There’s only one nature reserve on the Isle of Wight and Newtown National Nature Reserve has something for everyone. This sleepy backwater is owned by the National Trust, and don’t be fooled by the tranquillity you’ll experience today because it actually has a bustling medieval past.
The reserve is home to hay meadows and ancient woodlands that look over to the harbour where sailing boats bob happily on summer days...sound idyllic? It looks it too. The woodland attracts its share of wildlife too, including fluttering rare butterflies and the Red Squirrels that are known throughout the island. The reserve is just as peaceful from the water as on the land, and if you sail your way close by you’ll be in just the position to admire the wildlife in the wetlands.
There were plans to construct a nuclear power station close to the entrance of the harbour during the 1960s and it was saved by locals who proved to the authorities just how important to wildlife the area is. The area has remained largely unchanged by time, and the landscape still reflects the medieval origins of Newtown so it’s an interesting spot for historians as well as walkers and wildlife spotters.