About Natural Wight
Natural Wight aims to help you make the most of nature on your doorstep!
It offers a fun and unique blend of practical conservation days and walks for young adults as well as creative nature-related community activities and events for people of all ages and abilities. Everything is designed to raise awareness, understanding and just pure enjoyment of the beauty, accessibility and biodiversity of our amazing Isle of Wight environment.
Since the project began in February 2011, around 5,500 people have been out and about with Natural Wight. With the help of our partners and friends, we’ve left no stone unturned!
Here’s what we’ve been up to so far…
Rockpooling, bat-spotting, squirrel-searching, bug-hoovering (don’t try this at home!), pond-dipping, tree-planting, hedge-planting, tree-climbing, flower-sowing, weed-removing, pine-cone people making, pine-cone feeder-making, shelter-building, geo-caching, wild food stashing… then there’s blossom, history and wildlife bus tours and talks, tree trails and wild food walks, night safaris, river-restoring, river-exploring, nature art workshops, Forest Days, Big Bug Days, Big Planting Days and last but not least our spectacular Up and Down Kite Festival!
Green Army Isle of Wight
Thousands more Island residents and visitors have benefited from the conservation work of our inimitable Green Army. This group of young volunteers (all aged 16-25 and many of whom live in supported accommodation) have carried out conservation tasks with training from our partners all around the Island on some of its most sensitive sites for wildlife. See our Facebook page for more information.
Natural Wight has been very lucky to have been helped throughout by many of Nature’s professionals! Our partners include the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, National Trust, the Footprint Trust, Arc, IW Council, the Tree Council, the CPRE and more. To find out more about these organisations, what’s coming up and how to get involved, click on our Partners’ and Funders’ links on the home page.
The Natural Wight project is designed and run by Spectrum Housing and was originally funded by Natural England and the Big Lottery Fund as part of their enormously successful Access to Nature programme.
Originally a two year project, Natural Wight was awarded a further year’s Sustaining Impact funding by Natural England in 2013. Since then, it has secured further funding from various sources (thanks very much!) to take it through to 2018 and beyond!