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01.10.21 - 03.10.21
Haseley Manor, Arreton, Isle of Wight
Wessex branch

A weekend on a nature reserve including bird ringing and moth trapping

Anthony Roberts FRSB invites local RSB members for a weekend of wildlife monitoring at the nature reserve that he owns near Arreton, on the Isle of Wight.

Weekend activity

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.

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 possibly 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. There will also be some botany.

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

Travel and accomodation

Anthony can cater for up to about 12 people for this weekend event; both Isle of Wight registered and mainland RSB members are warmly welcomed to register their interest in this exclusive event.

There is ample free space available in order to accommodate people wishing to camp with their accompanying vehicles. Those attending for the weekend may arrive on the Friday for a tour of the Manor house and have the option of extending their visit and staying on afterwards until the Thursday evening, either camping or utilising the barn facilities if people wish to visit Osborne House or other parts of the Island.

Anthony can also provide floor mattresses in a mixed sex communal barn for those people that do not wish to camp or stay at a local B&B or nearby hotel (e.g. Premier Inn). The barn comprises of a dining space, kitchen and toilet facilities with wash basins.

Within several weeks in advance of the event, car sharing from the mainland will be arranged in order to minimise the number of ferry bookings required and thereby reduce any personal costs to those people registered to attend for the weekend.

COVID-19 guidance

The Wessex branch will run this event in line with Government advice and will notify registered guests should the event need to be cancelled due to COVID-19 health and safety guidance.

Location and accessibility

Access to reserve requires walking over rough ground. No hearing loops available.


This event is free to attend, although participants will need to pay for their travel* and food**.

*It may be possible to arrange share transport to reduce costs.
** There may be the opportunity to have a shared evening meal on one night


If you wish to know more, please contact the branch chair, Dr Hilary Otter at

If you would like to be added to the event waiting list or have queries about your booking, please contact Karen Patel at or on 020 3925 3443.

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