Many species of birds are at home in the Chine, some friendly, some very shy, all enjoying the tranquillity of the open space and its sanctuary. These include the blackbird, robin, blue tit and grey wagtails – and under cover, rescue birds such as cockatiels, Meyers parrots, Senegal parrots, and Asian blue quails. You may also see a kestrel on or near the cliffs at the back of Fisherman’s Cottage.
We have offered a sanctuary for rescue birds for 37 years and look after and care for them, offering the best quality of life, aside from being placed in their natural habitat.
A lot of the birds come to us stressed, with loss of feathers – with our care and attention they flourish and in fact we have a good record of feather re-growth, which shows how happy they are.
With effect from 1 March 2018 Shanklin Chine is now a registered Charity (Charity No.1173736) known as The Shanklin Chine Trust. The main purpose of the Charity is to protect the Chine & Birds and ensure it is maintained for current and future generations. It must be stressed that Shanklin Chine is a Site of Important Nature Conservation (SINC) and an integral part of our Natural & National Heritage.
In the less shaded areas of the Chine there is more light, which encourages a variety of flowering plants, which in turn attracts many species of butterfly. The stream and ponds with their moist banks and bog plants are a good habitat for dragonflies and damselflies.
Some of the dark hidey holes of Shanklin Chine are home to Meta menardi, the cave spider, an unusual, shy and hardly-ever recorded spider which lives almost exclusively in complete darkness, and so is hardly ever seen and often thought of as very rare.
Island-bred chipmunks are among the residents, fascinating to watch and you cannot help but stop and enjoy their amusing antics. Whilst the red squirrels occupy the tree top canopy, on the ground, foxes and badgers are regular visitors too.
If you’re lucky you may see a red squirrel. We believe we have three families of red squirrels and we are encouraging them to breed, as this environment is very attractive for these animals with its vast amounts of food and safe and secure cover.
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