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

This is the only National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Wight. It is a beautiful retreat that has something to offer boat owners, walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and historians or just those in search of peace and tranquility. You can wander past flower-rich hay meadows, through ancient woodlands with rare butterflies and red squirrels, and look out over salt marsh and the clear waters of the harbour, bobbing with sailing boats in the summer and alive with birds in the spring and winter. For those on the water it is a beautiful place to explore and a good way to look out for wetland wildlife.

Newtown Harbour was saved in the 1960s from the threat of a nuclear power station being built near the harbour entrance.  The efforts of local people conducting wildlife surveys proved to the authorities how special the place is. The landscape has remained little changed for decades and the pattern of fields reflects Newtown's Medieval origins.

Come on a walk this Spring

We've put together a great walking trail for you to enjoy this spring. Take a gentle stroll through the varied habitats of the Island’s only National Nature Reserve, and visit a Town Hall with a colourful past.

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Join us for Big Camp

 © NTPL/Joe Cornish

18 and 19 July Spend a night under canvas nestled in a meadow on the Isle of Wight's only National Nature Reserve. This after hours family event includes star gazing and night time wildlife walks.…

See our flock of Hebridean sheep

Come and see our Hebridean sheep grazing

Come and see our Hebridean sheep grazing

The distinctive Hebridean sheep love eating docks and brambles, leaving the more delicate wildflowers for us to enjoy.

Weather at Newtown