Sandown Levels is an important wetland site which lies behind Browns Golf and Sandown Zoo. There is currently no public access to the site.
How to get there
There is currently no public access to Sandown Levels. We are managing the site for its conservation value and investigating opportunities to open up part of the site in the future.
What can be seen there
Local expert Jim Baldwin recently visited the site for us. He spotted a juvenile Red-backed Shrike, county rarity as a passage migrant en-route for Africa. Sadly this species is a lot rarer nowadays and has virtually ceased to breed in this country; it has bred on the Island in the past although that was a long time ago. Other autumn migrants were a single Whinchat, a flock of Meadow Pipit located close to the cattle and three Swallow swooping low over the levels feeding up in preparation for their long journey south.
Corvids were present with a mixed flock of Jackdaws and Rooks busily feeding on the insects disturbed by the cattle’s hooves while 12 Carrion Crows were noted around the reserve. Five Magpies sat in a small tree were an unusual sight. A Kestrel was typically hunting over the levels for small mammals while one of the two Buzzards seen was a light-phased bird. Sadly an immature Sparrowhawk seen was freshly dead on the meadows close to the gate and appeared to be the victim of a window strike as it’s neck was broken.
Managing the site
At the moment the best thing we can do with the site is to have it grazed.
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.