Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve

Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve

Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve

The Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve holds a huge variety of wildflowers and the best areas on Arreton have around 30 species per square metre so the downland is good eating for sure when its grazed through the winter by their own herd of gardening cattle!

The scrub edges of the downland is a cherished habitat for nesting birds and provides a private corridor for Red squirrels to run through to forage plus the landscape is liberally sprinkled with butterflies seasonally, including the Common blue, Brown Argus, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Large, Small, Dingy and Grizzled skipper, Green hair streak, Marbled white, occasional Clouded yellow with a spectacular emergence of Chalkhill blues in August! A better place for mini beast safaris is frankly hard to find.

If youre taking little twitchers theyre in for a treat too, with regulars on the down including Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Green woodpecker, Lark, Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Wheatear, and the dark guests of the Rookery at the Western end of the down.

Click here to visit Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve's website
01983 760 018


  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Onsite Shop Onsite Shop
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Parking Available Nearby Parking Available Nearby
  • Opening Hours

    Year round open access.


    Free admission

Isle of Wight

Arreton, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30, England

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