Our wildlife is many and varied.
Our island has a unique mix of species, on our land, in our seas and in the sky above us.
Situated in the middle of the Irish Sea, we are surrounded by marine wildlife, from basking sharks to dolphins, minke whales, seals and sea birds.
The range of mammal species present on the island is very different to that of our nearest neighbours.
Whilst we have both brown and mountain hares, stoats, polecats and hedgehogs, plus some true aliens, wallabies and mountain goats, many species of British mammal are absent.
Our island has a wide range of habitats, from open heather moorlands through low-lying willow and alder carr woodland to the post-glacial depression of the northern plain.
Much of the island is covered by a small-scale field pattern, predominantly grassland, inter-divided by dry stone walls and banks or hedges.
The topography of the island is quite varied too. 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, while in the south there is 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.