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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Join us for a right royal day at Queen Victoria's favourite home by the sea. Spectacular equestrian displays, the magnificent parade of the Redcoats, and royal walkabouts bring alive the days of the Empire.
The Dairyman's Cottage is a beautiful holiday cottage in the Heart of Tapnell Farm which boasts spectacular views over the west of the Isle of Wight towards Tennyson downs and Freshwater Bay.
Camping & Caravan Site
Perfect for a family holiday, group of friends, romantic getaway or why not book the whole place for a celebration. There are 5 Luxury Eco Lodges available for individual hire sleeping 6 - 8 people in each lodge or why not hire all 5 for a...
Springvale Beach stretches from Puckpool to Seaview on the north coast of the Isle of Wight and is made up of a mixture of shingle and sand.
Mottistone Gardens, which is in the care of the National Trust, is one of the most peaceful and magical gardens on the Island with colourful borders, shrub filled banks and grassy terraces which surround an Elizabethan manor house (tenanted).
Camping & Caravan Site
The Park offers beautiful downland views in a countryside setting. Within two miles are the sandy beaches of Sandown and Shanklin.
You are very welcome to come and stay at Haytor Lodge. We are situated on the cliff path in a quite location in lake, which is to be found between Sandown and Shanklin on the very sunny Isle of Wight.
The fairies invite you to join in their fantastical fairy fling, with all things magical on offer for would be fairies and their friends.
If you are looking for a large holiday house for a family gathering or a group of friends, Orchard House is the perfect choice. It is ideal for celebrating a birthday or anniversary with your family or friends.
There's nothing quite like Cowes Week; the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the World.
Show / Display
Come and be Transported to An Age of Elegance, with a Sumptuous Afternoon, Seasonal Tea Ritual, and relax while you take in a Couture Catwalk Showcase of Scintillating, Up and Coming British Fashion Talent.
The LBCC is the largest annual, construction industry yachting regatta in Europe, with over 250 yachts taking part and over 3000 people racing.
Ryde Superbowl has 22 lanes of computerised tenpin bowling, fully licensed Pavilion Cafe Bar, state of the art amusements and pool table.
LaserQuest at Ryde Superbowl – the ultimate sci-fi action adventure game for all ages! We have packages of...
Comfortable self-catering holiday accommodation for 2-3 adults. Available for short or long breaks all year round.
The Chequers Inn is a country pub in the heart of the Isle of Wight and offers three luxury bed and breakfast en-suite rooms.
Impressive Self Catering Manor
Big enough to sleep the largest of families but equally cosy and welcoming; Tapnell Manor has recently undergone a major refurbishment bringing the interior into the 21st century while maintaining the rustic...
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.
Near Calbourne, YARMOUTH
Visit our working studio at Chessell Pottery Barns where you can have a go at painting your own hand made English pottery.
A chance to enjoy a summer evening picnic and stroll down to the beach on mid summer night eve.
High Street, NEWPORT
Experience electric bikes on the Isle of Wight with us! We're based at the Guildhall Visitor Information Centre at the heart of Newport and would be delighted to hire our Red Squirrel electric bikes to you.