Things to see and do at Newtown National Nature Reserve

A view over the quay at Newtown National Nature Reserve, Isle of Wight

You'll find plenty to do here in the Newtown National Nature Reserve. There are many perfect spots for relaxing, such as our beautiful harbour or our peaceful woodland. For the more adventurous, we have great, quiet roads for cycling and lots of paths for walkers.

Discover wildflowers

Newtown boasts one of the best wildflower meadows on the island, full of lovely orchids in early summertime.
On the Isle of Wight we make a special effort to encourage wildflowers in various habitats.


Newtown is a particularly good centre for cycling since the roads are quiet, and it's beautiful - and flat. Whether off-road or on quiet lanes, the Isle of Wight offers some of the best cycling opportunities in the UK.

The harbour

Exploring by boat or just mooring for a while, Newtown harbour is a beautiful place to relax in.


One of the best places to explore by foot on the Isle of Wight is Newtown National Nature Reserve. There's so much more here though.

Exploring the nature reserve

Woods and meadows lead down to the edge of the estuary which is a wonderful network of secluded creeks and waterways.

Bird watching

Newtown provides perhaps the best opportunity for bird watching on the Isle of Wight. We have three bird hides and knowledgeable volunteers - and some terrific birds.

Mercia Seabroke bird hide

In the Mercia Seabroke bird hide the solar-powered telescope provides live close-up images of birds on a screen, and our volunteers are on hand to identify whatever is to be seen.

The east hide

This is one of two other bird hides overlooking the estuary. The tide is doing its bit to wash the path away but we are endeavouring to maintain it for a few more years.

Uncover some history

Newtown has a particularly fascinating past with its rotten borough status and salt and brick industries. Visit Newtown Old Town Hall and find out about the mysterious Ferguson Gang.

The Old Town Hall

Visit the Old Town Hall to discover more about Newtown’s fascinating history.

Clamerkin pond

This recently restored pond is proving to be an excellent place to spot dragonflies.