Newtown National Nature Reserve

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Newtown Nature Reserve

Newtown National Nature Reserve is on the north-western coast of the Isle of Wight and comprises areas of estuary and foreshore with extensive mudflats and saltmarsh, together with adjacent meadows and woodland.

In 1958 there was a suggestion of building a Nuclear power station at Hamstead, this led to local 'outrage' which resulted in a campaign to have Newtown Creek protected. After many years of effort by islanders, the Newtown Nature Reserve, covering 300 acres, was established and opened at the end of July 1966.[1]

The inlet from the Solent provides sheltered moorings. The remains of the old saltworks and oyster beds can still be seen.

There are three bird hides and a number of footpaths over the marshland and through the surrounding countryside.

Newtown Nature Reserve - quay at low tide
Low tide at Newtown quay

See also:

National Trust Newtown National Nature Reserve


  1. IWCP 6 August 1966