Newtown National Nature Reserve

A black-headed gull has been disturbed and takes off from a wooden post at Newtown Nature Reserve

A quiet backwater with a busy Medieval past, now bursting with wildlife

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Things to see and do

View from Freshwater Bay of Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

More about visiting the Isle of Wight 

Whether its walking, cycling, family fun, wildlife or history that interests you, you can find it all on the Isle of Wight.

Newtown National Nature Reserve

What's on 

Two girls looking at a geocache at Roseberry Topping

Plan ahead for the Easter holidays 

If you want to practice your egg searching skills this Easter, come along to Newtown. We've got lots of birds, wildlife and even geocaches to hunt for.

Upcoming events

Birdwatching walks at Newtown

Sat 25 Mar 2017
Learn all about birds, from spotting them to song identification, and discover the winter migrants of Newtown.

Geocache trails at Newtown

Sat 08 Apr 2017
Search the quiet paths and lanes through the woods and meadows of Newtown to see how many hidden geocaches you can find.

Pied Piper trails

Tue 11 Apr 2017
Discover the story of Newtown's very own Pied Piper.

Spring time birds at Newtown

Tue 18 Apr 2017
Come along on our short guided family walk and discover the birds that are nesting at Newtown.

Newtown Dawn Chorus Walk

Sun 07 May 2017
As the sun rises, take a gentle stroll through the meadows and woods overlooking Newtown Harbour.

Newtown Nightlife

Thu 01 Jun 2017
Places always seem different at night. As you explore the village and estuary on a summer's evening, discover what wildlife emerges, as the sun sets and darkness falls over Newtown National Nature Reserve.
Newtown National Nature Reserve


A clear view over the salt pan lagoon

The salt industry 

Although no commercial salt has been made here for over 80 years, the salt lagoons were once part of a thriving industry.

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Places to stay

The dining room of East Rosetta Cottage on the Isle of Wight

Enjoy a holiday near Newtown 

Watch boats sail past from your window when you stay at either Rosetta Cottage or East Rosetta Cottage in Cowes, just a short drive along the coast from Newtown.

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Get involved

People sitting on the chalk cliffs at Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Association 

Find out more about how you can join the Isle of Wight Association, and support the work of the National Trust.