Isle of Wight Biosphere

The Isle of Wight received Biosphere reserve status from UNESCO in June 2019.

The Isle of Wight Biosphere Reserve is home to 140,000 inhabitants, making it the second most populous island in northern Europe.

The Island is developing eco-tourism and working with universities and institutions to foster environmental innovation and attract new investment, and testing new measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Below are articles which refer to the Biosphere.

One vision of how great Sandown could become

Inside Eden Dome

Cllr Andre shares her vision of what Sandown could become - sensitively developed into a world-class attraction - if some imagination were applied

Sunday, 17th January, 2021 6:28pm

By Debbie Andre with one comment

Sea defence work around the Isle of Wight will bring improved habitat for biodiversity thanks to innovative companies

Piles of Vertipools

After the work has been completed in four sites around the Isle of Wight the habitat will be in a better state than before for our precious biodiversity

Tuesday, 10th November, 2020 8:57am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 2 readers' comments

Farmers will play their part in restoring protected sites and landscapes, says CLA

Freshwater Bay and beyond

Farmers are “determined to play their part”, says the CLA, as an initiative launches to recover nature across the country

Friday, 6th November, 2020 11:49am

By Michael Sims with 10 readers' comments

Blue Moon on Halloween: A once in 19 years event taking place this month

blue moon team and lanterns

This family-friendly event from The New Carnival Company has inspired local artists, schools and communities, who have been busy preparing and making illuminations for the outdoor spectacle

Wednesday, 21st October, 2020 3:34pm

By Chris Slann with one comment

MP sets out his vision for UK’s first ‘Island Park’ on the Isle of Wight

Freshwater Bay and beyond

The MP shares his vision to create the UK’s first ‘Island park’ with the Government. Details within

Monday, 5th October, 2020 1:26pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 9 readers' comments

Call for work on Isle of Wight sea defences to increase biodiversity

Very first vertipools in Bouldnor

The Isle of Wight MP has asked ministers whether Isle of Wight sea defence schemes could include features to benefit marine wildlife

Monday, 14th September, 2020 12:18pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 5 readers' comments

Letter: Diamond Races ‘an extreme threat to safety and well-being of residents, families, cyclists and walkers’

road view of sandy way shorwell

This readers believes the Isle of Wight TT - Diamond Races would be "an extreme threat to the safety and well being of the residents, and the many families, cyclists and walkers the Island has worked so hard to attract"

Monday, 24th August, 2020 1:09pm

By Lydia Fulleylove with 30 readers' comments

TV’s Nick Baker celebrates Isle of Wight’s UNESCO Biosphere status

Nick Baker explores the IW by bicycle

TV presenter and Isle of Wight fan, Nick Baker, crossed the Solent for a cycle tour to visit his favourite spots and find out more about the Island's exciting environmental initiatives

Tuesday, 4th August, 2020 10:20am

By Karen Woods with 4 readers' comments

Letter: Defer UKOG oil exploration planning application

arreton drilling ukog

Alison Goodchild believes the UKOG planning application for oil exploration has been submitted under cover of a global pandemic and calls for it to be deferred

Friday, 24th July, 2020 9:05am

By Alison Goodchild with 7 readers' comments

Letter claims Isle of Wight MP told UKOG he wouldn’t object to their drilling application (updated)

Bob Seely in Parliament

UKOG wants to drill for oil in Arreton. Bob Seely recently announced that he’d put in an objection to their planning application. This letter (shown in full) claims he met them in Westminster in Aug 2019 and told them he wouldn’t object. MP refutes the claims

Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 12:34pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Oil drilling plans are ‘entirely inappropriate for the Isle of Wight’ says MP: Read his objection in full

bob seely in parliament

Bob Seely MP has set out a range of objections to the plans for oil drilling on the Isle of Wight, which he states would be entirely inappropriate for the Island. Read them in full here

Wednesday, 15th July, 2020 9:15am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 7 readers' comments

Share your Happy First Isle of Wight Biosphere Birthday messages

happy birthday iow biosphere

Send in your recorded Happy Birthday message and it'll be added to Biosphere Birthday Message the Movie in time for the Isle of Wight's first UNESCO Biosphere Birthday

Tuesday, 16th June, 2020 2:12pm

By Claire Hector