Countryside

Countryside management

Volunteers and rangers with a bridge they built

We manage sites owned by us and cover practical countryside issues across the Island. We also provide advice, carry out monitoring and liaise with landowners and interest groups. The majority of our sites are currently managed on our behalf by Gift to Nature

Conservation work

We have a history of working directly and indirectly on land in private ownership where public benefit can be obtained, usually by public access. Although a smaller part of our work, there are still important responsibilities towards non-council bodies for continued advice, assistance and sometimes practical labour.

Volunteering

Lots of people on the Isle of Wight join with the rangers and countryside staff to get involved in practical conservation work through the very popular volunteer days. The involvement of volunteers has enabled us to carry out many tasks that otherwise would not be possible. The work carried out is varied and includes practical habitat management, enhancing biodiversity and improving public access to the countryside.

Find out how you can get involved with volunteering.

Bob Edney Countryside Conservation Award 2021

Nominations are invited that show good conservation work, help people become involved with their local countryside, and that have a lasting impact.  

Please complete the nomination form and tell us why you or, the person or business you have nominated, should receive the award. You can nominate yourself, or others, if you wish. You can submit as many nominations as you want.  

We are particularly interested in receiving submissions focusing on activity from a group or individual who has demonstrated some or all of these:

  • A positive lasting impact on the management and enhancement of the countryside on the Isle of Wight 
  • Improved accessibility for all to the natural environment 
  • Created greater awareness of good conservation practice and principles 
  • Encouraged greater involvement and engagement by a diverse range of people 
  • Made a positive difference to the local community 
  • Promoted volunteering

The successful nominee will receive an award of £1,000.

  • Nominations close on 30 November 2021
  • All entries will be assessed by a panel made up of council staff and partner agencies
  • Site visits may be made to short-listed nominees in line with COVID-19 regulations
  • Nominees and nominators agree to participate in publicity about the award
  • The decision of the panel is final

If you have any enquiries, please email commercial.services@iow.gov.uk.