IWBOA: Northeastern Woods
Opportunity area descriptionThe complex of woods in the Briddlesford area, which are linked by hedgerows to the wooded area of the Osborne estate.
Joint Character Area/Landscape descriptive unit
Isle of Wight Joint Character Area: Northern woodlands, traditional enclosed pasture, Osborne coast, Landscape Improvement Area.
A well wooded landscape in the vicinity of Wootton and the Osborne Estate, linked by hedgerows in the more open area to the west of Wootton. Predominantly pasture, but with some large arable fields.
Hamstead beds, Bembridge Marls, Headon and Osborne Beds with a thin band of Bembridge Limestone.
Alluvium in the river valleys with some river terrace deposits.
Gently undulating landscape crossed by a series of small streams flowing south –north through shallow valleys. The Palmers Brook flows into an estuarine environment at King’s Quay and the Blackbridge Brook flows into Wootton Creek, which is heavily used by recreational sailors and a cross-Solent ferry.
Biodiversity ( BAP habitat, Designated sites UK BAP Species)
SSSIs : King’s Quay Shore, Ryde Sands & Wootton Creek, Briddlesford Copses
SINCs: Springhill/Western Wood, Osborne Estate, Clavell’s Copse, Woodhouse Copse, Lushington Copse, Fattingpark Copse, Quarrel’s Copse, Wallishill Copse, Horseground Copse, Aldeen’s Copse, Woodside Copse, Fernhill Wood, The Old Mill Pond Wootton, New Copse, Quarr Old Abbey, Quarr Wood, Pucker’s Copse, Firestone Copse, Steyne’s Copse, The Keys Wood, Rowlands Wood, Kittenocks, Walkershill Copse, Combley Great Wood, Staplers Heath
UK BAP Species
Woodland Bats; Red Squirrel; Dormouse; Curlew (wintering); Black-tailed godwit (wintering); Lapwing (wintering); Brent goose (wintering); Water vole; White admiral; Dingy Skipper; Marsh tit; Prickly saltwort.
Limited public access at present. Public rights of way network crosses many of the woodlands but this does not extend across the Osborne Estate.
Targets – main opportunities