Habitats & 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.

Fire service issue heathland fire safety appeal

controlled burning

Published on Thursday 13 April 2017

Firefighters are issuing an appeal for people to stay safe while enjoying the New Forest this weekend.

New ‘top dog’ at New Forest National Park

Dawn Rayment

Published on Tuesday 11 April 2017

A new four-legged ‘apprentice’ is learning how to be a forest friendly dog with the National Park Authority ranger team.

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.

Becoming bird aware

Common Redshank

Published on Wednesday 8 March 2017

A new initiative has been unveiled as part of a partnership to protect vulnerable birds that spend the winter on the Solent.

Nearly 2000 new wildlife sightings recorded in the New Forest

Common blue butterfly by Ruth Kernohan.

Published on Tuesday 21 February 2017

Amateur naturalists have created 1,950 new wildlife records for 143 species in the New Forest as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project in the national park.

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.

New Forest fungi - a feast for your eyes

Forest fungi at Norley Wood

Published on Thursday 1 September 2016

The Forestry Commission is launching a campaign to highlight the importance of the New Forest for fungi, and to appeal for support for a ‘no-picking’ code on the Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Local MP backs exciting New Forest projects

open art

Published on Friday 26 August 2016

Projects to improve water quality, catalogue historical materials and remove invasive plants in the New Forest National Park have received the support of a local MP.

The smooth snake meets its champion

A smooth snake, credit Stuart Woodley

Published on Tuesday 2 August 2016

MP Desmond Swayne is introduced to the rare smooth snake and the projects that are being taken forward to conserve the species.

Reviving rural skills to benefit wildlife

OPOF hedgelaying 2016

Published on Monday 9 May 2016

Volunteers in the New Forest are learning traditional rural skills to help revive the area’s hedgerows for wildlife.

Environmental scheme makes New Forest fit for the future


Published on Tuesday 19 April 2016

A multi-million pound scheme is continuing to benefit the New Forest.

Birds and a brew!

ground nesting birds

Published on Monday 14 March 2016

With the start of the ground nesting bird season, New Forest National Park Authority and Hampshire County Council Rangers will be hosting coffee mornings with a twist this spring.

Gardeners can join fight against invasive plant


Published on Tuesday 1 March 2016

New Forest organisations are appealing to gardeners to help combat an invasive non-native plant which is harming local wetlands.

Dog walkers' views wanted

Dog walker on marshland

Published on Tuesday 23 February 2016

People who walk dogs on the Solent coast are being asked to share their likes and dislikes about dog walking in a new online survey.

New Forest supports 'Clean for The Queen' this Spring

Julian Lewis, Desmond Swayne, Alison Barnes, litter free forest and sea posters

Published on Thursday 7 January 2016

Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year and we are calling for volunteers to help tidy up their community as part of the celebrations.

Multi-million pound scheme enhances New Forest’s world renowned habitats


Published on Friday 18 December 2015

England’s largest environmental improvement scheme has reached its halfway point, after five years of impressive achievements in the New Forest.

Giving New Forest nature a fighting chance


Published on Tuesday 24 November 2015

A community-led conservation project is marking three successful years helping nature thrive in the New Forest.

Ranger Dawn leads the Green Way ahead


Published on Thursday 17 September 2015

New Forest People and Wildlife Ranger Dawn Rayment (above left) is set to become a familiar face across the district as she embarks on a mission to keep it a special place for all to enjoy.

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.

Plan to spruce up New Forest woodlands

land advice

Published on Wednesday 26 August 2015

Residents and wildlife in Milford on Sea are set to benefit from plans to improve wooded areas in the coastal village.

Grants to support ancient New Forest tradition


Published on Tuesday 25 August 2015

A new grants scheme has launched to provide commoners in the New Forest with much-needed funds to support their traditional way of life.

Favourite photos of the Forest announced

seasonal snaps

Published on Wednesday 5 August 2015

The votes have been cast and the winners chosen in a competition to find the best summer photo of the New Forest.

Five-figure funding boost for conservation group


Published on Thursday 30 July 2015

Volunteers in the New Forest are celebrating receiving a £10,000 grant to help them discover and promote the natural heritage of their local river.

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.

New Forest commoners receive expert support

land advice

Published on Thursday 9 July 2015

Commoners in the New Forest will receive much-needed financial support to continue their ancient way of life thanks to help from local land advisers.

Help plant a woodland to celebrate a loved one


Published on Wednesday 8 July 2015

Families are invited to celebrate a birth, marriage or life of a relative this year with the planting of a community woodland in the New Forest.

Newts return to restored New Forest pond


Published on Thursday 21 May 2015

A pond restoration project aiming to benefit wildlife has achieved instant success, with a family of newts returning to the site.

Voting results announced in the New Forest

Seasonal Snaps

Published on Thursday 7 May 2015

The votes have been cast and the winners chosen in a competition to find the best spring photo of the New Forest.

The secret lives of New Forest birds of prey


Published on Monday 30 March 2015

For the next five months, visitors will get a privileged peek into the lives of some of the New Forest’s most impressive birdlife, thanks to high tech video technology.

Rural advice service on a high after five years


Published on Monday 16 March 2015

The New Forest’s commoners, landowners and farmers are celebrating the fifth anniversary of a service that helps them and wildlife thrive in the National Park.

Nominations open for New Forest awards 2015

cyrils soap shed

Published on Friday 16 January 2015

Nominations are now open for an awards scheme to recognise those making an outstanding contribution to conserving the unique landscape and traditions of the New Forest.

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.

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.

Historic New Forest tree preserved for the future in world seed bank

Tree officer Liz Beckett helps collect beech seed for Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

Published on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Seeds from an ancient New Forest tree earmarked hundreds of years ago for the King’s shipbuilding programme will be preserved as part of the world’s largest plant conservation programme.

New Forest at risk from sky lanterns

chinese sky lanterns piece

Published on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Organisations across the New Forest have joined National Parks England in calling for the release of Chinese sky lanterns to be banned due to the significant risk they pose to wildlife and habitats.

Good Woods brought to life for B&Q

corporate day

Published on Thursday 25 September 2014

B&Q employees have got hands on to help revitalise a New Forest woodland as part of their pioneering woodland regeneration project.

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.

New Forest tree expert retires after nearly 30 years

Tree officer retires

Published on Friday 2 May 2014

The New Forest National Park’s Senior Tree Officer Bryan Wilson has retired after nearly 30 years protecting trees in the New Forest.

Packed Verderers Court hears progress in scheme to regenerate the New Forest

Ponies graze on common land

Published on Thursday 10 April 2014

A full Verderers Court of about 80 people heard how the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) Scheme had made great progress, at its Annual General Meeting.

Celebrating Good Woods

good woods

Published on Tuesday 1 April 2014

A pioneering project in the New Forest is helping owners and managers of woodland ensure their woods are healthy and profitable.

Wildlife Forum helps experts stay connected

Adders and flower reptile centre

Published on Tuesday 18 February 2014

Wildlife specialists from the New Forest and surrounding areas looked at ways of making Forest habitats bigger, better and more joined up at a recent event.

Ground-breaking bird study receives vital funding


Published on Thursday 16 January 2014

Volunteers examining the behaviour of rare woodcocks in the New Forest have been awarded over £12,000 to undertake cutting-edge research.

Cattle return to Studland Common after 60 years

studland common land advice

Published on Thursday 14 November 2013

Native breed cattle are once again grazing on Studland Common and Meadow in Milford on Sea after an absence of more than 60 years.

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.

Multi-million pound funding boost to ensure New Forest National Park is fit for the future

Landscape partnership programme

Published on Tuesday 29 October 2013

The future conservation of the New Forest National Park’s unique landscape, wildlife and heritage has been given a huge boost thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Meet the ancient trees of the New Forest

Forest floor

Published on Wednesday 18 September 2013

Come along on a gentle stroll through the Ancient and Ornamental woodlands of the New Forest this Saturday (21 September) in search of the largest ancient beech tree in the Forest.

Environment Minister meets nature conservation leaders in the New Forest National Park

Environment Minister Richard Benyon visits Bisterne Estate

Published on Monday 15 July 2013

National leaders in nature conservation met the Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries in the New Forest National Park to visit projects working to improve the rare landscape.

Rare wildlife discovered at New Forest BioBlitz

BioBlitz 2013 - New Forest cicada launch

Published on Monday 10 June 2013

Rare species of moth and bat were discovered in the New Forest National Park during a 24-hour census of wildlife.

Crucial habitats for birds and bees created at farm

Better Boundaries Project

Published on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Crucial habitats for birds and bees are being created at a dairy farm in the New Forest as hedgerows are restored and field borders rich with pollen and nectar are planted.

New Forest households try wood fuel to escape rising fuel costs

Wood fuel households

Published on Thursday 4 April 2013

As fuel costs rise, a small but growing band of New Forest residents who want cheaper, cleaner energy are increasingly looking at wood fuel boilers instead of fossil fuels and the national grid.

Hedge laying course revives Iron Age craft

Hedge laying at Hazel Copse Farm in Beaulieu

Published on Monday 11 March 2013

Interest in the traditional craft of hedge laying has been revived thanks to a free course run by the New Forest Land Advice Service.

Future of wood fuel in the New Forest

Logs at Ipley Manor

Published on Monday 4 March 2013

Over 100 people attended a day of talks, walks, presentations and site visits to encourage wood fuel production in the New Forest National Park.

Volunteers wanted to help improve woods and rivers

Angela Peters NPA with volunteers at Keyhaven

Published on Friday 8 February 2013

If you love wildlife and volunteering, put Sunday 24 February and Monday 11 March in your diary.

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