The Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of the finest landscapes in the country. It was designated in 1963 and covers approximately half of the Island (191 km2).
Enjoy the legacy of the Island’s first landscape partnership scheme. Between 2008 – 2013 it helped to conserve and enhance the important habitats of the Isle of Wight's western area and encourage people to explore and celebrate its rich culture and heritage.
The Isle of Wight Local Records Centre collects, collates, manages and disseminates information on the Island’s wildlife; making it available to all those who need it, on a not-for-profit basis in a cost-effective way. This information plays an essential role in decision-making at all levels, helping to protect and improve biodiversity on the Island and beyond.