Help shape plans to care for New Forest landscape and wildlife

Published Wednesday 26 May 2010

The New Forest National Park Authority is asking people how they think the area’s spectacular landscape and wildlife should be looked after.

Five road shows are being held around the New Forest where people are being asked their views on everything from the tranquillity of the area to adapting to climate change and which habitats to prioritise for action.

The Authority is asking the public to get involved in the preparation of a New Forest Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) and a National Park Landscape Strategy.

The draft proposals have been put together with other organisations including New Forest District Council, the Hampshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the National Trust and Hampshire County Council.

National Park Ecologist Ian Barker said: ‘Now we want people to come along to our road shows and tell us what they think of these initial draft proposals.

‘It’s tremendously important that we have help from individuals and communities to help conserve the New Forest’s special landscape and wildlife.’

The final BAP will celebrate the wealth of wildlife of the New Forest area and help to establish conservation projects.  

Ian said: ‘Rare habitats and species such as heathland, ancient woodland,  nail fungus, wild gladiolus, Hampshire purslane, the hornet robber-fly and the woodlark are all found in the New Forest. These have all been identified as priorities in the national Biodiversity Action Plan and now we need to decide how best to care for them at a local level.’

Sarah Kelly, the National Park’s Landscape Officer, said: ‘The landscape of the New Forest is treasured by many for its natural scenic beauty and tranquillity. The draft Landscape Strategy aims to describe the issues that affect the New Forest landscape and suggest ways that we can all conserve and enhance these beautiful landscapes.’

The road shows are all from 2pm – 8pm and will take place at:

  • Wednesday 2 June at Hyde Memorial Hall, Frogham, Fordingbridge
  • Friday 4 June at the Masonic Hall, Lymington High Street
  • Wednesday 16 June at the Beech Room, Lyndhurst Community Centre
  • Friday 18 June at the Oak Room, Marchwood Village Hall
  • Thursday 1 July at Landford Village Hall, Lyndhurst Road, Landford

People who cannot attend the road shows can log onto and complete a questionnaire by following the links to the Landscape Strategy and BAP road shows.

Further consultation on both plans will take place in the autumn after National Park Authority members have agreed full draft versions.


Media Contact:
Claire Sherwood, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646649

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