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Two Monuments and a Picnic! Our next Green Army day, coming up next Tuesday 29th May is a day off from conservation and instead a walk through some of East Wight's best landscape and taking in two of its built icons...GREEN ARMY Spring/Summer WALK...Tuesday 29th May 2018!

For our next Green Army session, we're hanging up our ragwort forks and shelving the shovels for the morning... instead, we'll be hiking uphill from Blackgang, taking in some of East Wight's greatest views and two of its icons, the Pepper Pot and the Hoy Monument. Our walk will be led by special walking enthusiast and guest star, the Foyer's Ian Dyer!! (So we can blame Ian if we get lost!).

Expect around a 7 mile walk and hills but at a gentle pace and with stops for lunch etc. Normal Green Army times, 10am - 2pm.

Transport and refreshments will be provided although please make sure to bring your own backpack for water and wear trainers/wellies or comfy shoes. It'll be hot so bring a hat and wear suntan lotion.

Drop us a line here, email claire@vectishousing.co.uk or speak to your project worker to let us know if you're coming along!
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News just in... The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are recruiting for their next Woodland Apprentices. There'll be tough competition but it's an excellent opportunity to learn woodland and conservation skills. The first apprentices are now out and working in the industry already!
Find out more here!

www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/appre…/-279513
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Buzzards and Holly Blues spotted by our volunteer Harry on Green Army today while working on Knighton Down!Green Army was on a rescue mission today to help the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust tackle a veritable of forest of 'injurious' plants, ragwort and spear thistle on their Knighton Down nature reserve (that's pronounced KAY-nighton, not Niton for non-Islanders!).

Our newest volunteer, Harry and the Foyer's Nikki along with the Trust's volunteers did an epic job, filling up the entire pick-up truck with ragwort and leaving no thistle un-topped! It was baking hot but as luck would have it, Harry discovered a handy water pistol in a roadside geocache which helped keep us all cool!

As we sat for lunch, a Common Blue, tiny butterfly, made a beeline for Harry, sat on his hand and slurped up sugar from the biscuit he'd just eaten. He was there for a good while - amazing sight! Not only was Harry ace at spotting and removing ragworts, turns out he's a butterfly whisperer too.

Knighton Down is really steep - a massive slice of bright green with acres of airspace below you... and another amazing sight today, again spotted by Harry, was a buzzard, wheeling through the air on the thermals below us.

Thanks to all the team for a really good day! Here's a bit of info for anyone who'd like to volunteer with the Wildlife Trust direct to help shift a bit more of that ragwort! www.hiwwt.org.uk/volunteer

#GreenArmyIsleofWight Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust #KnightonDown The Foyer Vectis Housing Association DowntotheCoast IW #Conservation #volunteering #Youth #nature #wildlife #healthandwellbeing
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A few more pics of the excellent alternative souvenirs created at this weekend's Hullabaloo!

#WildAboutWight Vectis Housing Association DowntotheCoast IW Isle of Wight AONB Partnership Hullabaloo #DiscoveryBay Shaping The Bay Hannah George - Makings Babs Gowan #nature #art #locality #place

#AlternativeSouvenirs by artist Hannah GeorgeA few more pics of the excellent alternative souvenirs created at this weekend's Hullabaloo!

#WildAboutWight Vectis Housing Association DowntotheCoast IW Isle of Wight AONB Partnership Hullabaloo #DiscoveryBay Shaping The Bay Hannah George - Makings Babs Gowan #nature #art #locality #place

#AlternativeSouvenirs by artist Hannah George
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Wonderful day and art for Wild About Wight at Hullabaloo this year!What a great time we had at Hullabaloo in Sandown this weekend.Over 130 people joined us to make their own authentic souvenirs at our Down to the Town pop-up studio in the Wildlife marquee.

Taking inspiration from the natural flora and fauna from the local Bay area, our visitors used watercolour, carbon paper and pencil to create pocket-sized portfolios of wild flowers and grasses, butterflies and moths to slot into our bespoke wallets and take home with them.

Thanks to local artists Babs Gowan and Hannah George who were such an inspiration throughout the day.
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Lots and lots of nature-related fun lining up for this weekend's Hullabaloo 2018 event in Sandown Bay. Look out for our #WildAboutWight artists and Community Team!Almost there for tomorrow's Hullabaloo in Sandown Bay!

The Discovery Bay is all about ‘Revealing the lifelong inspiration and extraordinary science in the natural world’ in Sandown Bay. And at this year’s Hullabaloo (and last week's Beach Bugs & Bones too!) we've got a 100 million years of wildlife lining up! There's Arc's Bug and Slug Vision, fossils and the future of biodiversity, a live Bioblitz and an upcoming Biosphere, Beach and Forest explorations, massive microscopes, amazing national experiments from the Royals, the Science Museum and Wonderstruck, George's Moss Lab, The Poo Museum's curious displays and inventions, pond-dipping, bug-hoovering, art and archaeology and more.

From Wildbeach out on the Science Beach to us all in the Discovery Bay marquee, up to the rafters of Dinosaur Isle and out to the Willow Walk, there’ll be free, hands-on ways to discover, explore, create and wonder…#Nature, #naturalscience, #wildlife and all in the public realm!

Joining Hullabaloo and the Discovery Bay team for Hullabaloo 2018 are….
Science Museum, @Wonderstruck, Arc Consulting, Artecology Ltd, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust The National Poo Museum and @WildheartTrust, Royal Society of Biology, the Royal College of Pathology and Biology Big Top, Lizzie's Forest School, the Human Library, Wild About Wight (@naturalwight), @iwwatchwildlife, DowntotheCoast IW Isle of Wight AONB Partnership Bird Aware Solent Timetaxi C.I.C & Archaeology Discovery Centre, BIAZA, The Maker's Guild and loads more. And it's half-price entry to Dinosaur Isle too.

Make sure to explore wherever you see the Discovery Bay banner and don't forget that's from the Reed Beds and meadows to the Dinosaur Isle's Education Room (free entry for this bit!).

There's even more arts and creativity for the weekend and that's before we get to the #SoapBox Challenge - for the full event calendar, visit Hullabaloo 2018! See you there...

Shademakers UK Shaping The Bay Arc Consulting Artecology Ltd OnTheWight site link Visit Isle of Wight Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries DowntotheCoast IW Arts Council England
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Come and join us all for Discovery Bay at Hullabaloo! Fizzing with life! All sorts of ways to discover nature, science and natural art in Sandown Bay...Discovery Bay will be fizzing with life at Hullabaloo !! There will be microscopes, bughunting, birdwatching, pond dipping, the pop-up museum, the Biology Big Top, and a world of natural science wonderment !! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

Change of Plan!

In news just in, the Wildlife Trust need us to go SuperGreen at Knighton Down next week as ragworts run riot and they need back-up!

So that's Knighton not Arreton Down, Tuesday 15th May! Message us here or email Claire@vectishousing.co.uk if you'd like to come along!

#GreenArmyIsleofWight #Supergreen!
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