Isle of Wight Biosphere

The Isle of Wight received Biosphere reserve status from UNESCO in June 2019.

Below are articles which refer to the Biosphere.

Isle of Wight and Sandown Bay feature in The Guardian’s ‘Where to go on holiday in 2020: the alternative hotlist’

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Sandown Bay and the brilliant work being carried out by The Common Space features prominently in The Guardian's 'Where to go on holiday in 2020: the alternative hotlist'

Sunday, 5th January, 2020 10:30am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Live: Isle of Wight hustings on Biosphere, climate and economy

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If you couldn't make it along to the hustings follow our live reporting from the debate to hear where five of the candidates stand on the Biosphere, climate and the future economy

Monday, 2nd December, 2019 5:04pm

By Sally Perry with 30 readers' comments

Letter: No to proposed 465 houses on historic farmland in Ryde

Stop halt sign:

Cllr Michael Lilley is calling for a moratorium on all large scale planning applications in Ryde until there is a fit-for-purpose road infrastructure plan and a new Island Plan which has realistic housing targets and recognises climate change, farming needs and the Island's status as UNESCO Biosphere reserve

Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 8:50am

By Michael Lilley with 5 readers' comments

Build on Isle of Wight’s remarkable history and architecture say Historic England to the council

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Following a two-day visit to the Island, the Historic Places Panel declared the Isle of Wight faces a number of problems including empty shops, buildings in disrepair and traffic congestion. They make several recommendations to the council.

Monday, 23rd September, 2019 11:44am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Wildflowers on Island verges need protection, says Isle of Wight MP

wildflower verge

The Isle of Wight MP said, “It’s really important that we protect our beautiful wildflowers on the Island. Not only do they enhance the beauty of our Island, but they also provide a vital habitat for wildlife.”

Monday, 9th September, 2019 1:20pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 5 readers' comments

Under the Pier in a Biosphere, where people, wildlife and place come together

People on the beach

Always a great afternoon out, exploring wildlife under the pier in Ryde with ecology and environmental experts. All welcome.

Monday, 19th August, 2019 3:37pm

By Claire Hector

Join in new Wilder Solent campaign as our wildlife hits a crucial tipping point

Intertidal survey at Colwell credit Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

With our wildlife at a crucial tipping point, the Wildlife Trust needs help from local communities to prevent further decline and tip the balance in nature’s favour.

Thursday, 8th August, 2019 5:36pm

By Sophie Evingar

Extinction Rebellion to hold strategy meeting this Sunday – all welcome

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The plan is to discuss strategy, form working groups and consider creating smaller affinity groups. All welcome.

Thursday, 1st August, 2019 4:24pm

By IW Extinction Rebellion with one comment

Isle of Wight council buildings to be powered on 100 per renewable electricity

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Leader of the council said that given a climate emergency has been declared by the IWC, "I think it is important we make changes where and when we can".

Thursday, 1st August, 2019 12:17pm

By IW Council Press Office with 7 readers' comments

After long discussion Isle of Wight councillors vote on climate change motion

extinction rebellion outside county hall for debate

Following the meeting, the spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Green Party said what was most concerning was the poor quality of the debate in the council chamber.

Thursday, 25th July, 2019 9:51am

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

High standard of entries for Wight in Bloom comp

flowers in the garden

Keen gardeners across the Isle of Wight are now waiting for the shortlisted gardens to be announced.

Friday, 12th July, 2019 2:11pm

By Simon Clark with one comment

Isle of Wight Extinction Rebellion plan demo for Saturday

Isle of Wight Extinction Rebellion demo

Climate change campaigners are mobilising in Ryde this coming weekend (6th July) for a further public demonstration of support for action to tackle the Climate Emergency.

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019 11:17am

By IW Extinction Rebellion with 4 readers' comments