Arreton Downs Nature Reserve - Credit: Chris Archbold

Working with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

We have teamed up with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to help showcase the Isle of Wight and its incredible natural environment.

We take our responsibility for the environment seriously and our Green Agenda outlines the wide-ranging initiatives we are taking to protect the sea, land and air in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We have been educating customers about life in and around the Solent by welcoming the Trust’s Secrets of The Solent team on board our ferries and now our partnership has gone a step further.

Jamie Marsh reserves manager for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust beside his work van

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. With the invaluable support of volunteers and members they look after over 50 nature reserves, creating a growing network of wildlife havens and making more space for wildlife.

As we face the climate and ecological crises the Trust’s vision is for a wilder Hampshire and Isle of Wight by 2030 – where nature is recovering, wildlife is returning, damaged ecosystems are being restored, and everyone benefits from a healthier, more resilient, natural environment.

There is huge potential to make the Island richer for wildlife and plans for a Wilder Wight are a top priority for the Trust, where wildlife is recovering across at least 30% of land and sea. The Island is also central to the Trust’s strategic ambitions for rewilding and restoring missing species such as the cirl bunting, chough and beaver.

Red Squirrel - courtesy of Connor Corbett

How to visit

Hampshire & IW Wildlife Trust has 10 nature reserves located across the Island, hosting an abundance of wildlife including red squirrels, dormice, sea eagles and the rare chalk hill blue butterfly.

Plant life is also flourishing on the Isle of Wighthorseshoe vetch, spring gentians, bluebells and strange but beautiful toothworts. We encourage everyone to get outside and explore the fantastic green space available on the Isle of Wight. All we ask is that you help us look after its beauty and leave the nature reserves as you found them.

Arreton Downs Nature Reserve - Credit: Chris Archbold

How you can help

If you enjoy one of our reserves on your visit to the Isle of Wight, you can support our work to protect these natural spaces and help create a wilder future by making a one-off donation to the Trust or by becoming a member today. Your contribution really makes a difference, however great or small! Every donation helps us do even more to protect precious wildlife and wild places and it is only through the generosity of people like you that we are able to give wildlife a voice, to manage our nature reserves and inspire people to take action for wildlife.

In the past, kind donations from individuals helped us to secure both Sandown Meadows and Newchurch Moors nature reserves on the Island. These areas are now managed with wildlife in mind and are spaces where people can take time to connect with the natural world.

You can also get involved and help make the Isle of Wight wilder by taking action in your own garden, community or workplace as part of Team Wilder.

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