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An update on the work of the Bird Aware team this week in Ryde and Shanklin... if you're a walker on our foreshores, like the beautiful Ryde Sands, it's important to be #birdaware... to understand how important these areas are to a range of fascinating migratory birds and what really simple measures you can take to help them survive. Take a look at the Bird Aware team's Facebook page for more info... ... See MoreSee Less

I was lucky enough to get across to the Isle of Wight for some half-term fun in the sunshine yesterday. I joined Ranger Vicky at Ryde Sands showing people the amazing Sanderling and asking them to be #BirdAware. We then joined Shanklin Green Town for a beach clean where we were able to chat to vo...

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If you're looking for some outdoor fun, fresh air, and general beachy goodness this half term, why not come along to our family Wildbeach session at St.Helens this Thursday afternoon (15th Feb)? There will be a range of activities on offer for all ages including rock pooling, beach art and craft, ...

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We're off to Eaglehead Copse with Green Army Isle Of Wight next Tuesday to help the Wildlife Trust and these sheep maintain 'one of the finest chalk woodlands on the Isle of Wight'!

Green Army introduces young adults aged 16-25 to conservation volunteering and to nature and wildlife on their doorsteps. If you'd like to join us, or know someone who might, contact us here or email claire@vectishousing.co.uk!
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'One of the finest chalk woodlands on the Isle of Wight, with excellent spring flowers and a red squirrel population'... here's where we're heading next Tuesday 20th February. We'll helping the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust on their Eaglehead Copse nature reserve - work and a walk to t...

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Seedy Sunday

February 11, 2018, 10:30am - February 11, 2018, 4:00pm

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Full-on day again today in glorious but freezing sunshine for our Green Army volunteers Will, Charlie and Ian! In one session, the team achieved a huge amount, ticking off a huge list of tasks along the Lost Duver and reed bed trails in Sandown Bay... plus picking up some snippets of local military...

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We were back to Bohemia Bog last week for Green Army... continuing our new project to help restore this rare transition mire as it's known in the trade. It was Katie's first time out with us and she did a great job clearing gorse and willow. By clearing this scrub and creating an opening, we'll be...

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Wild About Wight Clay Impressions

February 25, 2018, 2:00pm - February 25, 2018, 4:30pm

Join us on a fun walk Down To The Town through Ryde to the Esplanade, making clay impressions of our built and natural environment as we go. Led by artist Babs Gowan, we’ll be exploring the textures all around us, from street furniture and walls to trees, plants and once we reach the seashore, she...

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Coming up! Our February #WildAboutWight free art workshop is all about making an impression... or many, out of clay!

We'll be exploring Ryde's architectural and natural details with the help of Ryde-based artist Babs Gowan, learning how to use clay to record what we see. Meeting at Ryde Library, we'll walk all the way to the Esplanade and back so make sure to wrap warm and wear comfy shoes.

Keep an eye on our Clay Impressions events page for updates.

PS. All welcome - children must be over 12 and accompanied by an adult.

#DownToTheTown with #WildAboutWight, Vectis Housing Association DowntotheCoast IW Ryde Library. #architecture #streetscape #urban #nature #detail #floorgallery #localdistinctiveness #Ryde #clay The Quay Arts
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Join us on a fun walk Down To The Town through Ryde to the Esplanade, making clay impressions of our built and natural environment as we go. Led by artist Babs Gowan, we’ll be exploring the textures all around us, from street furniture and walls to trees, plants and once we reach the seashore, shells!
Meeting and finishing our walk and workshop at Ryde Library. Wellies are recommended for the beach part of our walk.
All materials will be provided and everyone is welcome, although children should be aged 12 + and must be accompanied by an adult (don’t worry… there will be opportunities for younger children to join in on our workshops later in the year!).
Spaces are limited to make sure to book your spot by messaging us here, emailing Claire@vectishousing.co.uk or calling Claire on 07710 363446.

#WildAboutWight, #DownToTheTown #art #nature #architecture #workshops #Built #natural #heritage #environment #localdistinctiveness #community #clay #DownToTheCoast #Ryde
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Wild About Wight Clay Impressions

February 25, 2018, 2:00pm - February 25, 2018, 4:30pm

Join us on a fun walk Down To The Town through Ryde to the Esplanade, making clay impressions of our built and natural environment as we go. Led by artist Babs Gowan, we’ll be exploring the textures all around us, from street furniture and walls to trees, plants and once we reach the seashore, she...

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We were out exploring a corner of Sandown Bay last week in the first in our Wild About Wight nature and art workshops. The workshop was led by artist Hannah George and aimed to help us take a 'new view' on nature and landscape, through observation, mark-making and watercolour. It's rare that we get the time nowadays to spend time somewhere interesting concentrating, let alone try drawing or writing what we see. There's arguably no better way to really get to know a place, a scene or a thing than this though!

First off, we learnt about the Willow Walk, why willows are important, a bit about the flora about us - then we set to drawing! By the end of the day, we'd seen Sandown's urban edges anew and learnt about a range of art techniques, observation, pencils, charcoals, mark-making, wax resist, inks and sprinkles! And as you can see, we ended up with some brilliant art!
As one lady said, she'd come in with the world on her shoulders but left relaxed and happy.

Thanks also to everyone who joined us and helped out and to Caroline Underwood, Barbara Gowan and Hannah George for sending in photos!

Details on our next free workshop for February, with Babs Gowan coming right up!

#WildAboutWight #WillowWalk #NewViews #Nature #art #Wildlife #Willows #Exploring #Discovery #EastWight #IsleofWight Vectis Housing Association Down to the Coast Wight Aonb Hannah George - Makings The Common Space #reeds #wetland #lostduver #Sandown #naturalheritage #environment #watercolour #ArtsAward The Quay Arts
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We were out exploring a corner of Sandown Bay last week in the first in our Wild About Wight nature and art workshops. The workshop was led by artist Hannah George and aimed to help us take a 'new view' on nature and landscape, through observation, mark-making and watercolour. It's rare that we get...

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