The Christmas Garden 2018

31 October 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

Our free community celebration, The Christmas Garden brings light, music and spirit to the Bay’s cliff-top gardens again for 2018, thanks to The Common Space & Ventnor Exchange.

Isle of Wild… Supersizing Sandown Bay for Discovery Bay Biology Week

18 October 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

Island wildlife from past to present, from fossils to live moths and the most microscopic, was supersized into brilliant focus by the Discovery Bay team for National Biology Week… here’s an update on the latest of our science & nature calendar events for 2018.

Shaping the Bay

2 August 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

It’s National Marine Week this week and so perfect timing for the start of the latest Discovery Bay research project which got under way today.  Our two latest work experience students, Christ the King A-level pupils, Lizzie and Alanah met us out on Horse Ledge, Shanklin at low tide early this morning starting with Rockpool

Greening the Grey for the Blue

12 July 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

A set of 5 built intertidal habitat features designed by Artecology and installed at a major ferry terminal are providing new integrated green-grey infrastructure and ecological gains for the marine environment. Wightlink, working with Arc and consulting marine ecologists ABPMer, on their application for upgraded port facilities, were looking for an opportunity to extend habitat

Insects in Action

25 June 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

In celebration of National Insect Week 2018 and to show just how precision-tuned insects are, here’s a film we made earlier… The team here, Arc and Artecology and The Common Space too, work to ensure that built infrastructure and the space in and around it can and does support wildlife/biodiversity. Even the smallest of spaces

Swallows and Damazons!

24 May 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

A spot of punctuated intervention in the public realm and the wildlife’s flying in! Spring update on the Lost Duver meadows.

Discovering the Dawn Chorus

10 May 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

You couldn’t see a hand in front of your face and as you can see, we started off a bit bleary, but the magic was definitely there for our Dawn Chorus Magic walk last week! One by one, as if answering to a roll-call (okay, the nightingales were a no-show), each bird species piped up,

The Common Space secures Arts Council England Award for Sandown Spectacular, Hullabaloo

4 May 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

Great news from our not-for-profit sister organisation, The Common Space…   Sandown Bay’s arts and discovery celebration Hullabaloo is set to be even more spectacular this year thanks to help from The Common Space and a boost in funding from Arts Council England.  Bay-based not-for-profit, The Common Space has been awarded £15,000 to help Hullabaloo

A Walk on the Wetland Side!

31 July 2017
BY:
Claire Hector

Funding awarded to The Common Space for public realm restoration on our doorstep, creating a small but perfect introduction to life in the reed beds!

It’s all about punctuation…

15 May 2017
BY:
Ian Boyd

One of Artecology’s founding ideas is called ‘Punctuated Intervention’, based on an important principle in landscape conservation that we can summarise as the ‘not everything is everywhere’ rule! What this means is that wildlife isn’t evenly distributed in the world around us. The density of biological activity is…

Recycling Bees

25 April 2017
BY:
Sam Buck

A queen bumble bee makes use of an old mouse nest to protect her own brood; these wax cells will hatch her first workforce. Discovered by a landscape gardener while weeding, the nest was returned to a safe place.  

Paper nest boxes!!

7 April 2017
BY:
Sam Buck

Hand-made bird boxes installed this week. These deluxe residences have inbuilt thermal regulation and colonisable external features. These are hand-made units formed from a mix of natural concrete and paper pulp which…….