Wildlife Holiday Experiences Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a haven for wildlife and there are many beautiful locations to walk and see everything from birds of prey to red squirrels. Here you will find a sections of walks and places to visit along with some of the wildlife you might want to look out for.

Borthwood Squirrel
Red Squirrel Borthwood

Borthwood Copse

Borthwood Copse is a small woodland inland from Sandown and it can be reached easily on foot from Alverstone or Newchurch. (map link) The woodland is best known its red squirrels and woodpeckers and has a number of pleasant trails with scattered benches and the occasional clearing. Woodpeckers are more often heard than seen but by looking out for their neatly drilled holes and waiting nearby you will more than likely see one. Red Squirrels are also most likely to be seen if you sit still and look out for their movement as the run along a branch.

Nearby cottages: Beaulieu Cottage, Paperbarn Cottage, Squire Thatchers, One Mead, Two Mead and Meadow End Wing
Tennyson Downs
Tennyson Downs Isle of Wight

Tennyson Downs

The Tennyson Downs are most famous for the stunning views over the West coast of the Isle of Wight. The high ground means you can see Yarmouth and Freshwater Bay on the North and South of the Isle of Wight. The Downs have patches of gauze which are a haven for small birds and the lower slopes often have a rich variety of butterflies. The Tennyson Downs can be easily reached by parking at Freshwater Bay and following the path marked ‘Tennyson Downs’.

Nearby cottages: Moonfleet Cottage and West Isle of Wight Cottages

Culver Cliffs

The cliffs on the North side of Sandown and Shanklin Bay jut out into the sea and make a beautiful backdrop to the sandy beaches below. The cliffs have a number of interesting things to see including a World War II gun mounting and a monument. This is also a wonderful place to see a rich array of bird life the most dramatic of which are the birds of prey. The Buzzard is the most commonly seen bird of prey at Culvar Cliffs and it likes to rest on high perches or fence posts. To reach Culvar Cliffs on foot you can follow the coastal path from either Sandown or Bembridge. Culvar Cliffs can be reached by car from Sandown beach front road which you follow north to a roundabout, taking the second exit to the right, and then the first right signposted for Culvar Cliffs.

Nearby cottages: East Isle of Wight Cottages

Bonchurch Nature Reserve Pond

The little village at Bonchurch is well known for a miniture nature reserve which is home to a number of ducks and other pond and lake dwelling birds. There is an informative information point where you get a list of birds and animals to look out for. Bonchurch is a short walk North East of Ventnor and can be reached by the coastal path from Ventnor Beach. Alternatively, you can reach it by car by following signs to a turn off along the Ventnor to Shanklin road.

Nearby cottages: Bonchurch & Ventnor Cottages
Fluffy Cow Isle of Wight
Alverstone Mead

Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve

The nature reserve at Alverstone on the East of the Isle of Wight is a beautiful river side nature reserve which can be followed via the footpath and cycle track which runs along its length. There are a number of attraction and wildlife to enjoy in Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve and the most obvious is the Longhorn Cattle which graze in some of the fields. More typical wildlife includes heron, snipe and sandpiper. It is also possible to spot Kingfisher hunting from their overhanging perches.

Nearby cottages:  One MeadTwo Mead

Brading Marsh

The RSPB reserve of Brading Marsh runs along the estuary between Brading and St Helens or Bembridge. On the south side of the reserve there is a footpath with several benches to stop and enjoy the wildlife. (Brading Marshes Website). The marshes are best known for the large wetland birds including geese, ducks and egret but there are also a number of finches, wagtails, snipe and the occasional buzzard.

Nearby cottages: The Poplars St Helens, Harbours Edge, and Seaview Cottages

Useful wildlife links:

Isle of Wight Birds – iowbirds.awardspace.com/ – With excellent gallery of Isle of Wight Birds

RSPB Isle of Wight – www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/b/bradingmarshes/

Wight Nature Fund – www.wightnaturefund.org.uk

Gift To Nature Isle of Wight – www.gifttonature.org.uk

Isle of Wight Nature Reserves – www.iwight.com/living_here/planning/countryside/Nature_Reserves/

Adjoining Self Catering Cottages for Larger Parties

Adjoining Cottages Isle of Wight
Adjoining Self Catering Cottages

For large families or groups of friends wishing to go on holiday together it is sometimes more convenient to have two or more separate holiday cottages which adjoin one another. For this reason we have prepared a list of cottages suitable for larger groups which can provide self catering accommodation in cottages located around a courtyard or on a farm. These adjoining cottages are intended to give guests the chance to socialise and holiday close to one another while retaining privacy and seclusion when it is desired.

Our adjoining holiday cottages are often located on farms or around courtyards but also nearby in the same village or within a large house. Adjoining properties can be found all around the Isle of Wight including the seaside towns of Ventnor and Yarmouth as well as rural locations near Shanklin, and Godshill.

For more information about adjoining self catering holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight visit our Adjoining Cottages pages.

Easter Holiday Cottage Rental Isle of Wight

The Easter Holidays are when the Isle of Wight opens all the doors to families and children with most of the family friendly attractions reopening for the new year. Easter is also a lovely time to experience the spring and early summer on the Isle of Wight with walks or cycle rides.

Some wonderful places to visit for Easter include the Ventnor Botanical Gardens which greet the summer early due to a unique micro climate or the Tennyson Trail between Freshwater and The Needles which crosses the fragrant heath where the sights and smells of Spring mix with the sight and sounds of the sea.

Cycling is a popular Easter holiday activity and is a great way to see the Island as well as get some fresh air and exercise. Cycle hire is available from Island Cottage Holidays when you book a holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight. (Isle of Wight Cycle Hire)

To choose your perfect Easter self catering holiday cottage rental property on the Isle of Wight visit our Easter holiday cottages page at www.islandcottageholidays.com/isleofwight/holidays/easter/

Ventnor Walk
Ventnor Walk
The Needles Isle of Wight
The Needles
Easter Bike Ride
Bike Ride