Activities

Bird watching

You can often hear great spotted woodpeckers drumming in Borthwood Copse

You can often hear great spotted woodpeckers drumming in Borthwood Copse

The ancient woodland of Borthwood Copse is home to a number of birds typical of woodlands. Keep your eyes open and you should find goldcrests and woodpeckers as well as more common species.

Across the Isle of Wight, we have many different habitats, from sea to estuary to high downland. So there is so much to see and hear.

Come for a walk

We've created a 1¼-mile (2km) self-guided trail around the ancient woodland here, with a good chance of seeing our red squirrels.

Elsewhere on the island we offer coastal and inland walks.

Walk your dog

Borthwood Copse isn't very large, but it has a maze of paths and lots of interest for you and your dog. No walk is ever the same.

We also have many other places on the Isle of Wight that are ideal for dog walking.

Butterfly spotting in the woods

The silver-washed fritillary at home in Borthwood Copse

The silver-washed fritillary at home in Borthwood Copse

The copse is home to many woodland butterfly species. They include the white admiral, silver-washed fritillary, speckled wood and purple hairstreak.

We offer many different habitats across the Isle of Wight. They suit a wide variety of butterflies, including some less common ones. Here are some of our favourite locations.

Borthwood wildflowers

Bluebells carpet Borthwood in May

Bluebells carpet Borthwood in May

Borthwood Copse comes alive with flowers before the leaves of the trees take up the light. Wood anemones and bluebells are especially good here.

Wildflowers abound across the Isle of Wight, and we take special care to manage their habitats. Here are some other locations to try.

If you go down to the woods today

It's not just teddy bears that like a picnic in the woods. Borthwood has a number of open glades with fallen logs, waiting to be enjoyed. Try to spot a squirrel while you eat.

We've other places you might like, too.

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