Things to see & do

The harbour

Newtown Harbour © John Faulkner

Newtown Harbour

Exploring by boat or just mooring for a while, Newtown harbour is a beautiful place to relax in.
 

Exploring the nature reserve

Newtown Creek © John Giblin

Newtown Creek

Woods and meadows lead down to the edge of the estuary which is a wonderful network of secluded creeks and waterways.
 

The woods

Silver Washed Fritillary © Matthew Oates

Silver Washed Fritillary

The woods have a wealth of wildlife including the spectacular silver washed fritillary butterfly.
 

Mercia Seabroke bird hide

Solar powered telescope at the Mercia Seabroke bird hide in Newtown © National Trust

Solar powered telescope at the Mercia Seabroke bird hide in Newtown

In the Mercia Seabroke bird hide the solar-powered telescope live close-up images of birds onto a screen, and our volunteers are on hand to identify whatever is to be seen.
 

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall from the south © National Trust

The Old Town Hall from the south

Visit the Old Town Hall to discover more about Newtown’s fascinating history.
 

The east hide

The East Hide at Newtown Nature Reserve © National Trust

The East Hide at Newtown Nature Reserve

This is one of two other bird hides overlooking the estuary. The tide is doing its bit to wash the path away but we are endeavouring to maintain it for a few more years…
 

Clamerkin pond

Clamerkin Pond, Newtown © Walter Haberl

Clamerkin Pond, Newtown

This recently restored pond is proving to be an excellent place to spot dragonflies.
 

Dragonflies

Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly at Clamerkin Lake, Newtown © National Trust

Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly at Clamerkin Lake, Newtown

Look out for dragonflies flying around the nature reserve, especially around Clamerkin pond. This handsome creature is the Broad-bodied Chaser.
 

What's on

We arrange many activities for families, general interest and specialist walks. 

Activities

The nature reserve is a wonderful place to discover wildlife. Black tailed godwit arrive from Iceland in winter. Newtown also provides glorious opportunities for walks and sailing.

Don't miss

  • Meet our volunteers in the Mercia Seabroke bird hide
  • Visit two other bird hides near Town Copse and Clamerkin
  • The Old Town Hall has more information about the history of Newtown
  • Look out for butterflies in the sunny glades of Walter's Copse
  • Small coppiced glades have a wonderful display of early spring flowers
  • The hay meadows full of wild flowers in spring

Newtown audio trail

Join us on an audio trail round Newtown

Join us on an audio trail round Newtown

Accompany us around Newtown National Nature Reserve using our audio trail.

You can also choose individual highlights from the trail for downloading.

Enjoy the estuary... a Newtown trail

Take a gentle 1½ to 4-mile 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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