A large area of meadow and woodland in the middle of Ryde adjoining the Monktonmead Brook. We love Swanmore Meadows but we know it is looking a bit tired and in need of attention. Thanks to funding from Postcode Lottery Trust and Isle of Wight Council we will embarking on a programme of improving paths and managing scrub this year. We would also like to improve access from Oakfield, but need to find some more funding for this.
How to get there
On foot/By bike – Quarry Lane provides the main access into the site from the north. To the south Rosemary Lane links the site to Ashey Road and via a pedestrian crossing across the railway to Oakfield.
By bus/train – St John’s Road Station (Train, Routes 2/3/8) then access the site along Quarry Road. (Bus Timetables)
By Car – On-street parking in Quarry Road, or the closest car park is at Ryde St John’s Station, postcode for satnav PO33 2BA
Paths through the site are mainly laid to grass. In wet weather parts of this site are muddy.
What to look out for
This meadow is typical of many grassy areas that used to be common in the northern parts of the Isle of Wight, but which are now less easy to find. Look out for grassland and woodland animals and plants, birds such as woodpeckers, blue tits, jays and chaffinches are often to be seen and heard.
Keep an eye on the pond and the Monktonmead Brook to see some freshwater wildlife – frogs and newts are known to use the pond!
Managing the site
Information on management of the 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.
A lot of work is needed to make Swanmore Meadows easy to use, and to keep it in good condition for wildlife.
A grant from Ryde Town Council in 2016 has enabled us to begin work to improve access to the site from Quarry Road.
Works at Swanmore Meadows in 2016 are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, awarding funds from Postcode Local Trust.
We are also receiving funding from Down To The Coast Landscape Partnership to engage with local people.