IWBOA: Upper Medina Valley
Opportunity area description
River valley south of Newport as far as Chale Green.
Joint Character Area/Landscape descriptive unit
Isle of Wight Joint Character Area: Intensive arable land, sandstone hill and gravel ridges.
Rolling arable farmland, with scattered woodland in a wide valley.
Mudstone, sandstone, and ferruginous sands.
Extensive alluvium and peat deposits.
Narrow stream heavily modified by river engineering crosses a wide sandstone vale. Irrigation storage reservoirs have been constructed in several places.
Biodiversity ( BAP habitat, Designated sites UK BAP Species)
SSSIs : The Wilderness, Cridmore Bay
SINCs: Billingham Manor Farm, Sibdown Farm Copse, Gatcombe Withybed, River Medina: Shide to Blackwater
UK BAP Species
Water vole; Cornflower; Skylark; Yellowhammer; Linnet; Woodland Bats
Footpaths cross the area, but no access along the length of the river.
Targets – main opportunities