Nature Notes

Why are the jackdaws chatting?

Why are the jackdaws chatting?

Friday, February 7, 2014

NATURE NOTESBy far the most interesting time to birdwatch is the winter, when are returning visitors return to us.

Ivy — a tree strangler or nurturer?

Ivy — a tree strangler or nurturer?

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.

Let nature help shed modern stress

Let nature help shed modern stress

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”.

500 members studying the Island

500 members studying the Island

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.

Downs alive with purple haze

Downs alive with purple haze

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.

Fascinating fronds found on our shores

Fascinating fronds found on our shores

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.

Nature playing catch-up

Nature playing catch-up

Friday, July 5, 2013

NATURE NOTES After the late start this year, spring has finally made its appearance.

Nice plant, shame about the name

Nice plant, shame about the name

Friday, June 7, 2013

NATURE NOTES FLEABANE is a rather unattractive name attached to a group of plants from the daisy family.

Our Island landscape is always evolving

Our Island landscape is always evolving

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.

Chilling reminder of power of the weather

Chilling reminder of power of the weather

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.

Exotic visitors winged into Island during 2011

Exotic visitors winged into Island during 2011

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.

Alexanders the great kitchen find

Alexanders the great kitchen find

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.

Worming way into my affections

Worming way into my affections

Friday, December 7, 2012

NATURE NOTES WHY, I wondered, is the inside of the lid of my Dalek-type compost bin thick with earthworms?

The last swallows of summer

The last swallows of summer

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.

Shedding light on how woodland regenerates

Shedding light on how woodland regenerates

Friday, October 5, 2012

NATURE NOTES Left to its own devices the interior of deciduous woodland will grow darker and darker over the years.

An archaeological adventure

An archaeological adventure

Friday, August 3, 2012

NATURE NOTES The IWNHAS archaeology section was founded in 1927.

Island coastline throws up surprises

Island coastline throws up surprises

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.

Crime pays for Island writers

Thursday, June 28, 2012

THE TALENT of unpublished Isle of Wight writers was recognised at an awards ceremony at Newport Minster last night (Wednesday).

Beetle that’s not as nasty as it looks

Beetle that’s not as nasty as it looks

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.

Cuckoo’s lifestyle almost stranger than fiction

Cuckoo’s lifestyle almost stranger than fiction

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’.

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