The New Forest boasts an impressive array of uncommon and special butterfly species. Being...
"Please drive slow for the ponies"
The National Park is a fabulous place to visit but there are a number of things worth bearing in mind to make sure you and your family stay safe and healthy.
Ticks are found in the wooded and grassy areas of the New Forest. They feed on the blood of passing animals including humans and sometimes cause Lyme disease or Alpha-Gal Allergy. Ticks are most abundant in the late spring and summer.
You can reduce the risk of infection by:
The adder is the only poisonous snake native to Britain. They are not aggressive and will only bite if they are disturbed. For more information visit NHS Direct. If you get bitten go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
Although ponies appear tame and are accustomed to people, they are semi-wild and may bite or kick, so it’s sensible to take care and certainly to avoid standing behind them! It is also important not to feed the ponies as this encourages them to congregate on roadsides and in car parks. It may also make them aggressive and they become greedy and demand more food. There is plenty of natural food for them in the Forest.
Medicinal leeches are found in water in New Forest so be aware if you go paddling.
From beautiful scenery to free roaming animals, fascinating history to scenic coastline, there's something for everyone in the New Forest National Park. This section will help you find your way around the Forest and enjoy all it has to offer while caring for this fragile and important landscape.
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