IWBOA: Southern Uplands
Opportunity area description
The high ground to the north of Ventnor and south west of Shanklin, extending as far north as the Appuldurcombe estate and including the coast from Ventnor to Shanklin Chine.
Joint Character Area/Landscape descriptive unit
Isle of Wight Joint Character Area: Chalk downs, The Undercliff, traditional enclosed pasture.
Rolling chalk downs with some heathland, sandstone hills and wooded slopes. Extensive holm oak woodland above Ventnor on the Undercliff.
Chalk overlying sandstones, which are exposed on the northern edges. Landslip.
Clay with flints. River gravels.
Steep south facing slopes.
Biodiversity ( BAP habitat, Designated sites UK BAP Species)
SSSIs : Rew Down, Ventnor Dows, Greatwood & Cliff Copses, Bonchurch Landslips
SINCs: Appuldurcombe Down, Rew Copse, Watcombe Bottom, Pitts Farm Down, Wroxall Copse, Ventnor Radio Station, St Martin’s Down, Hungerberry Copse, Lynch Copse, Luccombe Chine, Monk’s Bay, Bonchurch Undercliff
UK BAP Species
Woodland bats; Early gentian; Adder; Red squirrel; Small blue; Grizzled skipper; Suite of soft cliff invertebrates including Chestnut click beetle and Glanville fritillary; White helleborine.
Open access over part of the area.
Targets – main opportunities