Isle of Wight
Welcome to a treasure island just a 30-minute ferry ride away.
Places to visit
Early autumn wildlife to spot
Our feathered friends are getting ready for their long flights. In the skies above, swallows fly back and forth getting ready for departure, whilst up on the downs flycatchers and redstarts can be seen gathering food. At Newtown, black-tailed godwits start to appear too.
Young birds born earlier in the year are starting to find their wings. Young stonechats perch in gorse bushes, whilst buzzards can be heard mewing for food from their parents. In the autumn skies, kestrels learn to hover.
Butterflies and moths
Up on the chalk downs, chalk hill blue butterflies are still fluttering by. You might spy the second brood of Adonis blues as they start to emerge on Ventnor, Mottistone and Compton Downs. Butterflies migrate too - look out for clouded yellows and silver Y moths on their journeys.
This day flying moth loves warm places with lots of nectar, and so can still be seen into September. It hovers just like a hummingbird as it probes the flower for nectar, before darting to the next one. The wings beat so rapidly that you can hear them hum.