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Nature and UNESCO


The Isle of Wight is internationally recognised for its diversity of landscape, rare wildlife and unique climate. In 2019 the Island became a UNESCO Biosphere, awarded by the United Nations, reflecting “a unique area of environmental significance in which communities strive to work hand in hand, innovatively and responsibly to protect and support the local environment and the world we all live in.”

We’ve always known that the Island is a rare jewel. Viewers of TV’s Coast or Countryfile will be no stranger to our stunning landscapes and the Island has been welcoming nature lovers for a long time.

The Isle of Wight is incredibly diverse geographically. Surrounded by sea, but only 23 miles from east to west and just 13 miles from top to bottom, you’re never far from a stunning coastal feature. Our rolling beaches, chalk cliffs, estuaries, sand dunes and marshes showcase all sorts of wildlife, including some rare species. The Red Squirrel is rightly famous as one of our most attractive residents but we’re also home to lesser known rare species including the dormouse, bats and the Glanville Fritillary butterfly. Plenty of reasons to bring a camera then!

As well as being acclaimed for our wildlife and our beauty, the Island is also very accessible. More than half of the Isle of Wight is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and our network of public footpaths and cycleways make it easy to explore.

If you’re looking for a place to explore or to inspire, you can’t get much closer to nature than the Isle of Wight.



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