Barton Manor – Come on a guided tour of the scenic and historic parkland at Barton Manor, near Osborne House, East Cowes. View the exterior of the house, recorded in the Domesday Book, visit the main garden terrace, wildflower meadow, and woodland with specimen trees, including redwood. View the three linked ponds, Victorian boating hut and fine old oak trees. See where soldiers rehearsed for the D-Day landings. Please arrive by 1.50 pm. Follow the long driveway to the house and park in the field on the right. Dawn Haigh-Thomas of Barton Manor will be our guide. SZ 520944.

Botany

Sunday June 9 at 14.00 hrs

Whitefield Woods East (an ancient woodland inventory site) to record the flora at the request of the site owners. Greater butterfly orchids have formerly been recorded here. Please bring identification book, a pencil and a hand lens if you have one. Follow the brown signs off the Ryde/Brading main road for Whitefield Forest Park on the east side of the road at the junction with Hardingshute. Park at SZ 605894.

Entomology

Tuesday 18 June at 13.00 hrs

Walter’s Copse, Newtown – A visit to record species in this area of woodland which should be rich for species, in the right conditions. Roadside parking. Please park considerately, and meet by noticeboard at reserve entrance SZ 430905. Leader: David Biggs, Tel 292595.

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 19 June at 10.00 hrs

Meet outside The Buddle, St Catherine’s Road, Niton SZ 504759 (DO NOT PARK IN THE BUDDLE CAR PARK). One of the most stunning areas of the Island, with views of St Catherine’s Lighthouse, Gore Cliff and the Needles on a clear day. Interesting wildlife and geology. Strenuous in parts with steep slopes, stiles and uneven ground, so stamina and good walking boots essential. Leaders: Dave & Hazel Trevan, Tel 853927, Mob 07979v098760.

Appley Day

Saturday 22 June 10.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs

Appley Park, Ryde SZ 605924. A family friendly, free nature event celebrating the historic parkland and coast of Appley. There will be the opportunity to carry out some species recording and build on the list generated at the 2018 event.

Ornithology

Friday 28 June at 20.30 hrs

Parkhurst Forest – meet at the main car park SZ 482900 for a walk in the forest for an evening walk to hear and see Nightjars as well as Woodcock. We may also hear Long-eared Owls. Please bring a torch, as paths are uneven and it will be dark. Leader: Jackie Hart, Tel 612677.


JULY

Geology

Saturday 6 July at 09.30 hrs

Whitecliff Bay. The third part in our walk through the Quaternary and Caenozoic sediments of the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight. There is a steep path to the beach. Aims: to examine the Eocene sediments of Whitecliff Bay, an International Type Section, and see the effects of Alpine folding. Meet at the entrance to the Holiday Camp. Hillway Road, Bembridge, near the end of Footpath BB16, SZ 63858665. If you arrive by car please park in the road and not the holiday camp car park. Leaders: Trevor Price and Steve Hutt.

IWNHAS Summer Recorders Event

Sunday 7 July at 14.00 hrs

Haseley Manor, Arreton SZ 545857. This year’s Bioblitz will be a quieter affair, for members only. We hope that recorders will use the day and night to record birds, bats, insects, plants and anything else around Haseley Manor and, during the day, there will be opportunities for everyone else to come along and see what we have found. Further details can be found here.

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 10 July at 10.00 hrs

Meet at Brading Car Park SZ 606874. A flat circular stroll over marshes. Butterflies and flowers and an optional coffee stop at the end. Leader: Jill Green,Tel 863763.

Botany

Saturday July 13 at 14.00 hrs

Medham. Saltmarsh and shingle habitats on the west side of the River Medina, south of Cowes SZ 501939. Some unusual plants have been found here in recent years. Please bring identification book, a pencil and a hand lens if you have one and wellingtons are advised as it will be wet underfoot in places. Approach from Arctic Rd Cowes SZ 498948 where it should be possible to park, then head south on the cycleway (signposted to Newport) for about 900m.

Entomology

Tuesday 23 July at 13.00 hrs

One Horse Field – This is a first visit to this wild flower meadow, now a Gift to Nature reserve. Parking in gravel car park half way along Hurst Point View. If time permits we may move onto the seafront at Totland Bay SZ 325873. Leader: Richard Smout, Tel 527477.

General Meeting

Saturday 27 July from 10.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs

Brighstone – 1066 and All That, an exploration of the area with Anglo-Saxon Landscape Historian, John Margham. Meet in Brighstone Parish Churchyard SZ 394843 for a 6-mile walk. Themes include: this area in the Domesday Book, an Anglo-Saxon estate, the significance of place-names, historic land use, settlement patterns, and the origins of Brighstone Church and parish. Bring a packed lunch. There is one moderately steep ascent.

Ornithology

Sunday 28 July at 09.30 hrs

Fort Victoria – Meet at the car park SZ 338899 for a short sea watch and walk in the area. The autumn migration should be underway and we should see a variety of coastal, woodland and farmland birds. Leader: Toni Goodley, Tel 652702.


AUGUST

Botany

August – Dates to be arranged

Rare plant monitoring. The botany group monitors the populations of various rare plants and the dates selected for these visits depend on the season. If you would like to help, please register your interest with Anne Marston, Tel 527857.

Looking at the Countryside

Saturday 3 August at 10.00 hrs

Meet outside Gatcombe Church SZ494852. Some steep climbs with information about the History, Archaeology and Geology of the area. About 4 Miles. Leader: Steve Hutt, Tel 840237.

Ornithology

Saturday 17 August at 09.30 hrs

Mottistone Down – Meet at the National Trust Jubilee car park at the top of Lynch Lane SZ 420845 for a walk on the down to the Longstone and return up Strawberry Lane to the car park. There should be returning migrants. Leader: Jackie Hart, Tel 612677.

Entomology

Saturday 17 August at 13.00 hrs

Rew Down – a chance to record species on this steeply sloping downland reserve, managed by Gift to Nature. Some parking in Steephill Down Road, but be careful not to obstruct entrances to property. Meet at west end of road SZ 554776. Leader: Richard Smout, Tel 527477.

Geology

Calling Geological Section Members and other interested parties. Could anyone who collected clay samples for pottery, please let me have locality and name of bed (e.g. Atherfield clay). Our venue for making pots or whatever is to be at Dinosaur Isle, time and date to be advised. Steve Hutt, Tel 840237.

Wolverton Manor Garden Fair

Saturday 31 August & Sunday 1 September

10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs

Wolverton Manor Garden Fair, Shorwell. We will be exhibiting at the Fair on both days. Please come and say hello to our volunteers at our stand and view our displays.


SEPTEMBER

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 4 September at 10.00 hrs

Compton Bay. Meet at National Trust car park (charges apply to non-members) SZ370851. A walk along the coast and up along downland ridge, returning via Compton Farm. Fine views, butterflies, birdlife and flowers. A repeat of last year’s walk which was poorly attended due to bad weather. Leader: Colin Pope, Tel 611591.

Botany

Saturday 7 September at 14.00 hrs

Shide Chalk Pit. A meeting to record the autumn chalk grassland flora of this site which is both SSSI and Local Nature Reserve. Please bring identification book, pencil and hand lens if you have one. Park at Gift to Nature office SZ504882 which is accessed from Shide Road behind National Tyres depot, but please do not arrive before 13.45 hrs as the gate has to be opened. If travelling by bus, Southern Vectis routes 2 and 3 stop near the junction of Shide Rd and St George’s Way. If you intend to walk directly to the chalk pit, the entrance is at SZ506883 on Burnt House Lane.

General Meeting

Saturday 14 September at 14.00 hrs

West Medina Mills. A visit to the “Mummies’ Caves” archaeological excavations, the subject of a fascinating talk by Dr Ruth Waller, consultant archaeologist, to our society last March. Come and see what the team of volunteers, led by Ruth, uncovered last year at the former cement works. Park at the roadside at the end of Stag Lane, off Horsebridge Hill. The site is just to the right of the Vestas factory, with its own entrance gate. SZ503917.

Entomology

Saturday 21 September 13:00 hrs

Castle Copse in East Cowes SZ506957 which is a Gift to Nature site. Park in Sylvan Avenue. Leader: Selena Bone, Tel 298073.

Ornithology

Saturday 28 September at 09.30 hrs

Newtown. Meet at the National Trust visitor centre car park SZ424905 for a walk in the area. Small parking fee applies. We should see gulls, waders, ducks and geese. Leader: Nicky Falconar (Jackie Hart, Tel 612677).

Botany

Saturday 28 September at 14.00 hrs

Golden Hill Country Park. Our annual meeting to look for galls and leaf miners on the Gift to Nature site at Golden Hill Country Park, under the guidance of Dr David Biggs. No experience needed, just sharp eyes and curiosity. Enter from main road at SZ337882 and follow track to car parking at SZ337879.

Fungus Foray

Sunday 29 September at 10.00 hrs

Firestone Copse. Meet in the main car park off Firestone Copse Road SZ558910. Leader: Jackie Hart, Tel: 612677.


OCTOBER

Fungus Foray

Sunday 6 October at 10.00 hrs

Parkhurst Forest. Turn off Forest Road for main car park at SZ479900. Leader: Colin Pope, Tel 611591.

Ornithology

Saturday 12 October at 09.30 hrs

West High Down. Meet at the National Trust Chalk Pit car park above the High Down Inn, Totland SZ324855 for a downland walk. Some stiles and steep in places. Migrants. Leader: Jackie Hart, Tel 612677.

Archaeology

Saturday 12 October at 14.00 hrs

Churchill’s Farm: From the Bronze Age to the Early Medieval. An interim report on the results from the work of the Archaeology Group at Churchill’s. David Marshall will discuss initial findings and possible interpretations and will place this significant site within a wider island context. Venue: St. Lawrence Village Hall.

Entomology

Sunday 13 October 13:00 hrs

Whippingham. A walk along the cycle path SZ524914. Park in the road by the Crematorium. Leader: Selena Bone, Tel 298073.

Looking At The Countryside

Wednesday 16 October at 10.00 hrs

Golden Hill Fort Nature Reserve, SZ337879. Meet in the main car park in front of the Fort, where the Gift to Nature Warden, Nick Webb, will give us a brief talk about the work that has been carried out, followed by a guided tour or the option to wander about by ourselves. Leader: Nick Webb, Tel 201564.

General Meeting

Annual Fungus Foray

Saturday 19 October from 10.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs

This year’s annual foray will be in the grounds of Osborne House, with Alan Outen, our regular visiting fungal expert. The grounds have proved to be very productive in the past. Park at the visitor car park at Osborne House. We need to gather at the entrance to the Reception building for 10.00 hrs where we will be met by the manager who will welcome us and ensure we can enter the grounds free of charge as a group. If you arrive late it may not be possible to get in without paying. We hope to be joined by some members of the Hampshire Fungus Recording Group.


NOVEMBER

Fungus Foray

Saturday 2 November at 10.00 hrs

Jersey Camp, Porchfield. A visit to the Newtown Ranges to explore Lock’s Copse. Turn west off Locks Green at SZ444907 by the sign for Jersey Camp and then turn right and park near the Range office. Leader: David Biggs, Tel 292595.

Inaugural Centenary Meeting

Friday 8 November from 19.00 hrs to 21.00 hrs

Celebrate one hundred years since the Society was established by spending a pleasant evening at Caffe Isola and hear about some of the early luminaries who ensured our Society would get off to a good start. For details, including how to obtain (free) tickets, please see the Bulletin. Venue: Caffe Isola, 85A St James Street, Newport, PO30 1LG, SZ499889.

Fungus Foray

Saturday 9 November at 10.00 hrs

Golden Hill Country Park. Our first visit to this site to look for fungi. Golden Hill celebrates 50 years as a Country Park next year. Park in gravel car park through the industrial estate from the Colwell Road, near entrance to the fort SZ338878. Leader: Colin Pope, Tel 611591.

Looking At The Countryside

Thursday 14 November at 10.30 hrs

Arreton Down. Meet by the White Lion pub, park in the village car park, SZ534867. A walk to enjoy the landscapes of the eastern chalk ridges of the IW, and observations on landscape and land use changes over the centuries. A steep climb at the start. Leader: Richard Grogan, Tel 823855.

Ornithology

Sunday 17 November at 09.30 hrs

Yarmouth. Meet at the beginning of the cycle path in Thorley Road SZ363895 for a walk in the area. We should see ducks, geese, gulls and waders. Leader: Jim Baldwin, Tel 721137.

Microscopical

Saturday 23 November at 14.00 hrs

Venue to be advised – please check back here for an update. A talk by Paul Bingham on aspects of mammalian histology (study of body tissue under the microscope) will be followed by a discussion about mobile phone cameras and their potential for Natural History and Archaeology. Attendees will be invited to circulate around a number of microscopes and observe such features as white blood cell nuclei, Hassall’s corpuscles, and kidney glomeruli (demonstrators will be on hand). Please bring your mobile phone if you have one as there will be a competition for the best photographs taken on the day through one of the microscopes on display. Leader: Paul Bingham, Tel 526049.

Fungus Foray

Sunday 24 November at 10.00 hrs

Ryde Cemetery. The cemetery grasslands can be good for grassland fungi if conditions are right. Meet at the entrance to Ryde Cemetery off West Street, Ryde SZ589920. Parking in nearby streets. Leader: Jackie Hart, Tel 612677.

Open Exhibition 2019 ‘A Life in Nature’

Saturday 30 November to 1 February

Quay Arts Biennial Open Exhibition 2019 celebrates wildlife and geology and includes specially curated objects and artefacts from our Society, celebrating 100 years, and innovative bio-engineers Artecology. More information available using the following link http://www.quayarts.org/open-2019-call-for-submissions/ Drop in anytime to look at the display of artwork and artefacts. Venue: Quay Arts, 15 Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BD, SZ501894.

Archaeology

Saturday 30 November at 14.00 hrs

The Viking Spirit: an Introduction to Norse Myth and Religion. An illustrated talk by Alan Phillips on Norse beliefs, practices and deities, featuring the berserk warriors, the nine worlds, temple rituals and ship burials. Venue: St. Lawrence Village Hall.


DECEMBER

Looking At The Countryside
Friday 6 December at 10.30 hrs
Newport Quay SZ502893. A shortened version of last year’s walk including some local history, followed by soup and a roll and a quiz at Quay Arts Centre. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Some members may wish to join us just for the lunch, if so meet at the Quay Art Centre at 12.00 noon. Leader: Mary Edmunds, Tel 532055.

Ornithology
Saturday 7 December at 09.30 hrs
Seaview. Meet at the west end of Bluett Avenue SZ626917 for a walk in the area. We should see divers, ducks, grebes and gulls. Leader: Jackie Hart, Tel 612677.

General Meeting
Saturday 14 December from 14.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs
Debbie Tann, CEO Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will talk about the HIWWT Wilder Project, a Wildlife Trust project to put wildlife back on the map and set up Nature Recovery Networks to protect existing wildlife sites and map out where wildlife ought to be. A copy of a discussion paper can be downloaded at https://www.hiwwt.org.uk/wilder-hampshire-wight . Venue: Arreton Community Centre, SZ536865.

Botany
Late December/early January
New Year Plant Hunt. In the last few years, British and Irish plant-hunters have been encouraged to get out over the holiday in their local area and record which wild or naturalised plants are in flower over the New Year. The survey is a three-hour period over the New Year; the precise date period will be announced by the BSBI on their website in December – so choose your own location and time or watch the IWNHAS website for details of the botany group combined expedition nearer the time.

JANUARY 2020

New Year Party
Saturday 11 January from 14.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs
An informal meeting. Watch or take part in party games and a quiz. After an ‘American’ buffet tea there will be a session of voluntary barn dances to tape music, with the President as caller. For the buffet, pizza slices will be provided. Other food contributions are most welcome. Venue: Arreton Community Centre, SZ536865.

Looking At The Countryside
Wednesday 15 January at 10.00 hrs
Godshill. Meet at the car park SZ530817 for a repeat of last January’s walk, when it poured with rain. Four miles, countryside, local history, some archaeology. Could be muddy, some stiles. Leader: Jill Green, Tel 863763 or 07876291385.

Botany
Saturday 18 January at 10.00 hrs
Identifying trees and shrubs from their twigs. Identification of native trees and shrubs in Millennium Wood on the edge of Seaclose playing fields and the opportunity to look at the trees in Seaclose Arboretum. Meet in the car park near the tennis courts at Seaclose Park, SZ505899.

Ornithology
Sunday 19 January at 09.30 hrs
Binfield to the Folly. Park in the car park by the Marina on east bank of River Medina SZ511919, for a walk along the river bank to the Folly and then return. We should see waders, ducks and geese. Leader: David Biggs, Tel 292595.

Archaeology
Saturday 25 January at 14.00 hrs
The Anglo-Saxon Runes. A presentation by Alan Phillips looking at Runic symbols and their meanings in the context of the Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Icelandic rune poems. A follow-up to the talk on Norse myth in November. Venue: St. Lawrence Village Hall.

FEBRUARY

Recorders’ Conference
Saturday 1 February 14.00 hrs – 16.30 hrs
Once again our popular Recorders’ Conference will be held at Arreton Community Centre SZ536865 and is open to everyone with an interest in recording wildlife on the Island. There will be a variety of interesting presentations and an opportunity to catch up with fellow enthusiasts over tea and cake during the interval. Parking at the hall; there is additional parking at the primary school across the road. The programme will be on the website and sent round to members nearer the time.

Botany
Saturday 8 February 13.30 hrs – 15.45 hours
Indoor Meeting. Our annual indoor meeting is at Arreton Community Centre (please note change of venue), reviewing last year’s finds and monitoring projects and looking at plans for the coming recording season. Please bring photographs or pressed specimens of unusual plants for the exhibition during the tea interval.

Looking At The Countryside
Tuesday 11 February at 10.00 hrs
Appley, Puckpool and Springvale. Meet at Appley car park Ryde, SZ606923. A stroll through the parkland & coastline of East Ryde, enjoying the evidence of villas and other residences, and their legacy in terms of schools, parkland and open spaces. Leader: Richard Smout, Tel 527477.

Botany
Saturday 15 February at 10.00 hrs
Wood Calamint lay-by clearance. Come and enjoy good company while assisting with the conservation of one of the Island’s specialities. Gardening gloves and hand tools would be useful. Meet along Rowridge Lane; further details at indoor meeting. Parking is limited so please arrange to share vehicles if possible.

Archaeology
Saturday 15 February at 14.00 hrs
The Bronze Age. A continuation of the “In the Beginning” series of Archaeological talks by Delian Backhouse-Fry covering the last 900,000 years of human occupation of these Isles. Venue : St. Lawrence Village Hall.

General Meeting
Saturday 22 February at 14.00 hrs
More Than Catherine. The role of women in the early years of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society. With the notable exception of Catherine Morey, the early years of the Society can seem to be dominated by men. Does a closer analysis of the Society’s early years, using sources such as the Proceedings, confirm this? Who were some of the early female members and what do we know about their contribution to the growth of the organisation? This talk focusses on those who became members during the lifetime of Catherine Morey, in the years up to 1943. Speaker: Richard Smout. Venue: Arreton Community Centre, SZ536865.

Ornithology
Saturday 29 February at 09.30 hrs
Shalfleet. Meet in the lay-by by the church SZ413893, for a walk to the Quay. We should see waders, ducks, geese and finches. Leader: Jim Baldwin, Tel 721137.


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MARCH

Looking At The Countryside

Tuesday 10 March at 10.30 hrs

St Catherine’s Down. Meet at Blackgang Viewpoint car park SZ491767. A walk around St. Catherine’s Down and the ‘wide combe’ of Wydcombe valley, looking at landscape and management features both historic and natural. Steep in parts, may be muddy. Leader: Tony Tutton, Tel 0799915853.

General Meeting
Saturday 14 March at 14.00 hrs
Hedgehogs. Everything you want to know about these fascinating animals, a talk by Save Our Hedgehogs Isle of Wight. Find out where to find them on the Island and what you can do to help protect them. Squirrels – Return of the Reds, a progress report on their welfare from the Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Trust. Venue: Arreton Community Centre.

Ornithology
Sunday 15 March at 09.30 hrs
St Helen’s. Meet near the letter box by Selwyn Court in Latimer Road (you should be able to park in the road) SZ630888. We will be walking in the vicinity of Bembridge Harbour and should see waders, ducks and gulls. Leader: Toni Goodley, Tel 652702.

Botany
Saturday 21 March at 10.00 hrs
Ryde Canoe Lake. We hope to find a good range of attractive but small early flowering sand dune plants and some showy naturalised bulbs. Meet at western end of canoe lake SZ600927. Parking in nearby streets.

Archaeology
Saturday 21 March at 14.00 hrs
The Iron Age: a talk by Delian Backhouse Fry. Venue: St. Lawrence Village Hall.

THE IWNHAS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Saturday 28 March 13.45 hrs for 14.00 hrs start
All our members are invited to attend the AGM to hear about the Society’s activities and finances during the past year and to vote for our officers and committees. We look forward to meeting you and having a chat, and we will try to answer any questions. Contributions of sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, crisps, nuts, fruit etc. for the buffet tea would be much appreciated. Venue: Arreton Community Centre SZ536865.

APRIL

Archaeology
April / May: date to be arranged
A day visit to Hengistbury Head and The Red House Museum, Christchurch. To be kept informed of plans for this please contact Helen Jackson, e-mail rosemount25@yahoo.co.uk

Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society.
100th Anniversary Conference
Saturday 4 April
Environmental Change on the Isle of Wight; Past, Present and Future. Venue: Riverside Centre, Newport.

Full details of this meeting and other meetings to celebrate our 100th year will be in our next programme. They include: a joint meeting with the Historical Association on Wednesday 27 May, a trip to the Natural History Museum London on Wednesday 3 June, a joint meeting with the Hampshire Field Club on Saturday 26 September and a closing dinner at the Isle of Wight College on Friday 6 November