Natural Wight’s Easter Pond Pirates a Rip-Roaring Success!

Over 120 people took part in Natural Wight’s Pond Pirates day on Thursday 21st April in Seaclose Park’s Arboretum. Ray and Mark from The Footprint Trust were there to help children discover what creatures of the deep ‘lurked in the murk’ (plenty as it turned out!), Helen Butler from the Squirrel Trust led visitors on the squirrel trail and Donna and Lewis from the Bat Hospital treated everyone to a peek at three of our Island bat species, Serotine, Bechstein and Pipistrelle bats. Over 70 children took part in Natural Wight’s Easter Egg Hunt, finding eggs featuring 16 of the Isle of Wight’s most endangered species, hidden among the Arboretum’s trees.

Natural Wight Project Manager Rachel Jagger-Thomas said ‘It’s been a fantastic turn-out and the children and parents who have had an amazing day learning all about Island creatures above and below water. We chose Seaclose Park as it’s easily accessible on foot and by bus. With such lovely weather, it’s also given people the opportunity to relax in the beautiful surroundings – a chance to appreciate all that nature has to offer even on our doorstep… which is what the Natural Wight Project is all about!’

Natural Wight will be joining in the fun at Riverfest on Saturday May 21st or why not visit one of the Travelling Parks on 31st May (Hookes Way, Newport), 1st June (Nelson Road, Newport) or 2nd June (Preston Close, Ryde)

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Notes to Editor
About Natural Wight
Natural Wight Project has been funded by the Access to Nature Programme. For more information on Medina Housing Association’s Natural Wight project, please contact Rachel Jagger-Thomas, Natural Wight Project Manager or Claire Hector, Natural Wight Project Co-ordinator on 01983 824275,

Access to Nature is run by Natural England and is part of The Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments.
Natural England manages this £28.5 million Lottery-funded programme on behalf of a consortium of twelve national environmental organisations comprising BTCV, British Waterways, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Greenspace, Groundwork UK, Land Restoration Trust, The National Trust, Natural England, RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts and the Woodland Trust.

Through this programme, it is Natural England’s ambition to create opportunities for people from all backgrounds to have greater access to our natural environment and bring a lasting change to their awareness and understanding as well as improved links to the natural world, which many of us can take for granted.
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