Members of the IW Natural History and Archaeology Society pursue their hobby.
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.
Nowadays, we number more than 500 members and our interests include archaeology, birds, bats, countryside, botany, geology, moths and butterflies, insects, flora and fauna and a good deal more.
Our programme, which we offer year round, has many walks and talks and great trips out to the mainland.
We are open to all, and have individual, joint and family memberships. Potential new members are welcome to join us on any of our programmed activities, to get a taster of who we are.
In our proceedings, our objectives are described thus: The promotion and advancement of the study of the flora and fauna, geology and archaeology of the county.
The collection of data recordings has always been an important part of our researches, and form an important part of the Island history.
Our recorders are vital members who welcome new recruits and hold recorders’ conferences, which form part of national records.
There is nothing better than to walk out on a sunny morning,with a group of like-minded people (and dogs), over our hills, woods and beaches.
As we are of disparate knowledge, it is great to know from the others, what insects or animals have been there or what flowers are in bloom and who has occupied this place in history.
Helen Slade has written our CP column for quite a while, but the pressure of work and travel has meant she can no longer do this job. So, its time for the society to step in and regale you with our Island adventures. We thank Helen very much for her hard work, and wish her well.
Over the coming months, you will be hearing from some of our well known members and some who may be new to you. We are looking forward for instance, to Bill Shepard’s symposium on Island trees.
The archaeology section is working on its report on the Bronze Age settlement at Binnel Bay, and is currently working on a greensand farms project.
Our countryside team is running monthly walks to amazing parts of the Island, little known to the public, and our botany group is working with the Hampshire and IW Wildlife Trust on several conservation schemes.
For those with interest in birds, we publish the bird report with the IW Ornithology Group, once a year
All this information is available on line on our website iwnhas.org.
Contact us at email@example.com, ring 01983 282596 or write to us at Unit 16, Prospect Business Centre, Cowes, IW, PO31 7AD.