Majestic sea cliffs and sweeping beaches; the quiet solitude of ancient woodlands; an ever changing patchwork of worked fields; the timeless and enduring presence of the downs: intricate inlets of tranquil creeks; long distance views from the coastal heath and downland; winding paths; shutes and hollow ways in the countryside; Chines and steps down cliffs to miles of beaches; all make the landscape a perfect place for birdwatching.
The Isle of Wight has a wide variety of habitats, all having their influence on the type of birds seen.
There are chalk, sand and clay cliffs; shores of sand, shingle mud and rock; fresh and saltwater marshes; tidal rivers and creeks; mixed farmland; deciduous and coniferous woods, copse and large areas of chalk downland.
The main kind of habitat inadequately represented is fresh water, of which there are only several ponds.
The dominant feature of the Island is the ridge of chalk downs running west to east, from the Needles to Culver Cliff, with another group in the south around Ventnor.
There are numerous copses and thickets, plus mixed plantations above Brook and Brighstone.
Some of the regular species are Nightjar, Woodcocks, Long-eared Owl, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker & Firecrest.
The two ends of this ridge of chalk form high cliffs which are populated, especially on and near the Needles, by various seabirds.
Some of their nesting ledges can be seen from the cliff-top, but care is needed.
In the case of several interesting species - Fulmar, Cormorant, Shag, Lesser and Great Black-backed Gulls, Guillemot and Razorbill - these cliffs mark the eastern limit of breeding (or at least of regular breeding) along the south coast of Britain.
Freshwater Bay, a short break in the chalk near the western end, is sometimes resorted to for shelter from severe weather.
Cormorants, Shags & Gulls all can be seen.
The Island's three main rivers all drain to the north - the Medina in the centre, and the two others, both confusingly named the Yar, at either end (Newtown really only a creek).
The estuaries of the two Yars can offer a wide variety of visiting species (mainly ducks and waders) and a few nesters, but much of Brading Marsh (a reclaimed part of the former estuary of the eastern Yar) is private.
At the Medina estuary you will find many species of waders & oystercatchers, swans & ducks.
The area most likely to be worth a visit at any season of the year is that around Newtown River and Marsh, on the Island's Northwest coast.
The nesting species include Shelduck, Oystercatcher and Black-headed Gull and occasionally Sandwich and Common Terns.
Also often present during the summer are numbers of non-breeding waders, including Grey plover, Dunlin, Knot and Black-tailed Godwit.
At other times there is a wider variety of species, mainly ducks in winter and waders in the migration seasons.
St Catherines Point, at the southern extremity of the Island, attracts considerable notice, largely on account of the birds which can be found resting there, usually after migrating during an overcast night.
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Close to the beach, surrounded by National Trust land & in the middle of the AONB, Brook House is a beautiful and peaceful location for a lovely self-catering holiday cottage.
WIGHT IN BLOOM 2015 AWARD - JOINT 2ND PLACE (BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION GARDEN - LARGE).
Ventnor Botanic Garden lies at the heart of a remarkable microclimate on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Protected by the chalk downs of the Ventnor...
Castle / Fort
A Tudor Castle in a beautiful seaside town.
Back By Popular Demand back for the fans tour Chas & Dave.
Hovertravel is the fastest ferry service between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
Camping & Caravan Site
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A family run park situated in the Island's most famous town of Cowes - Waverley Park has direct access to the promenade east of the River Medina and enjoys panoramic views over Cowes Harbour and the Solent. At...
A chance to enjoy a summer evening picnic and stroll down to the beach on mid summer night eve.
Following complete sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival and London’s Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and star of BBC Two’s brand new sitcom, Hebburn, extends his nationwide tour into spring 2013,
The Isle of Wight has its very own unique electric train service which runs between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin. View our train map here http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/island-line-train-map.aspx
Camping & Caravan Site
Landguard Holidays enjoys a beautiful woodland setting on the edge of Shanklin, close to the town centre and the picturesque olde worlde village of Shanklin.
A friendly, family house. We are ideally located for the town, beach, pier and Heights Leisure Centre, all within 3 minutes walk. The train station is just a 5-10 minutes' walk away. Cyclists & walkers welcome.
A visit to our award-winning restaurant will be the talking point of your stay on the Isle of Wight.
East Cowes Beach is a quiet shingle and sand beach with fantastic views across West Cowes and its marina, and also out across the Solent.
The fairies invite you to join in their fantastical fairy fling, with all things magical on offer for would be fairies and their friends.
Bus & Coach
Southern Vectis runs the local buses on the Isle of Wight. Their routes connect most parts of the Island to all major towns. Buses are frequent with some routes running through the night.
Island Coaster route is Ryde to Bembridge, Sandown,...
Camping & Caravan Site
The seaside resort of Shanklin is a popular family location with sandy beaches, gift shops, fun amusements and an old village packed full of character.
The main beach in Bembridge runs down the coast from the spit at the edge of Bembridge harbour. The beach is comprised of stones, pebbles and shells but has sand below the high water mark and a large sandbank that extends into the Solent at low tide.
This unique and world famous walk is the biggest fundraising event on the Island and the largest sponsored walk in Europe. Each year thousands of people walk to raise money in support of patient and family care provided by Earl Mountbatten Hospice....
Comfortable self-catering holiday accommodation for 2-3 adults. Available for short or long breaks all year round.
The beaches at Ryde lie on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight and offer miles and miles of sandy shores.