Fridays for Future and the business of biodiversity

20 September 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

Fridays for Future… Climate crisis and biodiversity loss is finally going global. Whether or not we are personally interested in the environment doesn’t matter, we are ALL in it and part of it and are affected by it. People are nature, simple. Find out about it, make informed decisions and recognise that it’s no longer business as usual.

Under The Pier 2019 update… Sunshine & Sea Scorpions

10 September 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

Our Isle of Wight’s end of summer bring-your-own-bucket celebration of people, place and nature, Under The Pier in Ryde was a packed and happy, species-rich spectacle last week with around 600 visitors on board with dozens of species discovered!

Rewilding’s blooming brilliant in Sandown Bay!

27 June 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

The Lost Duver project’s really coming alive now with colour and buzz along Culver Parade, in Sandown Bay and we’ve been snapping pictures recently of this coastal flora restoration. Our not-for-profit co-organisation The Common Space curates this experimental combination of planting coastal wildflowers, tiny bit of guerilla gardening with simple cornfield annuals mix, and very

And there’s more…

31 January 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

Another boost for Sandown Bay! We’re delighted to announce that our not-for-profit co-organisation The Common Space has been awarded Coastal Revival Funding for the Ice Cream & Science project at Browns in Sandown. This funding will help to support efforts to conserve and enhance this area as the top spot it’s become for exploration of

Men in Pavilions

12 December 2018
BY:
Claire Hector
Catching up with Men in Sheds… The Common Space-funded & Age UK project putting the power back in the PLUTO Pavilion.

Bohemia Bog… back from the brink

19 November 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

A quick thank you and an update on how this rare and exceptional transition mire on the Isle of Wight is coming back to life now and for the future, thanks to a combined local effort.

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

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!