Isle of Wight Eagle

In the last few years eagles have been re-introduced to the Isle of Wight with plans for up to sixty in the coming years. With a wingspan of just under 2.5 metres, they have earned the nickname of ‘flying barn doors’. They can be spotted all over the island but with a favourite diet of fish and water birds they are often seen hunting over the Solent and surrounding estuaries, with the woods and cliffs of the island making quiet areas for them to rest. A joint conservation project between Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, the eggs are collected under licence from Scotland and the birds were reared in a secret location on the island before release to the wild. They can fly significant distances in a day and the island’s eagles have been found as far away as South Scotland, Norfolk and Yorkshire before returning to their home.

In February 2023 one of the young birds returned to the Isle of Wight after spending 2 years ‘on the road’ exploring several European countries as far as Sweden

Updates on the latest movements of the eagles can be found here

More about the isle of Wight here

Whilst you are on the Isle of Wight why not try:

Walk to the Isle of Wight’s highpoint on St Boniface Down

Enjoy a swim and crab pasty at Steephill Cove

The Needles and Tennyson Down circular walk

Watch an Isle of Wight sunset

Circular walk St Catherine’s Oratory

Look for the Milky Way

Spot a sea eagle

Go fossil hunting

Go rock pooling at Bembridge

Go star gazing

Ride The Needles chairlift

Wildlife walk at Newtown and Shalfleet

Walk the Isle of Wight’s coast path

Other islands nearby:

Brownsea Island

Hayling Island

Portsea Island

Thorney Island

Other islands to spot amazing wildlife:

Brownsea Island

Isle of Man

Isle of Mull

Skomer Island

Bardsey Island

Farne Islands

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