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Great news and well done to all our young @greenarmyisleofwight volunteers for playing a part in this conservation project. Looking forward to taking a close-up look at the species of plants as they start to reappear!Huge thanks to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and DowntotheCoast IW, and of course digger-maestro, Kevin Smith, for their fantastic restoration work at Bohemia Bog. This little site is one of the richest wetlands on the Island, home to 6 species of sphagnum, sundews, cotton grass, bog asphodel, bog pimpernel, the iconic pale butterwort and a host of rare and local invertebrates. With the new clearances, scrapes and hollows, we're hoping that 2019 will be its best year in the last decade! None of this would be possible of course with out the help, encouragement and support of the landowner, Mr. Attrill, and the constant efforts of the wonderful Green Army Isle Of Wight, keeping the faith and holding back the gathering scrub! ... See MoreSee Less

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Just spotted this from a colleague - brilliant, cheap and very simple solutions (even though you're not in Australia!) to support solitary bees right here on the Isle of Wight! ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago  ·  

Quick! Switch on your radio and tune into Vectis Radio right now to find out more about our next Wild About Wight art workshop... @ianwhitmore will be telling us all about Vertical Vistas!

Wild About Wight - Vertical Vistas - Ventnor
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3 days ago  ·  

Our Island Night Skies... from bats to stars and constellations was the theme and inspiration for our latest art workshop, led by @carolineunderwoodarts Caz Underwood and with help from Hannah George - Makings. Caz taught us to use fluorescent paint and paper and then, with the help of UV torches, our whole room turned magically illuminated! Later, we created an impromptu art gallery in an empty barn here at Branstone Farm, Sandown! Wonderful! Thanks to our artists, volunteer helpers and everyone that joined us.

#WildAboutWight Vectis Housing Association, Down to the Coast
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4 days ago  ·  

Loads of great shapes and laughs for the second half of our Night Lights workshop led by artist @cazunderwood and with back-up from @Hannah George makings! Caz used a slow shutter speed app and glow sticks to photograph everyone - each chose their own moves and made their own special effects! See if you can spot yourself in Caz's ace shots! ... See MoreSee Less

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‘Living walls’ should be installed to help most polluted schools, campaigners say
London schools attempting to raise funds for measures to protect children from toxic air pollution
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5 days ago  ·  

Green Army - Tuesday 13th November!

We're working on Arreton Down next week with Tony Gillingham, Reserves Officer at the Wildlife Trust. We’ll be lopping and chopping scrub… it's prickly, hilly, proper conservation style stuff all with these amazing views (okay, if it's not foggy that is!)

10am - 2pm.. kit, lunch, transport provided.

Here’s the link for the location so you can see why it’s a special place!:

www.hiwwt.org.uk/reserves/arreton-down

Drop us a line here or contact Claire Hector on claire@vectishousing.co.uk if you'd like to come along and give conservation work a go.Before pic... Tony shows us the terraces full of scrub that we're tasked with removing.
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2 weeks ago  ·  

Happy #Halloween all! #Spiders, #webs, #ivy, #hedgerow all good ingredients for your garden or #greenspace at any time of year!

Oh and don't forget to leave your pumpkin out for the birds (a bit off the ground to avoid any still-awake hedgehogs).

#makespacefornature #halloween
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2 weeks ago  ·  

Goodness! A year ago today, Wild About Wight began a series of #Nature, #Landscape and Town-Inspired #art workshops with the help of some smashing Island-based artists and Quay Arts. Hundreds of people of all ages have joined us since then, exploring art of all sorts with inspiration in our outdoor studios...rivers, copses and woodlands, beaches, nature trails and reserves, reedbeds and ponds, streets and streetplants, esplanades and architecture from Ryde, to Sandown and Shanklin, Borthwood, Yaverland and soon to cover Branstone and Ventnor too!

We'll be continuing to explore ways to bring art to nature and vice versa right up to and beyond our Wild About Wight exhibition at the Quay next Spring...just in time to celebrate the Island's application to become a #Biosphere, fingers crossed!Wild About Wight’s exciting new arts project in association with Quay Arts, got off to a colourful start today at Sandown Library in The Bay!

Dozens of people, from Sofia and Surrey to Sandown, joined Isle of Wight artists Hannah George, Babs Gowan, Caroline Underwood and Ian Whitmore, as well as the communities team from Vectis Housing, exploring East Wight’s surroundings, both natural and architectural - through a whole range of art processes. Print-making, clay impressions, collage and drawing were literally on the cards as you can see! Everyone’s mini postcard artworks are being collected into specially-made envelopes to create ‘alternative souvenirs’ celebrating what makes East Wight unique. Rare plant and invertebrate species, our marine life and landscapes, even our dinosaurs all featured in print and collage. Meanwhile participants headed out into town to collect clay impressions of street architecture and to create laminates of pressed leaves & wildflowers, helping to create a snapshot of Sandown here and now!

The artists will be running 12 more Wild About Wight workshops in various locations around East Wight from now until March 2019 when the project will culminate in a fantastic art exhibition at Quay Arts, Newport, timed to coincide with the International Year of the Biosphere. The amazing East Wight ‘souvenirs’, ceramic installations and more will be on show! If you’d like to join us, keep an eye out on the Quay Arts website, Facebook pages: Natural Wight & Vectis Housing Association and follow us on Instagram wild_about_wight.

Thanks to everyone who joined us! There are lots of pictures here for you...

Wild About Wight is part of the Down To The Coast programme and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. Today was part-funded by Daisy Rich Trust and run in an association with Quay Arts.

For information or queries, please contact Georgia Newman, Visual Arts Project Manager, Quay Arts, 01983 822490, g.newman@quayarts.org or Claire Hector and Suzie Mundell, Wild About Wight Project Co-ordinators, Wild About Wight, Vectis Housing Association, claire@vectishousing.co.uk.

DowntotheCoast IW Vectis Housing Association Isle of Wight AONB Partnership The Quay Arts
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3 weeks ago  ·  

Off to the wide open spaces of Ningwood Common next Monday 29th October for Green Army - why not join us! (we promise it won't be as muddy this time, honest!).Interested in #nature, #wildlife, #conservation, #ecology, #landscapegardening, #workingoutdoors or #mud!? For anyone aged 16-25, #GreenArmyIsleofWight is a great way to get started. Plus you get free lunch, PPE & transport all sorted for you.

Our next day out is Monday 29th October (10am-2pm) where we'll be working on Ningwood Common nature reserve with The Wildlife Trust... lopping, chopping and hopefully an autumn fire.

Sign up & spread the word!

Contact Claire@vectishousing.co.uk or message us here for more details.

Natural Wight Down to the Coast Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust #wildlife #conservation #volunteering #health #wellbeing #skills #employment #environment #biosphere
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4 weeks ago  ·