Residents close to Silver Glades Caravan Park claim that the oaks, along with other trees which are thought to be home to dormice, bats and squirrels, have been ‘axed’ by contractors over the past week.
The area, which is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is 3 acres in size, with around 1.5 acres of woodland said to be affected.
Complainants contacted the Isle of Wight Council’s Tree Officer when they noticed the work begin on Saturday, with extra concerns that the work has taken place during the breeding season for Red Squirrels and birds.
It’s understood that Hampshire Constabulary was contacted about the works and that the Forestry Commission is investigating the incident.
An Isle of Wight Council spokesperson said:
“We can confirm the trees are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), on private land and do not benefit from Tree Protection Orders (TPOs) or conservation area protection.
“It is not known who did the work, however depending on the amount of wood removed they may have had to apply for a felling licence from Forestry England.
“Given the age of the trees it is also probable they housed protected habitats such as birds, bats and potentially squirrels which may have been disturbed.
“Such disturbance could be contrary to the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
“Neither of these are within the Isle of Wight Council’s jurisdiction and it understands that the Island’s Forestry Commission officer and the police wildlife and countryside liaison officer have been notified of the situation.”