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23.08.19 - 25.08.19
Haseley Manor nature reserve, Arreton, Isle of Wight PO30 3AN
Wessex branch

A weekend of bird ringing, dormouse and butterfly monitoring, all at Haseley Manor nature reserve.

Anthony Roberts FRSB has kindly invited local RSB members and guest for a weekend of wildlife monitoring at the nature reserve that he owns near Arreton, on the Isle of Wight. The event will take place from Friday 23rd August to Sunday 25th August.

Haseley Manor is nestled within a 38 acre area that is home to red squirrels, dormice, water vole and badgers to name but a few of the species that can be seen across the site. A mixture of lowland scrub, wild flowers, 52 species of native shrub or trees, ponds and wetland with reed beds and some older trees, this nature reserve has the highest concentration of dormice throughout England. The varied habitat provides an ideal location as a training centre for bird ringing courses of both a number of passerines and hirundines. Find out more about the manor on its website.

The weekend will focus primarily on bird ringing and dormouse monitoring, but through links with the Butterfly Society we also hope to incorporate butterfly and dragonfly monitoring alongside moth trapping too. The practice of trapping, net erection tape luring, whoosh netting, ring removal and fitting will be demonstrated whilst discussing moult and plumage.

Aside from dormouse monitoring, these exercises are weather dependent. In this case of unfortunate poor weather, then estate management for wildlife could be discussed to include waders, ducks, moorhens and net making.


When booking, please select which accommodation you will be opting for over the weekend:
  • Camping - please bring your own equipment, there will be free space to camp at Haseley Manor
  • Communal barn - mattresses provided and the space comprise of a dining area, kitchen and toilet facilities with wash basins.
  • Organising own accommodation

Social activities

There is an optional dinner on the evening of Saturday 24th at the manor. This dinner will cost £15 per person and can be selected and paid for when booking.


The branch are willing to organise cars sharing to and from the event to save on ferry costs. If you are interested in this please add this option when booking, and tick that you are happy for use to share your data with the branch. All other travel arrangements will be shared with attendees in advance of the event.


Booking is now closed for this event.


If you have any event queries please contact the branch treasurer, Martin Taylor at
For any booking or website enquiries contact Ellie Oakley at or on 020 3925 3444.

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