I spy at Fort Victoria...
Just for fun here are some things you may or may not see during your day at Fort Victoria Country Park, see how many you can spot on your visit....
Our Country Park is home to red squirrels, if you stand quietly among the trees and look up you may just catch a glimpse of one scurrying amongst the trees.
Spitfire fly past
Spitfire pleasure flights routinely fly to the Isle of Wight, with Fort Victoria being in the flight path, sometimes we get three fly pasts a day. If you are lucky you might get to experience the roar of the Merlin engine as one passes low over head. For more information on the spitfire flights see here - https://www.spitfires.com/
Ships passing by
We have the best viewpoint of the western entrance to the Solent, the Victorians built a fort here for a reason right! Although no longer used by cruise ships you will often see transport ships, Royal navy ships and heritage vessels passing by the fort.
The Island has its own small population of Harbour seals, if you are very very lucky, on the calmest of days, when the sea is very still you may spot one or two swimming off of the fort. Look for their dog like heads popping up from the water.
White tailed sea eagles
The Isle of Wight is part of an exciting project to re introduce White tailed sea eagles to Britain, with a release program being undertaken for the past few years. If you are really really lucky, you may spot one riding the thermals high in the sky or even luckier hunting in the solent. For more information on the Sea eagle project visit here - https://www.roydennis.org/
The Coast Guard Helicopter regularly flies over the fort on its way to rescues, and sometimes we are treated to dramatic training exercises in the solent with grandstand views from the fort.