Wildlife news

Explore some of the best freshwater habitats in the UK

Fairy shrimp in a new forest pond by naomi ewald2

Published on Thursday 29 June 2017

A joint press release by the Freshwater Habitats Trust and the New Forest National Park Authority.

Rare birds in the New Forest facing extinction

Eurasian curlew

Published on Tuesday 4 April 2017

Alarming new figures suggest that the curlew is at risk of extinction in southern England, including in its New Forest stronghold.

Reality TV of the feathered kind returns to New Forest


Published on Wednesday 29 March 2017

Nature’s own reality TV is back from Saturday 1 April, giving visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day trials and tribulations of the New Forest life of rare birds.

Mixed fortunes for New Forest bloodsuckers

medicinal leech

Published on Monday 31 October 2016

Hallowe’en is traditionally a time when creepy creatures thrive as darkness descends but for bloodsuckers in the New Forest life is not so rosy.

‘Extinct’ Pine Martens discovered in the New Forest

Pine Marten

Published on Wednesday 30 March 2016

Wildlife enthusiasts undertaking mammal surveys in the New Forest National Park have captured remarkable footage of Pine Martens.

New Forest birds of prey nest watch celebrates 10 years


Published on Tuesday 22 March 2016

Visitors have had the privilege of watching the intimate lives of some of the New Forest’s most impressive birdlife over the last 10 years thanks to high tech video technology.

Prestigious praise for community wildflower meadows

grow wild

Published on Friday 4 September 2015

A wildflower project in the New Forest has been hailed as one of the best in the country by experts from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

National Parks are England’s nature hotspots

Adders and flower reptile centre

Published on Monday 20 July 2015

A new assessment by National Parks England has found that the New Forest and England's nine other National Parks are among the very best places in the country for wildlife.

Viewers have front row seats as goshawk chicks hatch

date with nature 2015

Published on Wednesday 20 May 2015

The births of three goshawk chicks in the New Forest have been watched live online by bird lovers.

TV presenter's wildlife films to mark 10 year anniversary of the New Forest National Park

Simon King 10 year anniversary

Published on Tuesday 24 February 2015

Wildlife films celebrating the world-class landscapes of the New Forest, have been produced to mark its 10 year anniversary as a National Park.

Volunteers create New Forest’s first community woodland

Pondhead Conservation Trust

Published on Thursday 8 January 2015

Volunteers are reviving old forest customs such as charcoal production to care for the New Forest’s first community woodland.

Two thirds of parents have outdoor play concerns

family playing in New Forest

Published on Tuesday 6 January 2015

Almost two thirds of parents based in and around the New Forest have concerns about letting their children play outdoors, a survey suggests.

Rare bird recorded at common for first time in a decade

Luke Parkinson

Published on Tuesday 2 December 2014

An iconic New Forest bird species has been recorded at Barton Common in New Milton for the first time in more than 10 years.

New Forest photo contest attracts record number of entries

seasonal snaps

Published on Friday 21 November 2014

A bellowing stag, highland cattle and brightly-coloured fungi were the prize winners in the autumn edition of the ‘Seasonal Snaps’ photo contest, which received a record number of entries.

Ancient tradition produces world class pork

Luke Parkinson

Published on Thursday 2 October 2014

The ancient New Forest tradition of pannage is producing pork to rival any in the world, thanks to the pigs’ free roaming lifestyle and diet of acorns.

Town turns to animals to maintain wildlife havens

credit Neil Tungate

Published on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Ponies and cattle have been reintroduced onto two open spaces in New Milton to revitalise the sites for the local community.

Volunteers continue fight against alien plants


Published on Wednesday 25 June 2014

Volunteers are heading out into the New Forest this summer to tackle an invasive plant threatening the Forest’s native plant species.

Viewers have ringside seats as first goshawk chicks hatch


Published on Wednesday 30 April 2014

The first three Date With Nature goshawk chicks have been born in the New Forest.

Join us for a Date With Nature


Published on Tuesday 8 April 2014

From Saturday 5 April, visitors will get a privileged peek into the wilder side of New Forest life.

New Forest confirmed as UK stronghold for mystical bird

European nightjar in flight

Published on Tuesday 12 November 2013

One of our most mystical native birds, the rare nightjar, appears to be thriving in the New Forest following historic declines in the rest of the UK.

Dramatic rise in animal traffic deaths as winter approaches


Published on Tuesday 22 October 2013

As the clocks go back at the end of October drivers are being urged to take extra care when driving across the New Forest this winter in a bid to halt the startling rise in pony and cattle road deaths

Nature detectives to hunt for rare singing insect at New Forest BioBlitz

New Forest cicada

Published on Thursday 30 May 2013

Nature detectives are poised for a 24 hour dash to record wildlife in the New Forest, including using smartphones to discover whether a rare singing insect still lives in the area.

It’s back! The New Forest raptorcam gets ready to roll…

Published on Thursday 21 March 2013

From Friday March 29, New Forest visitors will get a privileged peek into the wilder side of Forest life.

Working with local communities to increase wildlife

Published on Friday 30 November 2012

A one year pilot project to encourage local communities to identify wildlife habitats such as grassland, hedgerows, ponds, rivers and woodland is now looking for volunteers.

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