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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A visit to our award-winning restaurant will be the talking point of your stay on the Isle of Wight.
Tapnell Farm is the newest family attraction on the Isle of Wight, located near to Yarmouth in West Wight, and offers visitors a fantastic range of options to Eat, Shop, Play and Stay!
Tourist Information Centres
The Tourist Information Point for Shanklin and the South of the Isle of Wight is located at Vernon Cottage Gift Shop, stocking a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your stay on the Isle of Wight.
A one day spectacular ‘Shipwreck Isle’ is coming….
Get dressed up in your best pirate gear and help defend our Island. Located in Ryde and Appley Beach over this fantastic weekend, it is an event NOT TO BE MISSED and free to attend.
Traditional Victorian fun for kids (and mums and dads!) on Queen Victoria's private beach. Kids will also love a game of quoits and skittles.
Osborne in East Cowes is able to hold a maximum capacity of 100 people and parking is available.
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.
Camping & Caravan Site
St Helens Holiday Park is located on the Southeast of the island and is one of the most peaceful and relaxing holiday parks here on the Isle of Wight.
"Goodleaf Tree Climbing are giving adventurous dinosaur lovers the chance to climb high above the heads of the fearsome creatures this summer.
Keith & Christine offer a warm & friendly welcome to all their guests, a home away from home, family run licensed guest accommodation catering for B & B and Half Board. The modernised & fresh en-suite rooms offer flexible accommodation for 1-4 people
The LBCC is the largest annual, construction industry yachting regatta in Europe, with over 250 yachts taking part and over 3000 people racing.
Camping & Caravan Site
Come and spend your holiday with us at The Orchards Holiday Park. Winner of The AA Campsite of the year, The Orchards has stunning, countryside views and high quality facilities. We also have SPECIAL OFFERS and DISCOUNTS, see website.
Owned by our family since 1966 the establishment has built a reputation for good home cooked food and friendly service.
Totland Bay is a picturesque sandy beach, ideal for swimming, with clear turquoise waters and far reaching views to the mainland.
Fete / Fair
Set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling green hills and farmland, the Garlic Festival is located just outside of Newchurch at the heart of the stunning Isle of Wight. Our show is food and entertainment at its very best.
Historic House / Palace
Step into Queen Victoria’s favourite country home and experience a world unchanged since the country's longest reigning monarch died here just over 100 years ago.
Experience the magic at Blackgang this Halloween and take part in our weird and wonderful activities. Leave the family spellbound with everything from creepy crafts and potion making to gruesome games and entertainment.
Abbey / Priory
Quarr Abbey is a working Benedictine monastery and is set in beautiful and peaceful surroundings and can be found just outside of Ryde.
The Ventnor Fringe is a unique celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline.
Bembridge Lane End beach is a pebble and stone beach toward the sea wall, but is also sandy underfoot making it good for paddling or bathing.