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British Science Week 2020 launches across the UK this week and with it, the Isle of Wight’s Discovery Bay calendar gets underway – starting with a celebration of Science Week in Sandown Bay!

Whether you’re visiting or living here, don’t miss the opportunity to explore with the Bay science team’s pop-up laboratories and mini-natural history museum… from fossilized bones to new light shone on everyday wildlife specimens. All free and popping up at Dinosaur Isle.

Ian Boyd, The Common Space and Arc and Artecology team, explains:

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“Sandown Bay is a popular coastal resort, but it’s the Bay’s extraordinary natural history, 100 million years of wildlife, from ammonites and iguanodons to cuttlefish and goldeneye, which stands out as world-class. 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 it’s an extraordinarily rich environment, for wildlife and for people, and a major contribution to our UNESCO Biosphere designation too of course!”

Discovery Bay was launched in 2017 to showcase this free and year-round resource for education, recreation, tourism and wellbeing. Since then, it’s grown to encompass Sandown spectacular Hullabaloo too. With 2020 being the world Year of Biodiversity, there’s never been a better time to explore the lifelong inspiration and extraordinary science in the natural world where you live and work.

A day of scientific discovery and natural history will take place on Sunday 15th March between 10:30-15:00 at the Education Room, Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade.

Drop-in laboratories and pop-up displays featuring natural wonders from pickled worms to pond life, moths, moss and poo.  The Bay science team from The Common Space, Arc, Artecology, Dinosaur Isle and The National Poo Museum will all be there, and it’s free for all the family!

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For more details on the upcoming Discovery Bay, our Walking Festival dates, Hullabaloo and Under the Pier, visit https://arc-consulting.co.uk/2015/04/upcoming-events/.

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