Friday, February 7, 2014
NATURE NOTESBy far the most interesting time to birdwatch is the winter, when are returning visitors return to us.
Friday, January 3, 2014
NATURE NOTES In late autumn, when deciduous plants are in decline, ivy’s nectar-rich flowers provide sustenance to bees and other insects.
Friday, December 6, 2013
NATURE NOTES ON more than one occasion, I have heard the remark,“IW? I’ve seen that, I had a fortnight’s holiday there”.
Friday, November 1, 2013
NATURE NOTES The IW Natural History and Archaeology Society has been in existence since 1921, although the archaeology section came later, officially in 1929, owing to the presence of Hubert Poole and Gerald Dunning, both pioneers of IW history and archaeology.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
NATURE NOTES HEADON Warren, above Alum Bay, and Ventnor Down, overlooking Luccombe, are splendid this year in the purple of their late summer plant cover.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
NATURE NOTES When we first moved into our house just over 13 years ago, we were told it was called Seaweed Cottage because a previous occupant had sold seaweed.
Friday, July 5, 2013
NATURE NOTES After the late start this year, spring has finally made its appearance.
Friday, June 7, 2013
NATURE NOTES FLEABANE is a rather unattractive name attached to a group of plants from the daisy family.
Friday, May 3, 2013
NATURE NOTES THE landscape with which we are familiar today has probably seen more changes since the end of the last war than at any other time in history.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
NATURE NOTES Signs of spring are hard to find on the Island just now, but we do have primroses, daffodils and even frogspawn to remind us the seasons do move on, even if the weather doesn’t.
Friday, March 1, 2013
NATURE NOTES AS A member of the IW Natural History and Archaeological Society (IWNHAS), one of the events I look forward to is the annual bird report.
Friday, February 8, 2013
NATURE NOTES People often struggle to identify the many members of the umbellifer family (cow parsley, hogweeds, etc) but one of the easiest to spot confidently is the principal yellow-flowered one, commonly called Alexanders.
Friday, December 7, 2012
NATURE NOTES WHY, I wondered, is the inside of the lid of my Dalek-type compost bin thick with earthworms?
Friday, November 2, 2012
NATURE NOTES Driving back and forth along the Military Road this last week, I have been watching the last few swallows flying around and fattening up before setting off for warmer climes.
Friday, October 5, 2012
NATURE NOTES Left to its own devices the interior of deciduous woodland will grow darker and darker over the years.
Friday, August 3, 2012
NATURE NOTES The IWNHAS archaeology section was founded in 1927.
Friday, July 13, 2012
NATURE NOTES Clearly being an Island gives us a head start when it comes to coastal habitats but we are also lucky with the wide variety of different ones on offer here.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
THE TALENT of unpublished Isle of Wight writers was recognised at an awards ceremony at Newport Minster last night (Wednesday).
Friday, June 1, 2012
NATURE NOTESI SPOTTED this fearsome-looking insect in our garden recently, which I quickly discovered was not as alarming as it looked.
Friday, May 4, 2012
NATURE NOTESEveryone knows the cuckoo —or do they?
Certainly it is likely everyone thinks they know what a cuckoo sounds like, but I suspect few people would recognise the bubbling call of a female cuckoo, and they might even be surprised by the less familiar noise of a cuckoo ‘gowking’.