All about: Wildlife Spotting
The whole of the Isle of Wight (including the waters around the Island) is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it was awarded this in June 2019. To become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a region needs to show that people and the natural environment are coexisting harmoniously. Put simply, the Isle of Wight can demonstrate to the highest level that there is a balanced relationship between people and nature and, that in spite of the modern-day pressures brought about by the progress of human beings, nature continues to thrive here. Over 50% of the Isle of Wight is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Island is home to species found nowhere else in the UK, plus you can see red squirrels and hazel dormice if you’re lucky! Newtown national nature reserve is is a twitcher’s paradise. The Wildlife Trust have activity sheets you can download and see what species you can spot on your walk – one of their nature reserves on the Island is Bouldner Forest near to Yarmouth.