Animals and Wildlife

The Isle of Wight’s climate and physical makeup makes it the perfect place to do a spot of wildlife watching

The island is home to over 200 species of birds, and with plenty of areas of water (lakes, rivers, creeks and of course, the sea) it’s a great place to spot wading birds, ducks and waterfowl

You’ll also find 43 of the UK’s 61 butterfly species, as well as plenty of exciting plants, insects and of course; red squirrels. No matter what kind of wildlife and nature you enjoy, there is sure to be somewhere you’ll enjoy in our list below

Why is the wildlife of the Isle of Wight special?

The Isle of Wight is a microcosm of south-east England and has, size for size, its fair share of the habitats characteristic of the region. In fact, it is unusually rich in species and habitats compared to similar areas on the mainland. The chalk grasslands, the maritime cliffs and slopes, and the estuaries are important on a national and international scale.

The mere fact that it is an island located off the south coast has consequences for the wildlife as well as for the human population. There are fewer introduced species such as grey squirrels, deer or mink; and there are stable populations of native animals which have become rare on the mainland, such as red squirrels, dormice, bats and water voles. The mild climate and maritime situation provide a foothold for species such as the Glanville fritillary butterfly, on the northern edge of their European range

Wildlife & Animal attractions

The Isle of Wight is lucky enough to be home to a great range of endangered and unique animals. Wildlife parks such as Amazon World and the Isle of Wight Zoo offer visitors the opportunity to get up close to the animals

From petting farmyards full of spring lambs, guinea pigs and llamas, to exotic tigers, lions and monkey’s, the Isle of Wight has a wide array of animal attractions

Make the most of the Isle of Wight’s diverse wildlife. Spot red squirrels in their natural habitat, spend time in the hide spotting all manner of birds at Newtown Creek and scour the coastline for marine life