Environmental change on the Isle of Wight: past, present and future

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Description

The recent designation of the Isle of Wight as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is recognition of the quality and magnificent diversity of the Island’s landscape and habitats and is testament to the stewardship of Islanders over millennia.

For 100 years, members of the Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society (IWNHAS) have recorded the wildlife and investigated the geological and archaeological contexts that make this Island so special.

While it is important to reflect on the past, the current ‘climate emergency’ has focused our attention on the present and the future. It is therefore fitting that we celebrate the Centenary of the Society with a conference that enables us to learn, understand and discuss how we can protect the Island’s wildlife and landscape in an era of unprecedented environmental change.

Tickets £12 (inc. lunch and refreshments)

To reduce our environmental impact, the buffet lunch will be meat-free

Conference themes

• Climatic change: past, present and future trends

• Species Invasions: history and horizon scanning

• Land use and landscape

• Habitats and species

Speakers

To help us achieve our conference aims we have invited local speakers and national experts with knowledge of the Island. There will be plenary sessions for open discussion associated with each theme:

1. Prof. Juliet Brodie, Natural History Museum London, National University of Galway

2. Clive Chatters, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

3. Dr Emilie Hardouin, Bournemouth University

4. Prof. Stephen Hawkins, Southampton University, UK Marine Biological Association

5. Prof. Helen Roy MBE, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford

The provisional full programme is available here

Registration

Registration on the day opens at 08:15am with the event starting promptly at 09:00am (please allow yourself enough time to Register).

Field trip

On Sunday 5th April 10:00-15:00, the IWNHAS will lead a mini-BioBlitz in the vicinity of Bembridge Harbour, with the hub based at Brading Haven Yacht Club, Embankment Road, St Helens, PO33 1XQ.

All are welcome.

Individuals and groups will lead excursions 10:00-12:30 to record as many different plant and animal species as possible. There will be summing-up of the days’ finds at 14:00. Sunday lunch may be booked at the club on 01983 872289 and there is a bar available. More details will be added soon.

Submit a poster or exhibition

Posters on the conference theme or more broadly on the natural history of the Isle of Wight are warmly invited. For posters, please download the Abstract submission form here.

Organisations interested in bringing small table-top exhibitions, that promote the conservation and management of the Island’s environment and natural history, should contact The Society on iwatchwildlife@gmail.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION:

There is limited car parking available at The Riverside Centre. If parking at the Centre, you will need to enter your vehicle registration onto the touchscreen in Reception upon arrival.

TRAVELLING TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT:

Wightlink Ferries https://www.wightlink.co.uk/

Red Funnel Ferries https://www.redfunnel.co.uk/en/

Hovertravel https://www.hovertravel.co.uk/

PAY & DISPLAY CAR PARKING IN NEWPORT:

Seaclose Recreation Ground Newport, PO30 2QS- Long Stay 8am to 6pm

Newport Harbour Newport, PO30 2QR – Long Stay 8am to 6pm

County Hall Complex Newport, PO30 1UD – Long Stay 8am to 6pm

Little London Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BW – (if arriving and parking before 8:30am, early bird all day parking tickets are available at £3.00)

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

Island Buses – https://www.islandbuses.info/

Nearest bus stop:

Fairlee Road, Newport – served by the No.5 & 9

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION:

Premier Inn –https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/isle-of-wight/newport/isle-of-wight-newport.html

One Holyrood B&B –https://www.oneholyrood.co.uk/bb-rooms/

Newport Quay Hotel B&B – https://newportquayhotel.co.uk/

Travelodge – https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/338/Newport-Isle-of-Wight-hotel?WT.tsrc=GHA_Organic&utm_campaign=GHA_Newport%2C%20Isle%20of%20Wight&utm_medium=GHA_Organic&utm_source=google

For additional places to stay on the Island please visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/accommodation

OTHER:

Further details on the Conference and BioBlitz will be made available here

Membership details of the Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society are available here

To our environmental impact there is no need to print your ticket for the event and the buffet lunch will be meat-free.

Description

The recent designation of the Isle of Wight as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is recognition of the quality and magnificent diversity of the Island’s landscape and habitats and is testament to the stewardship of Islanders over millennia.

For 100 years, members of the Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society (IWNHAS) have recorded the wildlife and investigated the geological and archaeological contexts that make this Island so special.

While it is important to reflect on the past, the current ‘climate emergency’ has focused our attention on the present and the future. It is therefore fitting that we celebrate the Centenary of the Society with a conference that enables us to learn, understand and discuss how we can protect the Island’s wildlife and landscape in an era of unprecedented environmental change.

Tickets £12 (inc. lunch and refreshments)

To reduce our environmental impact, the buffet lunch will be meat-free

Conference themes

• Climatic change: past, present and future trends

• Species Invasions: history and horizon scanning

• Land use and landscape

• Habitats and species

Speakers

To help us achieve our conference aims we have invited local speakers and national experts with knowledge of the Island. There will be plenary sessions for open discussion associated with each theme:

1. Prof. Juliet Brodie, Natural History Museum London, National University of Galway

2. Clive Chatters, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

3. Dr Emilie Hardouin, Bournemouth University

4. Prof. Stephen Hawkins, Southampton University, UK Marine Biological Association

5. Prof. Helen Roy MBE, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford

The provisional full programme is available here

Registration

Registration on the day opens at 08:15am with the event starting promptly at 09:00am (please allow yourself enough time to Register).

Field trip

On Sunday 5th April 10:00-15:00, the IWNHAS will lead a mini-BioBlitz in the vicinity of Bembridge Harbour, with the hub based at Brading Haven Yacht Club, Embankment Road, St Helens, PO33 1XQ.

All are welcome.

Individuals and groups will lead excursions 10:00-12:30 to record as many different plant and animal species as possible. There will be summing-up of the days’ finds at 14:00. Sunday lunch may be booked at the club on 01983 872289 and there is a bar available. More details will be added soon.

Submit a poster or exhibition

Posters on the conference theme or more broadly on the natural history of the Isle of Wight are warmly invited. For posters, please download the Abstract submission form here.

Organisations interested in bringing small table-top exhibitions, that promote the conservation and management of the Island’s environment and natural history, should contact The Society on iwatchwildlife@gmail.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION:

There is limited car parking available at The Riverside Centre. If parking at the Centre, you will need to enter your vehicle registration onto the touchscreen in Reception upon arrival.

TRAVELLING TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT:

Wightlink Ferries https://www.wightlink.co.uk/

Red Funnel Ferries https://www.redfunnel.co.uk/en/

Hovertravel https://www.hovertravel.co.uk/

PAY & DISPLAY CAR PARKING IN NEWPORT:

Seaclose Recreation Ground Newport, PO30 2QS- Long Stay 8am to 6pm

Newport Harbour Newport, PO30 2QR – Long Stay 8am to 6pm

County Hall Complex Newport, PO30 1UD – Long Stay 8am to 6pm

Little London Sea Street, Newport, PO30 5BW – (if arriving and parking before 8:30am, early bird all day parking tickets are available at £3.00)

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

Island Buses – https://www.islandbuses.info/

Nearest bus stop:

Fairlee Road, Newport – served by the No.5 & 9

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION:

Premier Inn –https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/isle-of-wight/newport/isle-of-wight-newport.html

One Holyrood B&B –https://www.oneholyrood.co.uk/bb-rooms/

Newport Quay Hotel B&B – https://newportquayhotel.co.uk/

Travelodge – https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/338/Newport-Isle-of-Wight-hotel?WT.tsrc=GHA_Organic&utm_campaign=GHA_Newport%2C%20Isle%20of%20Wight&utm_medium=GHA_Organic&utm_source=google

For additional places to stay on the Island please visit https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/accommodation

OTHER:

Further details on the Conference and BioBlitz will be made available here

Membership details of the Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Society are available here

To our environmental impact there is no need to print your ticket for the event and the buffet lunch will be meat-free.