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Make an impression at our Arc Woodland Safari!

Each month, #WildAboutWight artists are taking us out and about exploring East Wight and we're collecting art, impressions, sounds and memories for a big Wild About Wight exhibition at Quay Arts next Spring.

For our August art workshop, join us at the Arc Woodland Safari where artist Babs Gowan will show us how to turn ancient woodland, street textures and even a playground into clay art! Your artwork might even end up inspiring the Arc's new look in the coming months... who knows?

#WildAboutWight #Clay #Art #Nature #Streetgallery #streetart #greenspace #newviews #downtothecoast #ArcWoodland #woodland #safari Down to the Coast Vectis Housing Association The Quay Arts #heritagelotteryfund
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Through our Wild About Wight project and thanks to Down To The Coast funding, we've been working with landowners Sovereign Housing, environmental organisations Arc & Artecology and volunteers on the Arc Woodland, a bright green and very steep arc on the Monktonmead in Oakfield, Ryde. It's a really wild spot and it's at the heart of easy walking routes out of Ryde to the beyond.
Here's what's been happening and there are lots more plans in the works.

In the meantime, join us on Monday 21st August to explore the woodland, landscapes, river and views! We'll have the Artecology team with us for bug hoovering and river dipping and bioblitzing. And you can make clay impressions with Babs Gowan or make sketches and splashes with Hannah George in this outdoor studio! Plus we're collecting snippets of history of the area - look out for Carol Jaye to share yours with... Something for everyone of all ages. It's all free and all are welcome...

More info on our events page!

Hope to see you there!

#WildAboutWight #TheArc #RestoringtheArc #wildlife #nature #downtothecoast #safari #greenspace #pocketpark #playground #natureplay #natureplayspace#science #art #conservation #restoration #woodland #urbanfringe #Ryde #IsleofWight Vectis Housing Association Down to the Coast Sovereign Housing Association @greenarmyIsleofWight #HeritageLotteryFund @artecologyltd
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5 days ago  ·  

Our Wild About Wight bat detecting walks are a fantastic way to learn all about this incredible species. Better still, each walk explores a new location in East Wight, urban and rural so you know what to look for on your doorstep. Thanks to Graham and team (pictured here) at the Isle of Wight Bat Hospital, we also learn how to support our bat populations at home... so we have loads to detect forever after!

Our next bat walk is on Tuesday 14th August in Sandown's Willow Walk & wetland.... last few spaces remaining. Contact Claire Hector on 07610 363446 or email to book your spot by Friday 10th August. The walks are free but donations to the bat hospital would be lovely!

Please don't forget to bring a torch and wear comfy shoes!

#bats #bat #batdetecting #nature #wildlife #biodiversity #community #sandown #eastwight #WildAboutWight #wildlifeonyourdoorstep. Thanks to Isle of Wight Bat Hospital Down to the Coast Vectis Housing Association Heritage Lottery Fund
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1 week ago  ·  

Look out for this month's superspecies for iWatchWildlife... this time it's the wavy snakelocks anemones!SPECIES OF THE MONTH - August 2018

Snakelocks anemone (Anemonia viridis)

This month, we’re asking you tell us about your observations of a marine, coastal species – the Snakelocks Anemone which can be spotted in rockpools, reefs and on man-made structures exposed at low tide around our Island’s coasts.

This is our first marine species to feature as a ‘Species of the Month’ and also an important one as Snakelocks Anemone is an indicator of changing sea temperatures - currently found on the west coast of the UK and in the English Channel, but are spreading north as temperatures increase.

The name comes from the long, wavy snake-like tentacles which are usually green with purple tips (in deeper water they are grey in colour). Their green colouration is due to the presence of symbiotic algae which uses sunlight as an energy source. As a result, the anemones prefer brightly lit shallow waters.

They grow to around 8cm in diameter with tentacles up to 15cm which do not retract when disturbed or when out of water unlike other anemones. These tentacles contain stinging cells which enable them they catch plankton and tiny animals from the water. This anemone can cause skin irritation, so it’s best not to touch them.

Snakelocks anemones can sometimes found in groups and good places to see them are under Ryde Pier, Bembridge and Horse Ledges and Freshwater Bay.

* please tag us @iWatchWildlife if you see a posts on Facebook relating to Snakelocks Anemone sightings so we don't miss any of your valuable records.

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1 week ago  ·  

Wonderful slow mo footage of bats in motion here... We're looking forward to our next Bat Walk and Talk with Graham Street from the @isleofwightbathospital in Borthwood Copse this coming Tuesday!

Don't forget to bring a torch with you if you're coming along as it'll be dark by the time we leave the forest.

#bats #bat #walk #BorthwoodCopse #WildAboutWight #Downtothecoast Vectis Housing Association Down to the Coast #natural #heritage #IsleofWight

Isle of Wight Bat Hospital
Bats in slow motion.. don’t they look wonderful? 🦇❤️
Look at that little twist and turn on the 3rd clip, bats are little acrobats in the sky! When you slow their flight right down it is so fascinating to watch, you notice things that you wouldn’t see otherwise!
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3 weeks ago  ·  

More hard work from our Green Army volunteers, continuing their work with The Common Space in and around Sandown's Willow and Reedbed walk. Getting to see lots of different kinds of habitats in a short walk!Green Army volunteers Will and Harry did a brilliant job this week in Sandown helping to maintain a circular nature trail with The Common Space.

We were helping to trim new growth sprouting up in the Willow & Reed Bed walk which edges the Browns arena from Dinosaur Isle right round to the Zoo.... great way to spend a day, scooting along on our hands and knees removing the tiny saplings springing up along the pathway in the shade of the overhead ash, poplar and willow canopies (even amazingly, an unusually tall elm!). Being so close to the ground, we discovered oak apple galls, soldier beetles and even a perfect golf ball. Then all of a sudden, we broke through to the other side... out of the tree canopy and into the bright green and yellow world of the reed beds! On to the Lost Duver meadows to explore the ponds that Will and co helped to dig, and then got VIP treatment with a tour of the PLUTO Pavilion thanks to Isle of Wight Men In Sheds.

Thanks to Will and Harry for their hard work, Ian Boyd & The Common Space and John Help from Isle of Wight Men in sheds.

Don't forget, while it's nesting season (pretty much Feb to August), it's important not to do any strimming/cutbacks of hedges or trees... always save them til winter to avoid disturbing nests or killing young birds. Bit more info for you here:

#GreenArmyIsleofWight Natural Wight #WildAboutWight Vectis Housing Association Down to the Coast Shaping The Bay #conservation #volunteering #Youth #training #WillowWalk #Reedbed #wildlife #greenspace #naturetrail #nature #walk
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4 weeks ago  ·  

Have you worked with Green Army this year, helping to conserve bits of East Wight's wild spots? If so, why not join us on our end of summer celebration before we break up for the holidays?! We'll be off kayaking on an explorer session... this year, in St Helens no less!

(Don't worry - you don't need to be able to swim to take part!)

Tuesday 24th July from 10am... transport, food and kit all provided.

Get in touch with Claire here, email or text 07710 363446 if you'd like to come along.SUMMER CELEBRATION - GREEN ARMY's going Down to the Coast!

Calling all Green Army volunteers! If you've taken part in Green Army in the last year, join us for our end of the summer celebration... with a morning's kayaking exploring the St Helens coastline followed by a proper picnic!

Tuesday 24th July - 10am - 2pm....

Contact Claire here, email or text 07710 363446 if you'd like to put your name down to come along. If you're in supported accommodation, give your support worker a shout to sign up!
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1 month ago  ·  

Hedgehogs are this month's must-have species for iWatchwildlife! Keep an eye out of an evening to see if you have any in your gardens or near you... if you haven't got a hedgehog gate yet (aka a hole at the bottom of your fence), why not see if you can make one... hedgehogs need corridors to allow them to travel miles in search of food. Lots of new developments or fencing contractors super-seal garden spaces unfortunately; making sure hedgehogs can travel freely through our gardens (a 'gate' only has to be half the size of a CD!) is a quick win for supporting this magic but endangered mammal.SPECIES OF THE MONTH - July 2018

Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)

This month, we revisit the iconic Hedgehog as our featured 'Species of the Month and we’d love to hear about your observations around the Island.

Receiving much coverage in the media recently, with a staggering one third of all British Hedgehogs being lost since 2001 - this species is in real danger species and your records are becoming more important than ever.

Here on the Island, it is believed they have declined in the countryside, but still survive in urban and suburban gardens (see map below outlining concentrations of IW records in recent years).

Despite being so familiar, relatively little is known about them. In order to be able to better understand Hedgehogs, we first need to know where they are and aren’t.

It would be brilliant to boost our current records the Island, so please let us know if you spot one - photos would be an extra bonus!

* please tag us iWatchWildlife if you see a posts on Facebook relating to Hedgehogs sightings (both live and dead) so we don't miss any of your valuable records.

Identification: Unmistakable if you see it. Signs they might be around: medium-sized, black droppings consisting of bits of beetles and other insects, often found on grassy areas. They grow up to 25cm, weigh up to 2kg with an average lifespan: 2-3 years.

Good to know: Hedgehogs are one of only two terrestrial mammals to hibernate in the UK, the other being the Hazel Dormouse – also found on the Island. Favourite foods include of beetles and worms. Badgers are their main predator, but there have been increasing reports of the two species tolerating one another, and in some cases co-existing.

There are loads of things you can do to help Hedgehogs as an individual and collectively - getting together with your neighbours to link up gardens to make Hedgehog Highways. Don't forget to leave out a shallow dish of water for Hedgehogs to drink during this intense weather if you can!

If you find a sick or injured Hedgehog, then please contact our local group Save Our Hedgehogs Isle of Wight who work hard to rehabilitate Hedgehogs and where possible release then back into the wild.

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1 month ago  ·