As many of you are probably aware, the Roy Dennis Foundation has started a consultation on the re-introduction the White Tailed Sea Eagle to the Island.
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Sea Eagle in flight

These majestic birds were once commonplace along the whole of the south coast, but as with many of these apex predators, persecution ended their reign in the late 1700’s.

As a closet birdwatcher myself, and having spent a lot of time on the west coast of Scotland, you can imagine my excitement when the idea was first publicised. The re-introduction would be a dream come true. Of course, there is a lot of hard work to be done to ensure the welfare of the birds, but also to ensure land owners, farmers and locals are given the chance to express their concerns.
On a personal level, I feel the project has great potential. I sit at my desk and look out over Tennyson Down, imagining that at some point in the near future I might be watching eagles.
But what is the flip side to this? Is there a negative impact?
I have read the facebook posts and coverage in the local paper and there seems to be real concerns from various parts of the community. Whether you agree with them or not, these concerns must be addressed. It is important to highlight these issues, so that we can all base our decision on fair and relevant information.

As mentioned earlier, I have spent a lot of time in Scotland where there are healthy numbers of both Golden and White Tailed Eagles. I regularly visit the Isle of Mull specifically to see these birds and other species.

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Hoody and Sea Eagle sharing the skies
I have been visiting Mull at least twice a year for the past 5-6 years and have seen first hand what the Raptors bring to the Island. There is a thriving tourism industry based around the birds, from guided walks to boat trips out to photograph the eagles feeding. This has allowed local business and land owners to diversify and cater for the influx of tourists each year. I defy anyone seeing these birds in the wild not to be in awe. This is what brings me back time and time again.
So what will all this mean for us? Putting aside the obvious tourism benefits what else will this bring to the fore?
Well, the Island environment lends itself perfectly to the needs of these birds. With rich fishing grounds available through the spring and summer, and countless water birds on our estuaries during the winter. With the introduction of this species comes extensive protection of these environments, ensuring they are kept pristine for generations to come. I have heard concerns over our red squirrel population, but in reality a bird with a 2.5m wingspan would struggle to catch one. Red squirrels already live harmoniously with eagles in Scotland.
During the lambing season I have seen eagles feeding on lambs. Whether the lambs were dead or not prior to eagle feeding I can only guess, but with all the times I have visited Mull I have seen this only once. Mostly I have seen them feeding around the coast.
As an Islander, I support this project fully.
As a birder, I await the outcome of the public consultation with baited breath.
From an ecology point of view I feel we have an obligation to support a species that we were responsible for removing. I look forward to the possibility of seeing these birds alongside all the other wonderful species that call our Island home.
Jim ‘the Bird’ Robotham
Oracle of all things Outdoors


Are you an Isle of Wight based AirBnB Host? Pride yourself on giving THE BEST local inside knowledge to your guests? Want to have a go at one of our awesome activities for FREE? Read on below!

We love Adventure and we know that as an AirBnB Host you’re your guests Travel Agent for the Isle of Wight, offering the best inside local tips and knowledge. We want to show you what we do so you can give your guests an unforgettable trip to the Isle of Wight. There’s no catch! We know that you are the most important people when it comes to your guests choice on what to do when on the Island!

On the weekends of the 9th/10th and 16th/17th June we are opening our doors and offering FREE Activities to AirBnB Hosts! All you have to do is call our booking office on 01983 755838 quoting ‘AirBnB’ to join one of our sessions. You can choose what you want to do from (Archery/Axe Throwing/ Mountain Boarding/ Climbing/ Kayaking & Coasteering). You may bring a plus 1 (Two people per booking Max). All our Activities are run and guided by trained professional instructors.

We will take a £5 refundable deposit per person which will be refunded on your arrival and presentation of AirBnB host status (show us your hosting dashboard on the App!).

Bookings will be taken on a First Come First Served Basis.

Please feel free to contact us on 01983 755838 or if you have any questions!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Adventure Activities IOW Team


This week we held an ‘Open Day’ for local Isle of Wight tourism focussed businesses. We thought this would be a great opportunity to get some of the best local businesses to come down, see what we do and make some new friends!

We put on a selection of activities throughout the day that businesses could sign up to at both out Tapnell Farm and Freshwater Bay sites (Archery, Axe Throwing, Mountain Boarding, Kayaking & MegaSUP!). Archie (our youngest team member) was also wonderful as our very own Barista!

Sam & Archie, coffee boys extraordinaire!

Sam and Archie, coffee boys extraordinaire!

IOW Pearl throwing some Axes

IOW Pearl throwing some Axes





The day was a great success, we had sign ups from over 20 island businesses ranging from local accommodation providers to cafes. Everyone had an awesome time and we’ve included a few snippets of feedback below.

Some of our lovely team!

Some of our lovely team!


Businesses before getting on the water!


We felt this was a great opportunity to get likeminded businesses together, have some fun and hopefully create some great partnerships going forward that will enable locals and visitors alike to make the most of the best IOW Experiences!


We will certainly be running an other event at some point in the future. If you would like to attend, or know someone who may, please register your interest here.

Below is a list of the great companies that came over and where you can find more about them:


Mega SUP on the Isle of Wight

Get your Christmas gifts early and SAVE!

No more novelty socks, ill-fitting jumpers or unused bath products, give the GIFT OF ADVENTURE this year!


For this weekend only, we are offering a whopping 50% OFF LAND ADVENTURE vouchers (with code LANDADVENTURE50) and 30% OFF WATER ADVENTURE vouchers (with code WATERADVENTURE30)

DON’T MISS OUT and get your Christmas shopping out the way early! 

Our Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months and are perfect for those who crave adventure and adrenaline! Or perhaps you fancy giving a friend or family member a memorable treat of trying something new!​

Choose to print the voucher out immediately or have a beautifully packaged voucher posted out to you to put underneath the tree.

The small print:
These discounts are valid on the following gift vouchers only; Archery Experience, Axe Throwing Experience, Bushcraft Experience, Climbing Experience, Mountain Boarding Experience, Coasteering Adventure, Kayaking Adventure and Paddleboarding Adventure. These discounts may not be applied to group bookings or used in conjunction with any other offer. All Adventures must be booked in advance and are subject to availbility. The code must be entered upon purchase and is not valid on pre-existing purchases. Vouchers are non-refundable and may not be resold or transferred. Offer is valid until 9am 27/11/17.

Its not easy to remember all of our birthdays, but some of them can be hard to forget. Let’s make this birthday a memory to remember.
Our team know how special a child’s birthday can be and important it is to ensure that they get what they are expecting, so we make sure that the adventure that they have they and their friends will remember.
Every Adventure party includes:
  • A wide choice of activities including Mountain Boarding, Archery, Climbing, Survial Skills, Zorbing*, Circus Skills, High Ropes* and more…
  • Expert instruction from our highly trained and passionate fun-structors (web guys note – I didn’t come up with that name)
  • Cafe, Restaurant and farm shop for adults to head off to ‘take some time’ for, well, you know.
  • Pre-parpred Birthday Cake and Party Food
  • Party invitation supplied for you to hand out
With all this planned and put together before you arrive and with a fixed price of £100 for a two hour adventure party not only will all the children be having a great time, but parties are fantastic value for money and stress free for parents from start to finish.

Family Kayaking Adventure

Kayaking on the Isle of Wight in Freshwater. Do you want to have fun paddling under cliffs, visiting caves and sheltered bays? Maybe, if you choose to, surfing ocean waves or riding the swells through the gaps in the cliff walls.
The aim of these two hour activities is a fun and safe introduction to kayaking in a stunning location, with family, friends or meeting new people who have a similar interest. You will be safe in the hands of the most highly skilled, experienced and well qualified kayaking guides on the Isle of Wight. You literally can’t get kayaking on the Isle of Wight like this anywhere else!
Mountain Boarding Adventures on the Isle of Wight. Do you want to have fun rushing down a hill side on a board? We’ll get you to the stage where you can take on a few jumps. Mountain Boarding is great fun and exciting to learn.
Our Mountain Boarding Adventure will introduce you to the equipment and show you the basics and much more. You’ll take on the rollers and some of the drop offs if you are feeling brave.
Climbing on the Isle of Wight. Do you want to try rock climbing in a safe atmosphere with friendly instructors?
Our introduction to Climbing will introduce you to challenge of climbing, but as slowly and as gently as you want. If you feel like you want to do some harder climbing, or you are in a mixed group, don’t worry our experienced instructors will find plenty to challenge you.
For your Climbing Adventure, you will meet us at our base at our Tapnell adventure centre. Your instructor will greet you, explain what is going to happen and then get you kitted out for the 30 minute adventure.
You will be given a top quality climbing equipment.
These climbing adventures are aimed at those who have never climbed before and for family groups who want to stay together.

Adult Kayaking Adventure

Kayaking on the Isle of Wight. Do you want to have fun paddling under cliffs, visiting caves and sheltered bays? Maybe, if you choose to, surfing ocean waves or riding the swells through the gaps in the cliff walls.
The aim of these two hour activities is a fun and safe introduction to kayaking in a stunning location, with family, friends or meeting new people who have a similar interest. You will be safe in the hands of the most highly skilled, experienced and well qualified kayaking guides on the Isle of Wight. You literally can’t get kayaking on the Isle of Wight like this anywhere else!

Coasteering Adventure

Coasteering is a unique adventure sport where you experience the exhilaration of sea level traversing, rock climbing, cliff jumping and swimming into sea caves. It’s a coastal exploration along the wild and beautiful Isle of Wight coastline.
Coasteering on the Isle of Wight is the closest coasteering to London and the South East. At Adventure Activities Isle of Wight we love all types of outdoor sports, Coasteering is one of our favorites though; Jumping over rock archways, swimming through wave filled gaps, climbing up cliffs and ducking under water into invisible caves are just a few of the experiences to be had.
You will get the choice about most things whilst Coasteering, apart from getting wet, and having fun, you get no choice about having fun!
We are the only provider of Coasteering on the Isle of Wight and our adventures are run by qualified outdoor professionals who have a vast experience of the coastal environment. We are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service and are very proud of our exemplary safety record.