About the Isle of Man

A great place for wildlife-watching

A jewel in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man sits in the centre of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, approximately seventy miles off the coast of the north-west of England.

Looking south on the west coast. Andree DubbeldamWith its wonderful scenery, from rocky outcrops to wide sandy beaches, secluded glens to peaceful woodlands, there are plenty of places to get closer to nature.

The wide-open spaces of the island's countryside offer a unique opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife, all within easy driving or walking distance.

From the open flat plains of the north, with their wide beaches, sand dunes and soft cliff coastal cliffs, to the central hill range and its inter-dividing network of valleys and glens, the island has many contrasting habitats within packed within its coastline.

In the south there's a mix of coastal limestone bedding and volcanic rock features rising up to the sheer coastal cliffs and high ground based on hard Manx slate.

Habitats range from open heather moorlands which adorn the uplands up to the island's highest point, Snaefell, at 621 metres (2034 ft), to low-lying willow and alder carr woodland (called Curragh on the island) in the valleys and post-glacial depression of the northern plain. Much of the island is covered by a small scale field pattern, predominantly grassland, interdivided by dry stone walls and banks or hedges.