Discover butterflies on Mottistone Down
The chalkland of Mottistone Down is a special place for butterflies. Look out for blues, browns, greens and skippers.
Mottistone Down: a botanist's delight
Acid-loving wildflowers abound on Mottistone Down, thriving in the chalky soil.
Mottistone Down: a place to listen
Come and listen to the birds singing. Spot a soaring buzzard and, perhaps, the elusive Dartford warbler.
The hornet robber fly on Mottistone Down
Find out the fascinating dependence of the ‘giant’ hornet robber fly and cow pats on Mottistone Down.
Mottistone Common, restored heathland
Not long ago Mottistone Common was covered in conifers. Find out where all the trees have gone and how things are now done differently to make this a special place for humans and wildlife.
Wildlife on Mottistone Common
Look up and down, and get on your knees, if necessary, to spot birds, insects, butterflies and wildflowers on Mottistone Common.
Nightjars in Mottistone Common
Come and join us on a magical warm summer evening to hear nightjars churring over the heath. See as well as hear our regular summer visitors to Mottistone Common.
Coastal erosion on the Mottistone Estate
In common with much of the southern part of the Isle of Wight, the effects of coastal erosion at Sudmoor on the seaward edge of the Mottistone Estate are clear for all to see.
We tend to think of this as a calamity, losing precious land and causing disruption to our favourite coastal walks. And yet the crumbling clay and sandstone cliffs can provide a wonderful dynamic habitat for wildlife.
If it were not for the cliffs constantly falling and slipping away, we would not have such a beautiful and dramatic coastline, or such amazing sandy beaches. Nor would this stretch of coast be one of the prime sites in the UK for fossils and in particular dinosaur bones.