We have teamed up with local landowner Caroline Knox to open Birchmore Pond in Blackwater. Opening this ponds to more light and warmth has created the perfect environment in particular for dragonflies and damselflies. We have been lucky to be advised by local expert Dave Dana who has found some excellent results, including Azure Damselflies and the dramatic-looking Migrant Hawker.
Work continues at Birchmore Pond to maintain and enhance it for wildlife. The conservation group Isle of Wight Green Gym have work incredibly hard to hugely improve an area for wildlife and enable easier access for people to view the pond and its inhabitants.
How to get there
On foot/By bike – The site which is accessed from the popular National Cycle Route 23 on the Shide to Merstone section.
By bus – Blackwater Hollow Bus Stops (Route3) + 5 min walk. (Bus Timetables)
By Car – There is a gravel road off Blackwater Hollow (follow the signs to Nature Zones) but we don’t recommend it. Better to park in Blackwater Hollow and walk.
There are no formal paths on the site. The surrounding land is uneven in places.
What to look out for
Damselflies and dragonflies.
Managing the site
Information on management plans for this site will follow shortly.
There are various ways you can help improve and maintain our sites. We rely on conservation volunteers to help with many tasks and also need people who are happy to regular visit the site be our “eyes and ears”, this means we can respond much quicker to issues. Find out more here.
You can also help by becoming one of our regular supporters. Even giving a few pounds each month can make a real difference, with your donation being invested into site management and improvement work to benefit site visitors and look after our precious wildlife. Sign up here.