Discover the Wild World Around You

Hampshire and Isle of Wight has some of the most spectacular and internationally recognised habitats and wildllife in the country. We have beautiful and rare creatures like the Duke of Burgundy butterfly, internationally important populations of Brent Geese and endangered species such as the Red Squirrel.

We also have extremely important habitats such as the internationally renowned lowland heath of the New Forest, vital seagrass beds in Portsmouth and chalk rivers such as the Itchen that support an abundance of wildlife including otters, water crowfoot and crayfish.   

In this section you can learn all about our amazing species and habitats in our A-Z guides, as well as other examples that can be found around the rest of  the UK. If you'd like to get out and discover some of these species in your own back garden, take a look at our Gardening for Wildlife page for helpful tips and tools on how to bring nature closer to you.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust also work on a number of research and survey projects on various topics relating to the environment in the two counties, which can be found in Research Reports.

If you can't find the wildlife information that you're searching for on the website, we also offer a free information and query service called WildLine, with the answers to WildLine's FAQ's also available online.