Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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As a group we usually take part in the “Big Garden Birdwatch”, but of course this year all is different.

With the arrival of Autumn there is an abundance of cyclamen forming carpets across the churchyard of Holy Cross in Binstead. The cyclamen (family Primulaceae) is a hardy little plant that will bloom from now all through the winter, then become dormant again in the spring and summer. It seems to favour growing next to

This is an annual event run by Butterfly Conservation and the aim is to record as many of the commonest species as possible in the course of 15 minutes.

On Saturday 25th January about 14 amateur ‘Twitchers’ took part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch in Ryde Cemetery, which is now an annual event.

Ryde Social Heritage Group invite you to carry out your annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch at Ryde Cemetery on Saturday 25 January 2020 from 11am to 1pm.

We were blessed with fine dry weather for the insect walk, led by Richard Smout.  around 18 people took part. Richard explained that ‘insects’ was a vast topic and that within the various species could be hundreds of sub species.

Join us, and Richard Smout for a leisurely walk around Ryde Cemetery on Tuesday 13 August. There are many species of Insects  for you to see, which he will help you to identify.

What a beautiful sight on a March morning. A large bay tree with an abundance of white blossom interspersed between its branches. The delight of Spring in Ryde Cemetery.

The spring, almost summer weather we experienced in February 2019 was amazing. Temperatures stayed for days in the high teens and in full sun it felt more like early 20s. The primroses and daffodils were in bloom at the start of the month and the crocus seemed to go completely mad! There was a particularly