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The latest list can be viewed HERE. March saw some notable additions, namely Lesser Redpolls and Siskins, an early Swallow and perhaps the most surprising and out-of-place bird – a Red-legged Partridge, which generally prefers farmland and open scrubland. These new additions take our bird species up to 93.

The badgers are very active around the Island, and hopefully this month we may see some cubs. There are at least two foxes - we think one is a youngster that has not yet learned to fully respect badgers! Although we have not recently seen the Muntjac fawn, two females and a male have been sighted.


This amazing drone footage will take you on a tour of Holt Island as you've never seen it before! Following the Holt Island boardwalk, this film highlights the many features on the Island, including the beehives, osier beds and meadow. Have your sound on for a fully immersive experience.

View the video HERE


Schools and youth groups are very welcome to book visits.  The Holt is now opened for visiting groups and we will try to offer volunteers to help you.There are a lot of activity worksheets and our Education Pack available on the website to download, for use on the Island


Holt Island is an oasis of tranquillity in the centre of St Ives town. The Island provides a variety of habitats which attract a wide range of birds, mammals, plants and insects.

Holt Island BadgerFormerly used to grow willow for basket-making, the Island became overgrown when this ended. This changed its appearance and attracted many different types of wildlife. Today the island is home to mammals such as voles, shrews, deer, badgers, bats and foxes. Plants such as yellow flag iris, purple loosestrife and comfrey thrive. Tortoiseshell, red admiral and peacock butterflies can be seen along with dragonflies and damselflies. And a huge variety of birds including kingfishers, warblers, and blackcaps can be seen. For more information about what you could see CLICK HERE.  Photo © Nigel Sprowell.

The Island has a raised boardwalk, which makes the Reserve accessible to prams and wheelchairs, and there is plenty of seating, some with picnic tables. The Holt cabin, complete with bench seating, a nature table, books and children's activity sheets and displays is worth a visit. For more information to plan your visit CLICK HERE.

We have events and activities taking place throughout the season – see the links on our home page for more information.

We have an amazing video on YouTube which tells you all about Holt Island and shows it in its Autumn glory  CLICK HERE TO WATCH

For a downloadable information leaflet CLICK HERE.