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  • How much did an Iguanadon weigh?
  • Have you found a fossil, or just another pebble?
  • What did dinosaurs have for dinner?
  • What happened to the Island’s dinosaurs?

These and more questions are answered in a brand new, 38-page Dinosaur Safari Guide, published by Visit Isle of Wight.

Brimming with humour, the Isle of Wight Official Safari Guide is a fun, engaging workbook with ideas, activities and games designed to educate and inspire further learning.  Cartoon character, “Diana Saw” is the book’s roving reporter offering dinosaur-mad kids sensational scoops with her ‘access all areas’ pass to the Isle of Wight.

Written by dinosaur expert Steve Love, the guide includes information on where to see real footprints and maps for walking dinosaur territory, as well as lots of photographs of what to look for and reconstructions by the world-renowned dinosaur book illustrator, John Sibbick.

The Isle of Wight has recently been named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the five “best places in Britain for young fans to come nose-to-nose with dinosaurs – or hunt for fossils”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/familyholidays/11667891/UK-dinosaur-attractions.html

The travel feature, called “Jurassic World: The UK’s best dinosaur attractions”, says that “Dinosaur remains are so ubiquitous on the Isle of Wight that there’s even an app.  Download it to follow in the footsteps of giants, or head to Compton Bay or Yaverland beaches to search for fossils.”

Named the Dinosaur Capital of Britain in 2013, the Isle of Wight is the UK’s fossil finding capital and one of the most important places in the world for finding fossils, including the magnificent Isle of Wight Iguanodon that graces the London Natural History Museum’s famous dinosaur Gallery, and a number of fine and unique dinosaurs in Dinosaur Isle in Sandown.

Visit Isle of Wight feel the new Official Dinosaur Safari Guide is the perfect tool to inspire and educate youngsters – and encourage them to go on “safari” in search of dinosaur sites and attractions on the Island.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “Around the world, dinosaur fossils are actually pretty rare, and even where they are found they are often from just one species, or are just a few fragments.  But here on the Isle of Wight over 20 species of dinosaur have been found so far, some in near-complete condition.  The title Isle of Wight Dinosaur Safari is meant to send a clear message that the Island is one of the most important places in the world for finding dinosaurs”.

Steve Love added: “The idea for this book came when I went to see Isle of Wight tourism chief David Thornton, to ask him why the Island doesn’t do more to raise awareness of its massive worldwide status as a world heritage dinosaur site.  I expected some push-back, so I even took some lumps of dinosaur bone from a local beach to plonk on his desk.  Instead, I found he was asking exactly the same question.  The upshot is that he set me the challenge of writing a book which simultaneously nails the Isle of Wight’s scientific dinosaur credentials, is attractive to visitors, and is accessible to all ages.

“Although I am the author, the book is a team effort by many of the Island’s dinosaur and fossil experts, all of whom, including me, have contributed their time and material for free in the interests of supporting the Island’s visitor economy”.

The Isle of Wight Official Dinosaur Safari Guide is a new must-have for kids who love dinosaurs.    Officially launched at a book-signing event at Waterstones in Newport on 20th August, the book costs just £5 and contains cut-out vouchers worth over £17, which can be used in seven Island shops, cafes and attractions.

Copies can be purchased from the Guildhall visitor centre in Newport, Island tourist information points, dinosaur-related attractions and all good retailers, including Waterstones on the Isle of Wight.   Or, order one online from www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/

For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Press Officer, Tel: 01983 521555, Ext 29/07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Steve Love, the author of the Isle of Wight Official Dinosaur Safari Guide is available on 01983 629497, 07955 736345 and stelov1@yahoo.co.uk.


Notes to editors

 Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org


A fossil from a dinosaur has been discovered on the Isle of Wight, more than a century since the last remains of the predator were found.

The neck vertebra of a dinosaur called ‘Calamosaurus’ was found on a recent fossil hunt by Dave Badman at Chilton Chine.  It is the first fossil of this dinosaur to have been found since the original discovery was made nearly 140 years ago on the Island by the Reverend of Brighstone parish, William Fox.

After his death in 1882, the collection of William Fox was acquired by the Natural History Museum.  While the collection was being catalogued, staff at the museum recognised two unusual vertebrae in the collection, which were later named as a new species ‘Calamosaurus Foxi’.  Since then, no other definite remains of this dinosaur have ever been found.

After finding the fossil, Mr Badman brought the specimen to Dinosaur Isle Museum in Sandown (www.dinosaurisle.com) for identification, where it is now on display.

He commented, “I have looked along the beaches for a long time, searching for fossil remains, and have had a fair amount of success.  However when I saw this fossil, I knew it was something different and that I had a great find.  I took it to Dinosaur Isle straight away to get it identified.  I am very pleased to donate my find to the museum so I know the specimen can help with the understanding of this elusive dinosaur.”

It all further enhances the Isle of Wight’s reputation as the “Dinosaur Capital of Britain” which all started in 2013 when the Natural History Museum in London awarded it that title, continued with a special Walking with Dinosaurs app which allows visitors to be photographed while walking with dinosaurs, the Isle of Wight is also linked with a major new film WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: THE 3D MOVIE, and reached its peak when Royal Mail unveiled ten commemorative dinosaur stamps – each featuring drawings by internationally famous Isle of Wight artist, John Sibbick.

Meanwhile, the Isle of Wight will launch a new event called ‘Dinosaurs by the Sea’ on July 4th/5th (during the Festival of the Sea) when – in additional to other events – there will be an attempt to build the UK’s biggest dinosaur on the beach at Ryde.

A new Dinosaur Safari Guide is also scheduled to be launched later this year.  For more details, visit http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/dinosaur-island.


For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672      E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk