Newtown National Nature Reserve

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

Newtown National Nature Reserve

Things to see and do 

Newtown National Nature Reserve

What's on 

Upcoming events

We're going on a bug hunt

Wed 23 Aug 2017
Become a bug hunter this summer and see if you can discover Newtown's beautiful butterflies and hidden world of creepy crawlies. Just borrow a magnifying glass and head out into the woods and meadows to see what lives in these special habitats.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Newtown National Nature Reserve

Fri 25 Aug 2017
We've got lots of summer fun activities to help you tick off some of the challenges on your 50 things list.

Looking after Newtown

Sat 26 Aug 2017
At Newtown, our work means that the Island's only National Nature Reserve is protected for future generations. This summer, we'll guide you around the reserve and show you what we do to ensure this continues and why your support is so important.

Birdwatching walks at Newtown

Sun 08 Oct 2017
Learn all about birds, from spotting them to song identification, and discover the winter migrants of Newtown.

Bird Race

Thu 26 Oct 2017
Join the race to discover as many birds as possible in one day at Newtown.
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.