Forthcoming Meetings

IWNHAS meeting

IWNHAS meeting

Welcome to our Autumn/Winter programme – September 2018 to March 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.



August Rare plant monitoring Dates to be arranged. Further information will be available on Society’s webpage. Leader: Anne Marston (Tel: 527857 (eves)).


Tuesday 7 August at 13:00 hrs

Whale Chine to Atherfield – the field edge on the cliff top can produce an interesting range of species. This is a chance to look at this area and see what can be found. Meet at Whale Chine car park (SZ469783 ) Leader: Richard Smout (Tel: 527477).

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 15 August at 10.00 hrs

Godshill. Meet Godshill Car Park (SZ530817) for a walk to the Worsley monument. This is more challenging than usual with some steep steps and hills. Bring water and expect spectacular hills. Leader: Steve Hutt (Tel: 840237).


Saturday 25 August at 09.30 hrs

Blackgang – Meet at Blackgang Viewpoint car park (SZ490767) for a walk along the cliff top towards Niton and return inland. Early returning migrants. Leader: Toni Goodley: (Tel: 564594).



Saturday 8 September at 14.00 hrs

Recording the flora on Headon Warren for the BSBI Atlas 2020 project. Please bring identification book, pencil and hand lens if you have one. Meet at the western end of the Turf Walk, Totland SZ 322866 from where we will transfer into the least number of vehicles to move closer to our survey site.

Looking at the Countryside

Monday 10 September at 16.30 hrs

East Cowes. Meet at the small Car Park at East Cowes Esplanade SZ 505963. Note unusual time of meeting due to tide times. This will be a walk along the Esplanade onto the foreshore past Old Castle Point as far as we can. Wellington boots will be required. Please ring the leader BEFORE coming on this walk (or check the website) as things may change. Leader: Mrs Pat Luckett, Tel 292841.


Saturday 15 September at 14.00 hrs

Dicksons Copse. Our annual meeting to look for galls and leaf miners in the local nature reserve, under the guidance of Dr David Biggs. No experience needed, just sharp eyes and curiosity. Meet at the eastern end of Stag Lane, Newport SZ 504917.


Sunday 16 September at 09.30 hrs

Ventnor Downs – Meet at the car park just before the radar station SZ 565785 for a walk on the downs. There should be some migrants on passage. Leader: TBA.


Sunday 16 September at 10.00 hrs

The Palaeogene sediments and structure of Whitecliff Bay. Meet in the small car park south of Forelands Field Road, Bembridge SZ 6546 8730. This walk will continue on from the Quaternary walk at Forelands earlier this year, going further back in time into the Eocene sediments of this International Type Section for Eocene rocks. Leader: Trevor Price.


Saturday 22 September at 14.00 hrs

The Pier’s Tale: a talk by Archaeologist Ruth Waller about a new project that will restore Yarmouth Pier and delve into the life, both above and beneath the waves, of this, the longest wooden pier in England. Venue: Arreton Community Centre, SZ 541861.


Saturday 29 September at 10.00hrs.

Annual Fungus Foray This year’s annual foray will be in Brighstone Forest with Alan Outen, our regular visiting fungal expert. Meet at the National Trust Jubilee carpark at the top of Lynch Lane SZ 420845. Bring collecting baskets and packed lunch if you are staying all day. Everyone welcome.


Sunday 30 September at 14.00 hrs

From the Beginning: a talk by Delian Backhouse-Fry. This is for those who know little about archaeology today, which has changed in an astonishing manner in the last 5 years, due to researches in DNA and dating. For instance, we now know that the Aborigines of Australia have been there for over 80,000 years and Cheddar man living 10,000 years ago, has dark curly hair, blue eyes and looked remarkably modern. Venue: St Lawrence Village Hall.


Looking at the Countryside

Thursday 4 October at 10:00 hrs

Meet at Haseley Manor, Arreton, SZ 546858. A look at the Nature Reserve and a walk along the cycle track. Two miles, may be muddy in parts. Leader: Mary Edmunds, Tel 532055.


Saturday 6 October at 09.30 hrs

Culver Down – Meet at the far eastern car park on Culver Down SZ 636856 for a walk in the area. There should be some birds on migration. Leader: Jackie Hart, Tel 612677.


Saturday 6 October at 13.00 hrs

St. Catherines – a tale of landslides and the Gault Clay. Meet opposite the Buddle Inn, St. Catherine’s Road, Niton. SZ 5029 7572. Please park in the road and not in the pub car park. The beach consists of rocks, which may be wet and slippery, so good boots with grip are essential. The road back up is steep, so stamina and an ability to climb a stile are required. This walk will look at the western end of the southern landslide complex from beach level, and will aim to recover some Gault Clay for firing at a later date. Please bring a container and trowel if you intend to collect. The sediments here are mainly from the lower and upper Cretaceous transition, but some recent tufa may be found. Leader: Trevor Price.

Earth Science Week : 13 to 21 October

Dinosaur Isle intends to provide some talks during Earth Science Week 13th to 21st October 2018, which may be of interest to members. Contact the museum nearer the time for details.

Fungus Foray

Sunday 14 October at 10.00 hrs

Rowlands Wood – A new location for a fungus foray, 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 (marked ‘Island Paintballing’ on Google maps). There is adequate parking. Leader: Colin Pope.


Saturday 20 October at 11.00 hrs (note different time)

Alverstone – Meet at the old railway crossing, north of Alverstone Bridge. SZ 577855. It is late in the season, but there are a variety of habitats for us to look at here. Please park considerately in the lane through the village. Leader: Richard Smout, Tel 527477.


Saturday 20 October at 14.00 hrs

Please note change of subject.

Time detectives: How the humans connected with the past.

Last month we looked at the basic beginnings of our species, and what they were doing in Britain in the last half a million years. The other side of the equation, of course, being who was recording these events and trying to make sense of how we all got here. Enter The Archaeologist!
Venue: St. Lawrence village hall.

Fungus Foray

Saturday 27 October at 10.00 hrs

Firestone Copse. Meet in the main car park off Firestone Copse Road SZ 558991. Leader: Colin Pope.


Looking at the Countryside

Saturday 3 November at 10:00 hrs

Meet at National Trust car park, Mottistone Manor, SZ 405838. A walk through the grounds of Brook House, over Pay Down & Mottistone Down, back via the Longstone. Frank will talk about the Neolithic & Bronze Age archaeology of the area and how the landscape has changed since 1990. About 3 miles, may be muddy. Leader: Frank Basford, Tel 525860.


Saturday 10 November at 14.00 hrs

The IW Green Gym – an illustrated talk by Mark Russell. The Green Gym is celebrating its fifteenth birthday. Come and hear what it’s all about and what the volunteers have been involved with over the years. In 2009 they received an MBE from the Queen! Venue: Arreton Community Hall.

Fungus Foray

Sunday 11 November at 10.00 hrs

Parkhurst Forest – Turn off Forest Road for main car park at SZ 479900. Leader: David Biggs.


Saturday 17 November at 14.00 hrs

The Last Ice Age and the Return of the Hunters: a talk by Delian Backhouse-Fry, Katie Cambridge and Joy Verrinder. Genetic evidence of migrations across NW Europe. The Mesolithic and the return of the Forest and woodlands of Britain. Global warming and the disappearing land bridges. Venue: St Lawrence Village Hall.


Sunday 18 November 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).

Fungus Foray

Saturday 24 November at 10.00 hrs

Combley Great Wood – There is limited parking in the small lay-by off Combley Road at SZ 544894. Take care parking as there are some pot holes. Leader: Jackie Hart.


Saturday 24 November at 14.00 hrs

Medina Valley Centre, Dodnor Lane, Newport SZ 503909. A talk by Dr Steve Sweetman on the microfossil discoveries he has made at Yaverland and the south-west coast of the Island which have more than doubled the species list for the strata containing the Isle of Wight dinosaurs. After a refreshment break attendees will be invited to inspect microfossil samples, provided by Steve, using stereo microscopes. There is no guarantee that you will discover a new species, but you never know. Please bring your mobile phone if you have one, as there will be a competition for the best photograph taken on the day through one of the microscopes. Leader: Paul Bingham, Tel 526049.



Sunday 2 December at 09.30 hrs

Yarmouth – meet at the beginning of the cycle path in Thorley Road SZ 363895 for a walk in the area. We should see ducks, geese, gulls and waders. Leader: Toni Goodley.

Looking at the Countryside

Thursday 6 December at 10.00 hrs

Meet at Newport Quay by the propeller, SZ 502893 for a walk around the Newport area. Three miles max., soup & a roll and quiz at the end. Booking essential. Leader: Mary Edmunds, Tel 532055.


Saturday 8 December at 14.00 hrs

IW AONB – Plans and Projects: an illustrated talk by Richard Grogan. A quick introduction to 24 Management and Delivery Plans for 2019, including what is currently being achieved and what will be achieved in the future. Venue: Arreton Community Hall.


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 New Year. The survey is for three hours over the New Year period; the dates have yet to be announced –so watch the IWNHAS website for details of the botany group combined expedition nearer the time or choose your own location and time. Results are submitted via the BSBI website.



Saturday 12 January at 14.00 hrs

Rats, Abraham Elder and Folklore: an illustrated talk by Paul Cowdell – In his 1839 ‘Tales and Legends of the Isle of Wight’, Abraham Elder included a telling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, set in Newtown. Paul will look at this story in the broader context of folklore about rats, consider how folklore has been understood, and what it has to do with both archaeology and natural history. Venue: Arreton Community Hall.

Looking at the Countryside

Wednesday 16 January at 10:00 hrs

Meet at Godshill car park SZ 530817. A four- mile walk to the west of Godshill via farmland, and back to enjoy a pub lunch for those who have time. Could be muddy, some stiles. Leader:Jill Green, Tel 863763 or 07876291385.


Saturday 19 January at 09.30 hrs

Seaview – meet at the west end of Bluet Avenue SZ 626917 for a walk in the area. We should see divers, ducks, grebes and gulls. Leader: Jackie Hart, Tel 612677.


Saturday 19 January at 13.30 hrs

Our annual indoor meeting to review last year’s finds and monitoring projects and to look at plans for the coming recording season. Please bring photographs, pressed specimens of unusual plants for the exhibition during the tea interval. If you would like to give a brief presentation to the group, please contact Anne Marston by 5th January. Meet at Medina Valley Centre, Dodnor Lane, Newport SZ 503909.


Saturday 26 January at 14.00 hrs

Cave Art and the Beginnings of Consciousness: a talk by Alan Phillips. What do the animals and symbols depicted on cave walls in western Europe in the late Ice Age tell us about the nature of the ancestral mind? How we became human and the origins of art. Venue: St Lawrence Village Hall.


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 are due for publication in the second part of 2018. 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.


Saturday 16 March at 14.00 hrs

The Bronze Age – Life on the Island: a talk by Delian Backhouse-Fry and David Marshall. Barrows and hoards, boundaries and settlements. Pottery, swords, axes and daggers. The coming of the Beaker folk. Why were there over 360 Barrows built here, and what did that mean to the populations? Venue: St Lawrence Village Hall.


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: David Biggs, Tel 292595.


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.