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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Three rounds of golf, two nights bed and breakfast and ferry crossing from just £185.
* Freshwater Bay Golf Club
* Osborne Golf Club
* Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club
* Royal Hotel
* The Grange (Shanklin)
* Premier Inn
Educational school visits available but must be pre-booked and have NT guide. Special charge applies. Please contact property for details.
The Ventnor Fringe is a unique celebration of the arts, showcasing emerging and established talent across every creative discipline.
Set into Bonchurch Downs on the pretty Southern side of the Isle of Wight, Paul, Cheryl and daughter Carla welcome you to their Victorian country home with spectacular panoramic sea views.
Three cottages located within the grounds of Osborne where Queen Victoria made Osborne House her country get-away for 50 years.
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.
Camping & Caravan Site
5 Star and David Bellamy Gold award Family run Holiday Park situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Perfect base for walkers and cyclists. Access to glorious coves and beaches within minutes. An ideal location for any pursuit
Adventure Park / Playground
Set in Over 40 acres of spectacular cliff-top gardens - you will find a magical mix of fantasy, legend and heritage!
Totland Bay is a picturesque sandy beach, ideal for swimming, with clear turquoise waters and far reaching views to the mainland.
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Luccombe Villa Holiday Apartments occupies a wonderful, quiet position just a short stroll from Shanklin Chine, Rylstone Gardens, Shanklin Old Village and Appley Steps which lead down to...
Hovertravel is the fastest ferry service between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
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
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.
High Street, NEWPORT
Designed by John Nash and built in 1816, the historic Guildhall is home to the Museum of Island History.
Discover the Island from pre-historic past to the present day with:
* Touch Screen Computers.
* Hands on Exhibits.
Charming cottages in delightful rural surroundings and close to the sea. Beautiful views and lovely gardens. Carefully selected individual cottages situated throughout the Isle of Wight, accommodating from 2 to 12 people.
The Pavilion Café- Bar is situated on Ryde Esplanade, adjacent to Ryde Superbowl and the beautiful beaches and marina and within a few minute’s walk of the mainland travel links.
Dating back to 1927, The Pavilion Bar is one of Ryde’s most...
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.
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 Wight Riviera Sportive brings true south coast cycling chic to the sportive scene! The first ever event to use the new Sportive Avantage format, the Wight Riviera is a celebration of the sportive form; a ride with roads, scenery and atmosphere.
Cowes Beach is a short pebble and shell covered beach to the west of the town front or Parade.