Unique Wildlife on the Isle of Wight27th April 2017
On land or sea, the Isle of Wight and its coastlines are chock full of beautiful wildlife and other wonders of nature. You may journey down to the south coast for the thrill of a chartered yacht tour, but you could be going home with more than just memories of the salt, sea and speed. Let’s take a look at the unique wildlife that calls the Isle of Wight home.
Journey down to the coast around August and you could share your yacht journey with more guests than those on board the Princess V45 yacht. In late summer, bottlenose dolphins have frequented waters east of the island for a few years, and they have been spotted as late as January by fishermen. However, for a chance to have a pod of dolphins swimming in your wake, we recommend booking your trip for a warmer time of year.
It is not widely publicised, but the Ventnor Downs is home to a ‘tribe’ of wild goats, over 30 in all. The National Trust do a good job every year of giving the Old English goats a health check, and it takes an entire afternoon to round up and inspect each goat. They are good natured but the official advice is not to approach and leave them to happily roam. They are remarkable for their shaggy coats and very large horns, which are at least 12 inches longer than a typical domestic goat.
The iconic red squirrel is the only squirrel species native to Britain, but sadly its North American grey cousin has moved into its territory over the last two centuries. Fortunately, the Solent provides the best natural barrier against grey squirrels who like the look of the isle. Roughly 3,500 red squirrels can be spotted on the island and they make good use of the broad-leaved woodland where they continue to thrive. You’ll be glad to know, it is illegal to bring a grey squirrel to the Isle of Wight, and there are contingency plans in case one manages to stow away and lands firmly in red squirrel territory.
You can find any number of rare little creatures around the cliffs that dominate the south coast of the island. With a guide, you can find the especially cute dormouse and the glanville fritillary butterfly which can only be found on the island. If you are feeling brave you can search the many barns, churches and manor houses at night to find the greater horseshoe bat. Don’t worry, though! These furry little fliers aren’t after blood, they come out in the evenings to eat the midges and moths.
No Stress Charters
We are proud to sail the waters around the Isle of Wight with its lively culture, healthy sailing past time and its friendly locals. Just add beautiful and rare wildlife to that list and you can see why so many people holiday on the island, and have done since Queen Victoria popularised it in the 1850s. There are many ways to view the wildlife around the island, including our own chartered yacht and many National Trust events.
For a chance to get up close and friendly to a host of marine wildlife, No Stress Charters provide chartered yacht hire in and around Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Expect a skipper and mate to see to your every need and bring up to ten guests onboard a state of the art Princess V45 yacht with sundeck, onboard kitchen and berths, and additional RIB boat for added thrills. To experience the most stylish way to view what nature has to offer, use our online form or request a call back at a time to suit you.