Newtown National Nature Reserve

Volunteers hunting for wildlife in the fields of Newtown National Nature Reserve, Isle of Wight

A quiet backwater with a busy Medieval past, now bursting with wildlife

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Things to see and do

View from Freshwater Bay of Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

More about visiting the Isle of Wight 

Whether its walking, cycling, family fun, wildlife or history that interests you, you can find it all on the Isle of Wight.

Newtown National Nature Reserve

What's on 

Upcoming events


Thu 02 Jun 2016
To celebrate Newtown's 21st birthday as a National Nature Reserve, and in partnership with the AONB and County Council, we're hosting an exciting BioBlitz to record wildlife around Newtown.

Big Camp

Sat 16 Jul 2016
A pop-up camping event in the delightful and historic Newtown meadows.

Summer holiday fun - 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Thu 21 Jul 2016
Come and join in some summer fun activities to tick off your 50 things list.

50 Years of Conservation

Sun 25 Sep 2016
Come along on our walk and discover more about what makes Newtown so special for wildlife and nature.
Newtown National Nature Reserve


A clear view over the salt pan lagoon

The salt industry 

Although no commercial salt has been made here for over 80 years, the salt lagoons were once part of a thriving industry.

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Places to stay

The dining room of East Rosetta Cottage on the Isle of Wight

Enjoy a holiday near Newtown 

Watch boats sail past from your window when you stay at either Rosetta Cottage or East Rosetta Cottage in Cowes, just a short drive along the coast from Newtown.

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Get involved

People sitting on the chalk cliffs at Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Association 

Find out more about how you can join the Isle of Wight Association, and support the work of the National Trust.