Image kindly supplied by Wight Nature Fund

Pelham Wood

What to look out for

This is a steeply sloping woodland site. It has an interesting mix of native plants such as harts-tongue fern, lesser celandine, snowdrop, bluebell, green alkanet and pendulous sedge, as well as some garden escapees such as Italian lords and ladies and buddleia. Just as the bluebells start to fade, look out for Yellow archangel. Although it is a member of the dead-nettle family, it won’t sting you and looks glorious.

If you tread quietly you might spot a red squirrel or butterflies such as speckled wood and comma.

Look out for the pond and boardwalk by the road.

Managing the site

This site belongs to the Isle of Wight Council and was managed by Wight Nature Fund from 1997 until 2021. It joined the Gift to Nature portfolio in April 2022. During our first year we will follow the sites exiting management plan and assess any amendments we feel may be necessary.

How to get there

On foot/By bike – The site can be accessed from Undercliff Drive, just west of the entrance to Inglewood Park. The site can also be accessed by footpath / bridleway V76 and footpath V117. There are currently no cycle racks on site.

By bus – Seeven Sisters Road stop (Route 31) and 5 minutes walk. (Bus Timetables)

By Car – There is no car park on this site but there is limited street parking nearby. Approximate code for your sat nav is PO38 1XJ.

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Access

This is a really steep woodland and if you have mobility issues, then this probably is not the site for you. The site has a lot of steps and at all times of year the unmade paths can be muddy.

There are no nearby public toilets. The nearest toilets are in the town of Ventnor.

We will be updating our Site Access Statements during 2022. Please watch this space.

Get involved

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.