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IWBOA: Medina Estuary

 Medina Estuary

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Opportunity area description

The rural areas of the Medina Estuary between Newport and Cowes.

Joint Character Area/Landscape descriptive unit

IW Joint Character Area: Harbours and creeks, traditional enclosed pasture, landscape improvement area.

Landscape types

Tidal estuary surrounded by farmland, predominantly arable with some pasture, and scattered ancient and secondary woodlands joined by hedgerows.

Geology (bedrock)

Hamstead beds.

Geology (superficial)


Topography (landform)

Shallow valley with tidal estuary, saltmarsh and mudflats. Small streams draining into the estuary.

Biodiversity ( BAP habitat, Designated sites UK BAP Species)

SSSIs : Medina Estuary

SINCs:Cowes Cemetery and Woods, Calvingclose Copse, Simmington Copse, Waterclose Copse, Great Werrar Wood, Little Werrar Wood, Werrar Meadow, Stag Copse, Stag Lane Pond, Dodnor Creek, Blackbush Copse, Heathfield Farm, Heathfield Copse

BAP habitat

UK BAP Species

Curlew (wintering); Black-tailed godwit (wintering), Lapwing (wintering); Brent goose (wintering); Red squirrel; Dormouse; White Admiral; Reed bunting; Herring Gull; Starling (winter roost).


Cycleway on western side, footpaths on eastern side, linking to make a circular walk.

Targets – main opportunities

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