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Free Event – Go Wild on the Duver – Isle of Wight BIOBLITZ 2015

10am – 4pm, Thursday 28th May, St Helen’s Duver, St Helens

Do you care about wildlife and nature? If so, there will be a perfect opportunity this half term for nature lovers of all ages to turn wildlife detective. Come and help experts from the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and the National Trust track down and record wildlife around the woods, beaches and shoreline of St Helen’s Duver.

Go Wild on the Duver is a free family event looking at the Island’s wildlife both during the day and at night. The Isle of Wight Bioblitz is organised by the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership in co-operation with the Biodiversity Action Plan Partnership (BAP) and the National Trust.

The aim of the Go wild on the Duver Bioblitz is to record as many species as possible on St Helen’s Duver. This year there will be the chance to search sandy beaches, rock pools, sand dunes, and coastal woods for birds, plants and insects like little egrets, thrift, mining bees, sea anemones, shrimps and blennies.

St Helen’s Duver will be buzzing with great wildlife activities taking place throughout the day including: art activities, wildflower and wildlife walks, bug hunts, moth trapping, bird ringing as well as numerous other activities for the public between 10am and 4pm. There will even be on expert led bat spotting expedition during the evening.

No experience is needed and people of all ages are welcome to come along and help the experts look for the plants and animals that make this area so special.

Children will also have the change to tick off some activities in the National Trust’s ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ Challenge’, such as finding crazy creatures in a rock pool and catching a crab.

The National Trust’s Head Ranger Robin Lang, says: “We know that people care passionately about nature and wildlife – TV programmes like Countryfile, Spring and Autumn Watch are proof that more people than ever before are interested in the natural environment. In order to protect the precious coastal wildlife that we have on the Island, we need to update our records on every different species, and we’d love as many people as possible to help us. Nature and wildlife lovers of all ages are welcome.”

2015 is a special year for the National Trust on the Island. It is 50 years since the Trust launched Neptune, a national campaign to save some of the country’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. As a result the campaign saved 775 miles of coastline which will now be protected forever, including 17 miles of the finest coastline on the Island including the Tennyson Down, Compton and Brook Bay. This year, the Trust on the Island is holding a wide programme of event and activities to celebrate the Coast

For the latest event updates and activities timetable visit: http://wightaonb.org.uk/events/go-wild-on-the-duver-a-free-family-day-wildlife-event/

Or watch our short teaser video about this year’s Bioblitz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUXLuT27MVw


Notes for editors

For further information, photos or logos please contact Joel Bateman (AONB Communication and Project Officer) 01983 823855 (joel.bateman@iow.gov.uk).

The Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of the finest landscapes in the country.  It was designated in 1963 and covers approximately half of the Island (191 km2).  The Isle of Wight AONB incorporates a rich variety of distinctive landscapes and is often likened to lowland England in miniature. The purpose of designation is the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty. More information – call 01983 823855 or visit www.wightaonb.org.uk

The Isle of Wight AONB Partnership oversees the management of the AONB.  It is an independent organisation made up of key stakeholders with a direct management role or interest in the AONB.  This is jointly funded by DEFRA and the Isle of Wight Council.


Start your 50 things challenge on the Island this May half-term Launch weekend 24/25 May

There’s nothing quite like fresh air, exercise and being outdoors together as a family to create memories that will last lifetime.  But a recent report into childhood in Britain today revealed that time spent by children playing outdoors has halved in a generation.

The National Trust responded by launching its ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ challenge, a list of 50 adventures designed to encourage children to play outdoors and enjoy all the simple pleasures that Mother Nature has to offer.

This year the National Trust on the Isle of Wight launches its 50 things challenge for 2015 with a whole week of activities during the May half-term at different locations around the Island, starting at Mottistone Gardens on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 May.

Each day throughout the week different activities are on offer at National Trust places, making the most of the natural surroundings, from den-building and geocaching at Mottistone Gardens, making and flying your own kite at The Needles Old Battery and catching a crab and skimming a stone at some of the best beaches on the Island.

“The Island is one big adventure playground for children and many of the best things to do are the simplest, like climbing a tree, hunting for bugs and jumping over waves,” says National Trust ranger Robin Lang.  “Sometimes children need a bit of encouragement to get them started, which is where the 50 things challenge comes in.”

You can pick up a scrapbook at National Trust places, register online (www.fiftythings.org.uk) for more rewards and ideas, and download a wall planner from the National Trust website, showing which places on the Island are best for 39 of the 50 things challenge.

2015 is a special year for the National Trust on the Island.  “It’s 50 years since we launched Neptune, a national campaign to save some of the country’s most beautiful stretches of coastline“ says General Manager Tony Tutton.  “The campaign saved 775 miles of coastline which will now be protected forever, including 17 miles of the finest coastline on the Island such as Tennyson Down, Compton and Brook Bay and Bembridge and Culver Downs.”

This year is also the 50th anniversary of Mottistone Gardens coming to the National Trust, so visitors can also look around the Manor on Sunday 24 May (NT members only) and Monday 25 May.

To celebrate the National Trust’s special year on the Island, the Needles Old Battery will be open for free on 12July, and there is a unique opportunity to spend a night under the stars camping at Newtown Nature Reserve on Saturday 18July.  Booking essential.

There are so many places to see and things to do with the National Trust on the Isle of Wight this summer, starting with May half-term

National Trust’s 50 things May half-term programme

Mottistone Gardens: 50 Things launch

Sun 24 & Mon 25 May 10.30am-4pm

Pick up a scrapbook and start your 50 things challenge here.  Adults can join in too! Make a trail with sticks, build a den, find a geocache, plant it, grow it, eat it.

Normal admission charges apply. NT members free.

Bembridge Windmill: Bugs & insects ID Trail

Sat 23 May-Sun 31 May 10.30am-4.30pm

Make the most of your visit to the windmill and learn about bugs and insects with our free

family ID trail.  Tracker packs available.

Normal admission charges apply. NT members free.

The Needles Old Battery: Let’s go fly a kite

Tues 26 May – Fri 29 May 11am-3pm

It’s nearly always windy at the Old Battery, so it’s the perfect place to make your own kite and fly it. Kite kits £1.50 each.

Normal admission charges apply. NT members free.

Compton beach: 50 things by the sea

Tues 26 May 11am-1pm & 2-3.30pm

Outdoor nature activities for children by the sea. Check out crazy creatures in a rock pool, catch a crab, skim a stone, jump over waves and hunt for fossils and bones

Newtown Nature Reserve: 50 things by the sea

Wed 27 May 11am-1pm & 2-3.30pm

Outdoor nature activities for the children by the sea. Make a mud pie, catch a crab and go bird watching.

St Helens Duver: BioBlitz

Thurs 28 May, 10am –4pm

Together with Isle of Wight AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the National Trust is holding an exciting Bioblitz to record coastal wildlife on the shore and beaches around St Helen’s Duver. You are invited to help and join in with the fun. All discoveries will be recorded and then submitted to the local wildlife record centre to help understand how wildlife along the coast is changing and how best to protect it.

For more information call the National Trust Isle of Wight office on 01983 741020

St Catherine’s Point: 50 things by the sea

Fri 29 May 11am-1pm & 2-3.30pm

Outdoor nature activities for the children by the sea. Catch a crab, skim a stone, hunt for fossils and bones and go bird watching

For further information and booking please call the National Trust estate office at Mottistone on 01983 741020



Press contacts:                       Joanna Crosse

Regional communications consultant


Tel:  07766 206050

Kathryn Wilson

Isle of Wight estate office


Tel:   01983 741020



Notes to editors


You are welcome to send a photographer to the 50 things launch at Mottistone Gardens on 24 or 25 May, 10.30am-4pm.



You can download a selection of images via this link:



Please credit any that you use – © National Trust Images


Isle of Wight, Sunday 19th October: 10 of the world’s best ice climbers took on the challenge of ascending sheer cliffs of chalk – one of the most difficult materials to climb – as the first ever Red Bull White Cliffs competition came to the Isle of Wight last weekend.

Overlooking the iconic Needles rocks on the Isle of Wight, the 115m overhanging cliff at Scratchell’s Bay pushed the climbers to their limits, really testing their skills ahead of the winter climbing season. The UK is the only place where chalk cliffs can be climbed and the unique competition format and environment challenged their stamina, endurance and skills in a complete new way.

Climber Gordon McArthur said of the location: “It’s wild. Every aspect of this climb and this venue is completely different and unknown, which makes it very exciting. I’ve never climbed anything like this before, with crashing waves right behind you. We’re used to climbing on limestone, but on chalk you are more on the edge of whether your tools will hold.”

Typically a World Cup ice climbing course is held over 15-25m pitches, but the Red Bull White Cliffs format challenged the climbers to ascend the full 115m cliff face as fast as they could.

Russia’s Aleksei Tomilov took first place ascending the cliff face in just 16 minutes 46 seconds. Jeff Mercier of France was second with a time of 19 minutes and 8 seconds and USA’s Will Mayo took third place in 21 minutes and 40 seconds.

As the person responsible for attracting and growing major events on the Island, Katie Jones of VIOW said: “We were delighted to have been a part of bringing this exciting, world-class event to the Isle of Wight.

“This spectacular competition highlights the Island’s position as one of the UK’s premier locations for outdoor adventure activities – and a place that is able to support and host unique and one-off global events.

“Our thanks to The Needles Park and The National Trust and all transport providers for making this happen, especially Wightlink who’s close proximity to The Needles made it even easier.”

Scratchell’s Bay is a bay on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight, England just to the south east of The Needles. The bay is best viewed from either the lookout point near the rocket launching facility or the Needles Old Battery National Trust property on the cliff top.

For more information about the Island’s exciting range of outdoor and adventure sports, including paragliding, mountain boarding, powerbiking, kitesurfing and climbing, go to http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/things-to-do/outdoor-and-adventure-activities


For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Notes to editors:

Further still and moving images of the event can be downloaded at www.redbullcontentpool.com

1st Aleksei Tomilov (Russia) – 16.46
2nd Jeff Mericer (France) – 19.08
3rd Will Mayo (USA) – 21.40
4th Israel Blanco (Spain) – 23.08
5th Calum Muskett (UK) – 23.57
6th Dennis Van Hoek (The Netherlands) – 26.25
7th Markus Bendler (Austria)- 26.28
8th Gordon McArthur (Canada) – 27.16
9th Greg Boswell (UK) – 27.26
10th Yves Heuberger (Switzerland) – 32.30
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