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

Isle of Wight biodiversity pioneers win cross-Channel research work

East Cowes, Isle of Wight - Vertipools Walls for Wildlife at the entrance to the Medina River

The biodiversity pioneers from Sandown will develop and upscale new ways of enhancing and protecting urban coast and estuary ecosystems at test sites in the Solent and on the north coast of France.

Thursday, 30th May, 2019 8:51am

By Claire Hector with 2 readers' comments

Beach, Bugs and Bones celebrates wildlife on Britain’s Best Beach!

The Big Fossil Hunt! (1)

If you missed the recent Beach, Bugs and Bones event in Discovery Bay, don't worry there are more opportunities coming up.

Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 3:56pm

By Claire Hector

Over 200 take part in Isle of Wight’s Sandman Snowman event

The Common Space making the most of winter beaches with Sandman Snowman on the Science Beach in Sandown Bay Pics by The Common Space (10)

The purpose of the sand snowman event is to encourage people to head to the Bay in winter and remind them that it’s an extraordinary place worth exploring.

Friday, 1st February, 2019 4:41pm

By Claire Hector

New equipment to reveal the Isle of Wight’s extraordinary natural world

Island Roads Foundation present cheque to The Common Space and team in Sandown Bay photo

The Micro-Eye is coming all the way from New Zealand and is a very tough bit of kit, designed to be safe and easy for any age and so will be accessible to all of our thousands of visitors.

Friday, 1st February, 2019 12:50pm

By Claire Hector with one comment

Build a snowman on the beach this weekend

sand snowman

Come snow or shine, join the folks from The Common Space on the Science Beach in Sandown on Saturday for this free event to build your very own sandman or woman! Carrots, coal and hot chocolate on tap.

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 8:49am

By Claire Hector

Exploring 100 million years of Sandown Bay wildlife, from ammonites to cuttlefish

discovery bay - ian boyd with children and parents

The Bay science team from Arc, Artecology, The Common Space, Dinosaur Isle and The National Poo Museum will all be at the free event on Sunday 14th October.

Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 9:32am

By Claire Hector

Heritage Open Days celebrated in Sandown from Browns to the Battery

Learning about Palmerston Forts with AONB Culver Cliff beyond

A fantastic weekend was had by all, with volunteers and organisations all chipping in to celebrate Sandown's heritage.

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 9:00am

By Claire Hector

Under the Pier: Marine wildlife event celebrates fifth year under Ryde Pier

Under The Pier - always wet but wonderful

Under the Pier 2018 takes place this year on Sunday 9th September. Bring a net and a bucket and definitely wear waterproofs and wellies!

Friday, 24th August, 2018 11:20am

By Claire Hector

Vote for The Common Space’s Lost Duver project at your local Tesco’s

Vote for The Common Space’s Lost Duver project at your local Tesco store and help revitalise coastal landscape and public greenspace in the Bay area.

Thursday, 3rd November, 2016 11:58am

By Claire Hector

PLUTO Pavilion project on Meridian TV

Tune into Meridian ITV from 6pm tonight to hear Dave Badman talking about the PLUTO Pavilion project.

Wednesday, 2nd November, 2016 3:53pm

By Claire Hector with 9 readers' comments

Learn the fascinating history of the ‘Pipeline under the Ocean’ at free talk

Browns Ice Cream Sandown

This free illustrated evening lecture by local historian and author Tim Wander, will take you back to the dark days of 1944 when the Isle of Wight was essentially a closed military camp with strict travel restrictions and the very present fear of invasion.

Wednesday, 11th May, 2016 8:23am

By Claire Hector with 2 readers' comments