A series of 3 Conservation Talks this Autumn

We’re pleased to invite you to a series of Christmas Conservation Talks offering you updates on important conservation projects happening on our very own Isle of Wight.

Come and enjoy an update on the exciting white-tailed eagle reintroduction project, an introduction to the new Hampshire & Isle of Wight Rewilding Network and a demonstration of handcrafted sculptures designed to build biodiversity.

Join us for a relaxed evening in our café by the sea, which will be offering Christmas treats as well as our usual refreshments, hot drinks and delicious homemade cakes. Each evening will have a different topic, with a talk delivered by one of our conservation partners and a chance to ask questions. We’ll also have a raffle that will help raise to funds for the Sanctuary and for our conservation partners.

We have a limited number of tickets available so please book in advance through our website. Doors will open at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start and an 8pm finish. Access will be to the café only. Parking will be free for all (be sure to give us your car registration on the night if you’re not a member).

22nd November – The Island’s new Rewilding Network

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Rewilding Network is a dedicated network for rewilding and regeneration of land for wildlife in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight. By connecting local rewilders we aim to raise the standard of rewilding through shared learning, access to specialist knowledge and improved ecological monitoring. The network aims to bring together landowners who are rewilding at least 40 hectares of land or sea and encourage positive action for wildlife.

Jamie Marsh (Director of Nature Recovery, Wilder Wight & Wilder Seas) will be joining us to talk about the rewilding network and what it means for the Isle of Wight.

29th November – White-tailed Eagle Reintroduction Project

Steve Egerton-Read (White-Tailed Eagle Project Officer) from Forestry England will talk about the fascinating white-tailed eagle reintroduction, with the project centred on the Isle of Wight. The project started in 2019 and is led in partnership by Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, licensed by NatureScot and Natural England. Steve will cover the ecology of white-tailed eagles, their history in the British Isles and bring us up to speed with the latest from the project.

6th December – Hands to Habitat – The Art of Shaping Better Places

Our final Christmas talk will be given by Nigel George, Director of Artecology, our close Sandown neighbours. Artecology are ecological engineering specialists who craft handmade custom products designed to provide wildlife habitats and build biodiversity.

Nigel will be showing us handcrafted models that have been used across the world to promote regrowth of local ecosystems in some of the most unlikely places.  Find out how these sculptures are helping to rebuild the natural world right here on the Island from the leading light in this field.

Tickets: £5 per person and £2 per member.

Parking is free – please ensure you provide us with your vehicle registration when you arrive.