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.

Monitoring macroinvertebrates and diatom populations in East Stoke, Dorset

As part of a long term, collaborative research project between BU and the FBA, PhD researcher Tadhg Carrol and BU research assistant Jack Dazley have been assisting freshwater biologist John Davy-Bowker in sampling two rivers in East Stoke, Dorset for aquatic macroinvertebrates (such as insect larvae, aquatic worms and water beetles) and diatoms (microscopic plants with a glass-like ‘shell’). The research aims to understand how environmental changes, such as increased temperature and altered riverbed composition, affect the abundance and species diversity of these groups.

Samples were collected from 5 sites at each river – the Frome and the Piddle, where a square sampling area 10m wide was set up from each bank. Macroinvertebrates were collected using the kick sampling method (pictured), whereby the person sampling would rigorously kick the river bed, exposing mud and stones, and with them the invertebrates, which flow into the net. Environmental measurements were also taken, and included width and depth of the site, percentage cover of each species of aquatic plant, and substrate composition of the riverbed (i.e. what types of rocks/stones are present). Once collected, the samples were preserved to allow identification at a later date.

Diatoms were also collected from each site, and were done so by collecting 5 large stones (one from each corner of the site and one from the centre) which had clearly visible signs of algae growing on them, such as green mats on the surface. Using a toothbrush, a section of the green mat was scrubbed off into a plastic tray to collect the diatoms, and to work out the abundance the scrubbed area was traced onto acetate. The diatoms were preserved to be analysed at the lab.

Alongside collecting macroinvertebrates and diatoms, careful note was taken in the Piddle upon the capture and rerelease of protected species, including bullhead fish and white clawed crayfish. These native crayfish are particularly monitored as they are susceptible to diseases carried by the non-native signal crayfish. Infact, the Piddle is thought to be one of the only sites in Dorset where the white clawed crayfish is relatively abundant.

This project is incredibly important to understanding the future of river communities from a bottom up perspective – diatoms and macroinvertebrates form the basis of the food chain in river ecosystems, and so support larger freshwater organisms such as fish and birds.

Hengistbury Head Ecological Enhancement Project

Bournemouth University PhD researcher Alice Hall from the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (SciTech) launched a ‘Hengistbury Head Ecological Enhancement project’ last month (January 2018). In order to improve the marine life on the groynes at Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth University in connection with Hengistbury Head Visitors centre are creating artificial rockpools on the rock groynes at Hengistbury Head. The year 4 school children from St. Katharine’s Primary School, Southbourne have helped design the features which will be used to create the artificial rock pools. Once the rockpools are installed the general public and school children will have the opportunity to monitor the pools and help us monitor the marine life which comes to live in the pools.

The aims of this project are:

  1. To engage people with marine life associated with artificial structures and to increase the frequency of visitor interactions.
  2. To educate primary school children on the marine life associated with artificial structures and ways to enhance the ecology on the structures

Artificial rockpool construction at Hengistbury Head: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3D model designs created by students from St. Katharine’s Primary School:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information contact Alice Hall on: ahall@bournemouth.ac.uk

Plastic Parsnip Peril at Sainsbury’s and Tesco

Both Sainsbury’s (Wareham store) and Tesco (Fleetsbridge store) are charging people more for not having their veg wrapped in single-use plastic bags, as seen in the photo. Recent research has shown that Britain’s leading supermarkets create more than 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waster every year. Top supermarket chains have to declare the amount of plastic packaging they sell to consumers and whether they would commit to a plastic free aisle in their stores.

People are becoming increasingly aware of how plastic is endangering life on our planet, both on the land and in the sea. Soon there will be more plastic than life in the sea. A National Awareness day is part of the answer; a day on which all anti-plastic in the sea organisations could come together to maximise awareness. Sign the petition now to show your support to reduce plastics!: Introduce a national awareness day specifically against plastic in our seas.