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The Isle of Wight is known as "dinosaur island" and it's a stunning area for a winter's day out.

For a place that is only 23 miles wide by 13 miles long, there's a large number of interesting wildlife and natural history locations.

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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 Wight - Visitor Guide

Address:Isle of Wight Tourism, Westridge Centre, Brading Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Postcode:PO33 1QS
Telephone:Isle of Wight Tourism - 01983 813 813
e-mailTourism information:
Fax:01983 823031
Map:Isle of Wight Streetmap
Essential kit:Fossil hunting guide. Binoculars for bird watching. Warm clothing and tide times for fossil searching.
Nature watching:Fossil hunting - if you've only got time to visit one beach, Compton Bay near Freshwater is the place to go. Other top fossil spots are Chilton Chine and Brighstone Bay. Check tide times - the tide must be out to see the dinosaur footprints.

Bird watching. Outdoor pursuits - riding, walking, cycling, sailing.


Dinosaur Fossil Hunts island wide, visit for more information.


Alverstone Mead - several public footpaths and walks. Red Squirrel hides.

Access:Varies depending on location.
Getting there:Boat services to Isle of Wight from Southampton, Lymington, Southsea and Portsmouth. Ferry routes connect directly with road, rail and coach links - choose the car ferry or catch a high-speed passenger ferry. The Island has a comprehensive network of buses.

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Alverstone Mead is located close to Sandown on the Isle of Wight and south of the Sandown–Newport cycleway.

Opening times:Year round.

Alverstone Mead - open all hours.
Charges:Free but there may be some charge for specific activities.
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