Munsley Bog is a small wetland site and a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC) with very high historic nature conservation value much declined in recent years through lack of management. The site is split into 3 ownerships only one of which is publicly accessible: a plot owned by Godshill Parish Council. This part has been managed by Gift to Nature.
Our desire is to improve the site for both nature and people, and we will be seeking funding to help make this happen.
How to get there
On foot/By bike – The bog is a short walk from the end of May Close, Godshill along footpath GL25. There are no cycle racks.
By bus – Dubbers or Yarborough Close stop (Routes 2/3). (Bus Timetables)
By Car – On street parking is available in surrounding streets. Please park considerately. PO38 3HB for your sat nav.
Access is via grass paths and a boardwalk. There are steps to the boardwalk on one side of the bog, and at the other side the stile is not passable for people with dogs. The nearest public toilets are in the main car park in the village of Godshill (PO38 3JD) what3words ///totals.paintings.divisions. These are about 10 minutes flat walk away along the roads, be careful of traffic. There are many refreshment choices within Godshill village.
We will be updating our Site Access Statements during 2022. Please watch this space.
What to look out for
This is one of the few sites on the Isle of Wight were you will find typical bog habitat, supporting plants like bog myrtle, cross–leaved heath, heath spotted orchid and marsh pennywort. We are also looking for signs of sundew and cotton grass here – both used to be present but had disappeared.
Managing the site
The bog is managed in sections, the area owned by Godshill Parish Council who kindly contribute towards management costs. is visited annually and we work to maintain the open species-rich wetland which produces sheets of orchids in the summer. We have cleared bramble, bracken and willow, in order to make room for smaller wetland plants. We have also repaired dams in order to maintain water tables, again to help these type of plants flourish. The cut willow was reused to create a woven willow fence to replace a broken section of the existing cleft-oak fencing.
There are various ways you can help improve and maintain our sites. We rely on volunteers to help with many tasks on our sites 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. Our shop raises money to support our work and needs a team of volunteers. Or maybe you would like to help us with events. 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.