Stuck at home?

If you're stuck at home there are still lots of ways to get #CloserToNature, learn about our wonderful Manx wildlife and some great activities to do to pass the time.

Manx Nature magazine Spring/Summer 2020 front coverThe coronavirus pandemic has caused challenges for all of us and we hope you are keeping safe and well. We decided not to print our member's magazine 'Manx Nature' for the Spring/Summer 2020 edition as we believe that packing and delivery of the magazines would have put both volunteers and member's at risk. We have therefore produced the magazine as a digital version which you can download here:
Manx Nature Spring Summer 2020

 

We are grateful to our Wildlife Watch events supporter, Lloyds Bank, who have made some of these resources possible. 


Our Education Officer, Dawn, spent her daily excercise allowance walking on the beach, here are some of the things she found:

You can find the beach picture that Dawn shows in her video here.

On Dawn's next video she explores all the fun facts about feathers:

You can find the bird detective leaflet in the linked files at the bottom of this page. The answers to the quiz are there too but don't look until you've had a go at answering them yourself.

Mires and Volunteering Officer, Sarah, has been out to the woods and beach with her two girls, Evie and Rosie, here is what they found:

Next, Dawn headed into the garden to look for minibeasts in the leaf litter. She's managed to bring these tiny invertebrates to life using her digital microscope:

What's living inside out trees? This week Dawn talks about oak galls (including how to use them to make ink) and holly leaf miners. She uses her digital microscope to examine just what happened to the leaf eating parasites in her holly bush leaves:

Meanwhile, our Communications Coordinator, Rachael, also looks after a herd of rare breed sheep. She takes us with her as she feeds them and also shows how their fleece is turned into the wool that we wear:

Discover the interesting world of slimy minibeasts with this video about slugs and snails from Dawn. They're easy to find in most gardens but there's more to them than you might think: 

Sarah Hickey, our Mires and Volunteering Officer, has been out with her two girls, Evie and Rosie, again. This time they went to the coast and this is what they found:

Biodiversity and Education Officer, Dawn, took another trip down to the beach, this time to look at seaweed. She takes some home to study in more detail under the microscope and even cooks some:

This week Dawn, our Biodiversity and Education Officer, takes a look at stone walls in a glen to see what plants and other life can be found there. Under the microscope she looks at liver wort and tardigrades, also known as water bears. Finally, she shows us how to make wild garlic scones - mmm tasty!

Ponds are extremely important for wildlife and host a diverse range of species. Dawn takes us to Ballaugh Ponds for a dip (with a pond net) and has a look at a few of the species she finds under the microscope. Look at Pond Dipping, Pond Net and Pond Wildlife Detective for more information around this activity:

As part of Manx Wildlife Week, which was planned for this week, our CEO, Leigh, had hoped to do a talk on his two years living and working on St Helena. Although we couldn't have the talk we were instead able to film it and make it available to view here. It covers a range of subjects from whalesharks to horticultural restoration and Leigh also looks at some of the similarities with the Isle of Man:

Next, Education and Biodiversity Officer, Dawn, has taken another trip down to Ramsey Beach, this time to look at sea anemones. For a simple organism there's actually a lot of interesting facts to learn about them. There's even an appearance from a hermit crab with a very interesting anemone friend. Remember to be careful if you go rockpooling for them yourself as some of them can sting. There's a sea anemone spotting sheet to help you identify them here:

Sarah, our Myres and Volunteering Officer, went up on the hills near our Dalby Mountain nature reserve, doing surveys on the peat.

She talks us through what is happening in our bog habitats at this time of the year and shows us how she surveys the peat:

The Laxey and Dhoon hub school adapted the poem ' The sound Collector' By Rodger McGough!

They realised that, through lockdown, lots of common outdoor sounds were missing - but not the sounds of nature!

'But we, the wondrous Manxies,
Continue hearing the sounds,
Bees buzz and crickets chirp,
And tuneful birdsongs abound.'

The poem has been read by the children themselves and we've added some #ManxNature photos, some of which are from our photo competitions, so have a skeet:

This week Education and Biodiversity Officer, Dawn, took a walk around our Close Sartfield reserve to examine flowers and explains just why they go to so much effort to attract insects. She also finds some orchids and explains how to recognise the subtle differences between two of the more common ones. You cna find the activity sheets to go with this video here: Orchid colouring in,
Orchid mirror colouring sheet and Design a flower.

If you're inspired by any of our videos check out our other fun activity guides and spotting sheets which you can download for free at the bottom of this page. Why not share your pics and videos on our social media pages using the hashtag #CloserToNature so everyone can enjoy the widlife in your garden? Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you do go out, remember to socially distance and always think about your own safety.

Our downloadable sheets include activities, video related support sheets and easy spotting sheet guides

Activity sheets to explore and help nature
ww-activity-animal-tracks-signs.jpg
ww-activity-atracting-moths.jpg
ww-activity-bat-box.jpg
ww-activity-bee-butterfly-garden.jpg
ww-activity-bird-feeder.jpg
ww-activity-bird-windows.jpg
ww-activity-bottle_basking_shark.jpg
ww-activity-bug-hotel.jpg
ww-activity-bumble-bee-nest.jp
ww-activity-compost.jpg
ww-activity-edible-pond.jpg
ww-activity-footprint-trap.jpg
ww-activity-garden_bird_hide.jpg
ww-activity-grow-an-oak-tree.jpg
ww-activity-grow-vegetables.jpg
ww-activity-hibernaculum.jpg
ww-activity-hidey-holes.jpg
ww-activity-ice_decorations.jpg
ww-activity-insect-hotel.jpg
ww-activity-mark-and-recapture-snails.jpg
ww-activity-mini-garden-meadow.jpg
ww-activity-mini-nature-reserve.jpg
ww-activity-moth-trap-torch.jpg
ww-activity-moth-trap-wine-ropes.jpg
ww-activity-my-street-tree.jpg
ww-activity-nest-box.jpg
ww-activity-plaster-casting.jpg
ww-activity-pond-dipping.jpg
ww-activity-pond-net.jpg
ww-activity-pooter.jpg
ww-activity-raft.jpg
ww-activity-salt-dough-creatures.jpg
ww-activity-seed-bombs.jpg
ww-activity-small-mammal-tunnel.jpg
ww-activity-survival-shelter.jpg
ww-activity-tumble-trap.jpg
ww-activity-wildlife_footprint_trap.jpg
ww-activity-wind_vane.jpg
ww-activity-winter-bird-bath.jpg
ww-activity-wormery.jpg
build_a_birds_nest.jpg
butterfly_painting.jpg
decorate_a_tree.jpg
how_to_dissect_owl_pellets.jpg
how_to_feed_ground_feeding_birds.jpg
how_to_make_a_wildlife_pond.jpg
how_to_make_natural_dyes.jpg
how_to_make_nettle_soup.jpg
how_to_make_nettle_string.jpg
how_to_make_wild_blackberry_crumble.jpg
leave_your_garden_wild.jpg
make_a_butterfly_feeding_table.jpg
make_a_hedgehog_home.jpg
make_an_egg_carton_crab.jpg
make_your_own_binoculars.jpg
make_your_own_dandelion_tea.jpg
mix_a_wild_cocktail_or_mocktail.jpg
natural_musical_objects.jpg
start_a_nature_table.jpg

Activity sheets relevant to Dawn's videos
bird_detective_leaflet.pdf
answers_to_feather_quiz.pdf
feather_challenges.pdf
spring_flower_spotter_for_mwt.pdf
hoverflies_using_lagoons.pdf
stone_wall_spotter_for_mwt.pdf

Tardigrades_fact_sheet.pdf
Cheese_and_wild_garlic_scones.pdf
S
ea anemone spotting sheet
Orchid colouring in
Orchid mirror colouring sheet
Design a flower

Picture based spotting guides ideal for taking on walks!

Local sites
sandy_beach_spotter.pdf
poyll_dooey_woodland_spotting.pdf
mooragh_lake_spotting.pdf
ramsey_beach_spotting.pdf
sand_dunes_mooragh.pdf

Birds
farmland_bird_detective.pdf
male_and_female_birds.pdf
crows_and_other_black_birds.pdf
seabird_spotter.pdf
urban_bird_detective.pdf
garden_bird_detective.pdf
finch_detective.pdf
goose_and_swan_detective.pdf
warbler_detective.pdf
winter_bird_spotter.pdf
river_bird_spotter.pdf
baby_bird_detective.pdf
duck_detective.pdf
bird_of_prey_detective.pdf
winter_wader_detective.pdf
summer_wader_spotter.pdf

Animals
meat-eating_animals.pdf
rodents_on_the_iom.pdf
baby_animals_spotter.pdf
grazing_mammal_spotter.pdf
amphibian_detective.pdf
cold_blood_detective.pdf

Themed
festive_wildlife_detective.pdf
wild_picnic_spotter.pdf
winter_garden_wildlife.pdf
spring_tree_id.pdf
signs_of_spring_spotter.pdf
black_and_white_wildlife_spotter.pdf
christmas_card_wildlife.pdf
nibbler_spotter.pdf
spring_nature_treasure_hunt.pdf
after_dark_spotter.pdf
spiky_wildlife_detective.pdf

Plants & Fungus
yellow_springtime_flowers.pdf
night-scented_plants.pdf
orchid_detective.pdf
wild_fruit_detective.pdf
winter_nuts_and_berries.pdf
autumn_tree_and_leaf_detective.pdf
spring_flowers.pdf
conifer_woodland_wildlife.pdf
summer_flowers.pdf
fungi_detective.pdf
nut_detective.pdf

Habitat Based
wetland_wildlife.pdf
meadow_wildlife.pdf
estuary_wildlife.pdf
woodland_wildlife_in_summer.pdf
autumn_wildlife_detective.pdf
urban_wildlife_detective.pdf
hedgerow_wildlife_detective.pdf
woodland_wildlife_in_winter.pdf
upland_wildlife.pdf

Marine
rockpool_detective.pdf
jelly_detective.pdf
marine_animal_spotter.pdf
shoreline_detective.pdf
coastal_wildlife_spotter.pdf


Insects and minibeasts
minibeast_detective.pdf
dragons_and_damsels.pdf
ladybird_detective.pdf
snail_detective.pdf
beetle_detective.pdf
spider_spotter.pdf
bee_detective.pdf
country_butterfly_spotter.pdf
gall_spotter.pdf
butterfly_detective.pdf
moth_spotter.pdf
night_time_moth_detective.pdf
caterpillar_detective.pdf
hawkmoth_detective.pdf
shieldbug_spotter.pdf 

Freshwater
freshwater_fish_detective.pdf
pond_wildlife_detective.pdf
 

Downloads

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natural_musical_objects.jpg2.02 MB
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mooragh_lake_spotting.pdf142.03 KB
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male_and_female_birds.pdf1.22 MB
festive_wildlife_detective.pdf1.35 MB
crows_and_other_black_birds.pdf1.47 MB
yellow_springtime_flowers.pdf1.48 MB
wild_picnic_spotter.pdf1.52 MB
wetland_wildlife.pdf1.62 MB
meadow_wildlife.pdf1.69 MB
rockpool_detective.pdf1.82 MB
minibeast_detective.pdf1.84 MB
night-scented_plants.pdf2.04 MB
jelly_detective.pdf2.27 MB
seabird_spotter.pdf2.29 MB
marine_animal_spotter.pdf2.31 MB
urban_bird_detective.pdf2.46 MB
spring_tree_id.pdf2.68 MB
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garden_bird_detective.pdf2.78 MB
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finch_detective.pdf2.78 MB
orchid_detective.pdf2.85 MB
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dragons_and_damsels.pdf3.21 MB
goose_and_swan_detective.pdf3.34 MB
urban_wildlife_detective.pdf3.38 MB
ladybird_detective.pdf3.76 MB
summer_wader_spotter.pdf3.77 MB
snail_detective.pdf4.28 MB
beetle_detective.pdf4.32 MB
spider_spotter.pdf4.78 MB
wild_fruit_detective.pdf5.04 MB
shoreline_detective.pdf5.04 MB
bee_detective.pdf5.27 MB
rodents_on_the_iom.pdf5.29 MB
winter_nuts_and_berries.pdf5.34 MB
country_butterfly_spotter.pdf5.34 MB
autumn_tree_and_leaf_detective.pdf5.39 MB
warbler_detective.pdf5.9 MB
signs_of_spring_spotter.pdf6.19 MB
grazing_mammal_spotter.pdf7.1 MB
coastal_wildlife_spotter.pdf7.18 MB
gall_spotter.pdf7.75 MB
freshwater_fish_detective.pdf9 MB
spring_flowers.pdf9.6 MB
winter_bird_spotter.pdf9.63 MB
river_bird_spotter.pdf9.7 MB
pond_wildlife_detective.pdf9.81 MB
hedgerow_wildlife_detective.pdf9.95 MB
butterfly_detective.pdf10.15 MB
conifer_woodland_wildlife.pdf10.35 MB
black_and_white_wildlife_spotter.pdf11.01 MB
summer_flowers.pdf11.62 MB
christmas_card_wildlife.pdf12.65 MB
moth_spotter.pdf13.4 MB
baby_bird_detective.pdf14.21 MB
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fungi_detective.pdf15.59 MB
night_time_moth_detective.pdf16.29 MB
amphibian_detective.pdf16.35 MB
spring_nature_treasure_hunt.pdf16.39 MB
duck_detective.pdf16.4 MB
caterpillar_detective.pdf17.23 MB
nibbler_spotter.pdf17.5 MB
hawkmoth_detective.pdf17.5 MB
shieldbug_spotter.pdf22.59 MB
bird_of_prey_detective.pdf22.83 MB
nut_detective.pdf26.27 MB
after_dark_spotter.pdf26.68 MB
upland_wildlife.pdf26.77 MB
baby_animals_spotter.pdf30 MB
winter_wader_detective.pdf32.85 MB
spiky_wildlife_detective.pdf43.63 MB
cold_blood_detective.pdf44.09 MB
tardigrades_fact_sheet.pdf453.89 KB
cheese_and_wild_garlic_scones.pdf342.99 KB
anemone_spotter_for_mwt.pdf1.13 MB
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