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.



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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 – times to be confirmed

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 to follow. Keep the date and find out more nearer the time on the Society’s website and in the Recording Now Newsletter.

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.


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.


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.


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 – 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.


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.


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.

Wolverton Manor Garden Fair

Saturday 31 & Sunday 1 September 10.00 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.


(subject to change)

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 4 September at 10.00 hrs

Meet at National Trust Compton Bay car park (charges apply to non-members) SZ 370851. 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.

Geology Clay Project – Kiln Firing

Saturday 7 September from 10.00 hrs

Kiln Firing at The Beacon, Beacon Alley, Godshill. SZ 513810. Coffee and Tea provided but please bring own mug and snacks/packed lunch. Steve Hutt, Tel 840237.


Saturday 28 September at 09.30 hrs

Newtown – Meet at the National Trust visitor centre car park SZ 424905 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).

General Meeting

Saturday 19 October from 10.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs

Annual Fungus Foray details to follow.