This is the site of the former Merstone Station (previously Merstone Junction Station) but now the machines passing through have two wheels and are human powered, as the old railway line has been converted to a cycle track. The site is now a wildflower meadow and orchard.
How to get there
By bus – Newlands Stop (Route 2) is right outside. (Bus Timetables)
By Car – There is a gravel car park on site, parking is currently free of charge. Approx site postcode for satnav PO30 3DQ
The site is level and has a well surfaced cycle track running through it.
What to look out for
The station platform is still in place, but has been colonised by wildlife! It is now managed as a wildflower meadow, full of colour in spring and summer, attracting lots of bees and butterflies.
There are picnic tables available next to the platform.
The wildflower meadow continues on the opposite side of the island platform to the cycle track. At the North end of the site the track becomes wooded and you might manage to spot Red Squirrels if you take a walk or cycle this way. There are a number of circular walks available around the site.
Those wonderful people at the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeology Society conducted a botany survey of Merstone Station in June 2018. The results can be read here.
Managing the site
The site is managed for wildflowers, with annual cutting and removal of arisings to ensure the flowers don’t get overrun by grasses and scrub. A range of fruit trees were planted a few years ago providing food for humans and animals alike. The blossom also provides a great source of early nectar.
There are various ways you can help improve and maintain our sites. We rely onconservation 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.