close x

Wildlife

The National Park is teeming with a huge range of birds, deer, dragonflies, reptiles and much more.

A world capital for wildlife

The New Forest is rich in wildlife thanks to the wonderful mosaic of wet and dry heaths, mires and bogs, ancient pasture woodland, coniferous plantations, acid grasslands, mixed farmland and coastline. This combination of natural environments is hard to find anywhere else in western Europe. These pages help you discover some of the area’s most unusual, interesting or easy-to-spot wildlife.
Bats

Bats

Dragonflies and damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies

Heathland birds

Heathland birds

Wading birds

Wading birds

Gillie
Molland
Lead Ranger

profile

'To help ground nesting birds rear their young safely, keep yourself, dogs and ridden horses on the main tracks from the beginning of March to the end of July.'

Keep up to date on the latest from the National Park

Have you spotted one of these on the back of a lorry yet?

Have you spotted one of these on the back of a lorry yet?

We continue our series of posts by project officers from the Heritage Lottery Fund Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership...

View Blog
Annual Forest art competition opens for entries

Annual Forest art competition opens for entries

Sculptors, painters and photographers are invited to compete to win prizes for their work inspired by the New Forest. The...

View News
Newsletter Image

Sign-up for email updates

Six free walking routes - just sign up for New Forest news Newsletter

Key To Map

Choose the categories you would like to display on the map.