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.

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

Residents urged to take litter home with them and help protect Isle of Wight’s beauty and nature

Island Roads operative emptying a Litter bin

The Isle of Wight council implore Islanders to take their litter home and dispose of it in their recycling and waste bins. Doing so may also help contain the spread of Coronavirus

Friday, 5th June, 2020 9:34am

By Claire Robertson with 3 readers' comments

Belgium’s Captain Boomer heads to Sandown as Hullabaloo organisers win £65,500 grant

hullabaloo 2017

Hullabaloo will be welcoming international artists, The Captain Boomer Collective, who'll be bringing a giant sea ‘beast’ to create a highlight for this year’s focus on the coastal environment and the Isle of Wight Biosphere

Tuesday, 10th March, 2020 10:38am

By Rosemary Richards

Isle of Wight and Sandown Bay feature in The Guardian’s ‘Where to go on holiday in 2020: the alternative hotlist’

futuristic retro island article

Sandown Bay and the brilliant work being carried out by The Common Space features prominently in The Guardian's 'Where to go on holiday in 2020: the alternative hotlist'

Sunday, 5th January, 2020 10:30am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Live: Isle of Wight hustings on Biosphere, climate and economy

microphone with person sitting in the background

If you couldn't make it along to the hustings follow our live reporting from the debate to hear where five of the candidates stand on the Biosphere, climate and the future economy

Monday, 2nd December, 2019 5:04pm

By Sally Perry with 30 readers' comments

Letter: No to proposed 465 houses on historic farmland in Ryde

Stop halt sign:

Cllr Michael Lilley is calling for a moratorium on all large scale planning applications in Ryde until there is a fit-for-purpose road infrastructure plan and a new Island Plan which has realistic housing targets and recognises climate change, farming needs and the Island's status as UNESCO Biosphere reserve

Tuesday, 5th November, 2019 8:50am

By Michael Lilley with 5 readers' comments

Build on Isle of Wight’s remarkable history and architecture say Historic England to the council

Quay Arts

Following a two-day visit to the Island, the Historic Places Panel declared the Isle of Wight faces a number of problems including empty shops, buildings in disrepair and traffic congestion. They make several recommendations to the council.

Monday, 23rd September, 2019 11:44am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Wildflowers on Island verges need protection, says Isle of Wight MP

wildflower verge

The Isle of Wight MP said, “It’s really important that we protect our beautiful wildflowers on the Island. Not only do they enhance the beauty of our Island, but they also provide a vital habitat for wildlife.”

Monday, 9th September, 2019 1:20pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 5 readers' comments

Under the Pier in a Biosphere, where people, wildlife and place come together

People on the beach

Always a great afternoon out, exploring wildlife under the pier in Ryde with ecology and environmental experts. All welcome.

Monday, 19th August, 2019 3:37pm

By Claire Hector