Even the stones themselves host life. Different types of stone have been used on the buildings and in the churchyard - many have different sorts of lichens growing on them. The churchyard has a lovely show of wildflowers in the summer, and some of it is not cut until after they have set seed. Swallows dart around at low-level in their hunt for insects, and many small birds such as wrens, blue tits, great tits and robins nest close by.
Spot our squirrels
The Isle of Wight is one of the few places in Britain where red squirrels can be found. Autumn is a good time to see them at Mottistone, collecting walnuts on the green. Our properties at Borthwood Copse and Newtown are also good places to catch a sight of them.
There are no grey squirrels on the island - and a £5,000 fine for introducing one.