Did you know that the Medina Estuary is such an important area for nature conservation that it is protected by six different designations under national and international law. It is particularly recognised for its importance for birds, with its large areas of mudflats providing vital feeding grounds for a variety of species.
Medina Riverside Park offers excellent views of the water and the winter months are some of the best times for bird-watching as the estuary is of particular importance to visiting wading birds such as Black-tailed Godwit, Wigeon and Teal that depend on the estuary’s mud and saltmarsh for feeding, roosting and refuge. The birds that feed here throughout the winter are building up the vital energy supplies that they will need to power their onward migration at the end of the season. Each time they are startled into flight they lose some of these essential reserves and their chances of surviving diminish.
Our Gift To Nature site Medina Riverside Park offers a chance to watch the birds at a distance without startling them. We have put picnic tables here, in case you wish to stay a while, or you might wish to quietly perch on the wall alongside Betina of the Medina and if you are lucky the magnificent swans will sail by.
The site is at the south end of the Cowes to Newport section of Cycletrack NC23 (Red Squirrel Trail) so fits brilliantly with an afternoon walk or cycle. Alternatively, car parking is available.