Discovery Bay – Biology Week and Earth Sciences Week coming your way!

National Biology Week and Earth Science Week are being celebrated in Sandown Bay this month with the next date in the Discovery Bay calendar!  Hosted by Dinosaur Isle and run by the Bay science team at Arc, Artecology and the National Poo Museum, there’ll be loads of hands-on ways to learn more about wildlife, from the very past to the life on your doorstep, and all for free.

Ian Boyd explains:

‘Sandown Bay is home to an extraordinary natural history, 100 million years of wildlife, from ammonites and iguanodons to cuttlefish and goldeneye.  All of its coastal waters are marine protected areas, the towering sand and chalk cliffs and ancient woodlands are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and its marshes and wetlands are Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation. Add to these accolades the nationally important Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designations that frame its setting and its extraordinarily rich environment, for wildlife and for people… and now all recognised too of course by this year’s brilliant UNESCO Biosphere designation.

We launched Discovery Bay campaign in 2017 to promote and make more accessible this free and year-round resource, for education, recreation, tourism and wellbeing. As our strapline says, Discovery Bay is all about ‘Revealing the lifelong inspiration and extraordinary science in the natural world’.  To make this happen the Discovery Bay team, made up of the people behind local organizations Arc, Artecology, The Common Space and the famous National Poo Museum, have established a calendar of special events, showcasing amazing wildlife in free public places. The year begins with British Science Week in March, followed by Beach Bugs and Bones and Dawn Chorus Magic over the Walking Festival, the 2-day Hullabaloo festival spectacular of arts and science in May, often a midsummer special with the Natural History Society and bringing National Biology Week and Earth Sciences Week to the Bay with Dinosaur Isle in October. Lots of opportunities to find out more about this amazing place!’

Hope you can join us upstairs at the museum on Sunday 13th October. And a very big thanks to Dinosaur Isle and Down to the Coast for their help!

Discovery Bay…. Biology Week & Earth Sciences Week 2019

discovery bay poster with description and dates

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

Sunday 13th October 10.30am til 4.00pm

Become a Bayologist and celebrate National Biology & Earth Sciences Week right here in Sandown Bay with a day stuffed full of life science activities for all ages. Try out our powerful microscopes, sieve for life in the soil, fire up the mighty bug hoover, dip for pondlife and fill up our wildlife aquarium, and marvel at the mole-in-a-jar!

The Bay science team from Arc, Artecology, The Common Space, Dinosaur Isle and The National Poo Museum will all be there to help, and it’s free for all!

Upstairs at the Museum, Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8QA

PS. You’ll still need to buy a ticket to go into the main museum section.