Borthwood Copse Walk, Isle of Wight

Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young at nest hole

A short walk through woodland cared for by the National Trust on the Isle of Wight, where you can see red squirrels.

Grade: Easy

This short atmospheric walk of just over a mile, in a secluded part of the island at Borthwood Copse, takes you through woods that are home to an Isle of Wight speciality: the red squirrel.

Various woodland birds can be seen such as great spotted woodpeckers, blackcaps, chiffchaffs, blue tits and great tits, along with butterflies including brimstone, speckled wood and white admiral at the right time of the year. If you're exceptionally lucky you might spot a dormouse, but these are rarely seen.

The walk will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a lead around wildlife.