The delicate bells of blue that carpet the woods and downs in late April and May are an iconic sign of spring. And on the Island, we have some of the best places to see them. Find out where to take a stroll on a warm spring day to experience this beautiful native flower.
The warm, sheltered gardens at Mottistone mean that with the arrival of spring sunshine, bright daffodils cover the banks, and magnolia petals start to unfold. Throughout the gardens, nature is awakening after winter, filling the borders with the first colour of the year.
With warmer weather and sunny days just around the corner, spring is in the air. There are lots of signs to look out for, from the first green shoots pushing their way up from the bare earth, to newly born lambs. With thousands of acres of Isle of Wight countryside to explore, see how many you can spot when you visit one of our places.
In summer, the Island’s downland, woods and heaths are full of wildlife. From Compton Bay, where wildflowers thrive, to Borthwood Copse, where butterflies dance in the dappled shade, look out for rare insects, visiting birds and colourful flowers.
We've got plenty of family activities to enjoy across the Island this spring. Join us for an Easter adventure in nature, find flower pot people at Mottistone Gardens, millers at Bembridge Windmill, or spot birds and wildlife at Newtown Nature Reserve.
Our gardeners share their knowledge and expertise to help you make the most of your garden this spring. You'll discover how to create an eye-catching display of blossom and top tips for container growing, plus a video on how to prune hydrangeas.
We've selected some of our chefs' and experts' favourite recipes for you to share at home. From classics like our cheese scones to veggie and vegan treats, family-friendly bakes and many more seasonal delights, find lots to choose from.
Although it may seem that the countryside has gone to sleep in the winter, our rangers are still busy carrying out important conservation tasks during the colder months. This vital work helps protect the countryside and ensures that come the spring, wildlife has the best conditions in which to re-emerge.
Securing the future of one of the UK’s rarest butterflies: Dunsbury Farm on the Isle of Wight – our largest English coastal acquisition in over 20 years – will help protect the Glanville fritillary butterfly, and champion wildlife-friendly farming.