Landscapes

The extraordinary diversity of the Isle of Wight landscape is both its strength and its vulnerability. No other part of England has this small-scale, intimate landscape, which changes so quickly from wild and rugged to green and lush. Yes, there are big vistas that fill the postcards: a sunset from Blackgang Viewpoint; the Needles from Headon Warren; the eastern Solent from Ashey Seamark. But these are just a few headlines from this fascinating story and to truly appreciate the whole, one needs to pore over the detail.

The Isle of Wight AONB comprises a multitude of character types here are some of the most exciting:

Muddy Shores: The muddy shore in estuaries and creeks is revealed at low tide and can be very wide. More...

Chalk Downs: The chalk downs or hills are typical landscape features of the Isle of Wight. More...

Sandy Hills: Sandstone hills and gravel ridges are found in small areas south of the main chalk ridge which runs along the middle of the Island. More...

Woodland: Ancient woodland occurs on the heavier soils in the north of the Island. These large areas of plantation and mixed woodland are a dominant feature in the landscape. More...

Rocky Cliffs: The Island’s remarkable geology is easily visible where the sea has worn away coastal rocks. More...

Undercliff: The largest of many landslip areas on the Island is the Undercliff. More...

Soft Cliffs and Chines: The cliffs on the south side of the Island are prone to slumping and this process of erosion is very important for the wildlife that lives in this exposed area. More...