our life support system
Our physical environment – air, water, soil and rocks – supports all life and we draw pleasure from these natural elements of our surroundings.
The Island has long been considered a classic area for the study of earth sciences and the importance of the Island’s geological heritage is recognised by the extensive network of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) which protect this unique inheritance. It is a dynamic and finite system. Plants renew the balance of the atmosphere and our coast changes under the influence of weather and the sea. Human activity modifies the environment, and issues such as sea level rise and climate change need to be addressed. Systems which work with nature are being promoted as long-term environmental solutions to issues such as soil erosion, flood defence and coastal protection.
Catchment Sensitive Farming
The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is working in partnership with the Environment Agency and Natural England to deliver the Catchment Sensitive Farming Project on the Isle of Wight. This project aims to provide well informed advice and guidance to farmers and landowners on all aspects of catchment sensitive farming. The project officer will also provide assistance with applications for grant funding to protect water resources, address diffuse and point source pollution and enhance wetland habitats. For FREE help and advice on protecting soil, water and wildlife contact us on 01983 533180 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with nature to protect important geology
To slow down erosion, and at the same time protect unique peat and clay deposits dating from the Ice Age, the beach alongside the Bembridge Coast Hotel is being replenished with local gravel. The resulting shingle bank acts as a barrier to the waves, reducing their effect on the cliffs behind.
Grants to encourage landowners to plant more trees
The Forestry Commission’s JIGSAW (Joining and Increasing Grants for Semi-natural Ancient Woodlands) Scheme which was launched in 2000, has enabled over 200 hectares of new woodland to be planted for the benefit of wildlife and brought over £800,000 to Island businesses and landowners. These connections will act as corridors to allow wildlife to spread. With the help of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and other partners, farmers and landowners have been encouraged to take up the scheme.
Improving the environment and reducing flood risk
Concrete channels have been removed from the confluence of the Lukely Brook and Gunville stream at Towngate in Newport and the former pond has been re-instated as part of an Environment Agency scheme. Sculptures and seating have been installed by Island 2000 Trust and wild flower planting has taken place. It is an attractive place for wildlife and people in the heart of the town as well as providing flood storage capacity in times of heavy rainfall.