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Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man became an island when it was cut off from the British mainland as sea levels rose when the last Ice Age ended around 10,000 years ago.

This is a great island for wildlife spotting including some special animals that you'll struggle to see in such densities elsewhere in the UK.

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The British Isles is a nation of islands. There are more than 6,000 islands around our coast. They're great havens for wildlife too.

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  • Our islands offer amazing opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Nature's Calendar team from bird watching to fossil hunting.

Isle of Man - Visitor Guide

Telephone:Isle of Man Tourism - 01624 686801

Manx Wildlife Trust - 01624 801985

Manx Wildlife Trust - 01624 801022


Manx Wildlife Trust:

Manx Tourist Board:

Map:Isle of Man Streetmap
Essential kit:Binoculars or telescopes for bird watching. At Close Sartfield reserve take your wellies as some areas get flooded in winter.
Nature watching:

Bird spotting and wildlife watching.

Hen Harrier watching - the best place is the Close Sartfield reserve at Ballaugh. There is a hide where visitors can watch the birds when they return to their mid-winter roost in the evening.

Spiders - the Manx Wildlife Trust runs cave spider sessions as well as winter Hen Harrier Watches.


The best places to see Choughs are the cliff and beach areas close to Castletown at Strandhall (especially the coastline below Kentraugh) and Castletown Bay.


Varies depending on locations. Close Sartfield nature reserve has wheelchair access via level paths and boardwalks to the bird hide.

Getting there:

The Isle of Man is located in the heart of the Irish Sea, just off the north west coast of England.

By plane to Ronaldsway Airport or by sea to Douglas from Liverpool or Heysham.


Close Sartfield Nature Reserve: From the TT course take the B9 between Ballaugh Village and Sulby Glen. Take the third right and follow this road for about 1 mile. The reserve entrance is 25 metres along a track on your right.


Sea travel information:
Isle of Man Travel
Isle of Man Bus and Rail Information

Opening times:All year round
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