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Be inspired by nature with the National Park Authority

Be inspired by nature with the National Park Authority


Find us at this year’s New Forest Show to meet staff and members of the New Forest National Park Authority at our award-winning stand.

Discover the New Forest’s wildlife from the ground up as you help create bug homes, immerse yourself in a virtual reality experience and put your creature detective skills to the test.

Join us as we celebrate 2019 being the Year of Green Action and 70 years since National Parks were established. Find out how we are helping more people from all backgrounds get involved in improving the natural world.

We will also be celebrating the achievements of the Verderers of the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship scheme with the Verderers and Forestry England, supporting commoning, improving habitats and inspiring the next generation.

What will you take part in?

See in the eyes of the animals

  • Take to the skies as an owl or hop along the Forest floor at night as a frog in our virtual reality experience.
Luca Marziale, Marshmallow Laser Feast
In the Eyes of the Animals, credit Luca Marziale, Marshmallow Laser Feast

Build a big bug home

  • Get hands-on and create a home for insects at our bug hotel station. No experience needed!

Become a wildlife detective

  • Think you’ve got what it takes to win our creature photo quiz? Get the whole family involved and test yourself as you identify wildlife from close ups.
Close up of a dragonfly by David Kitching
Close up of a dragonfly by David Kitching. Ps. this isn’t one of the answers!

Year of Green Action vote

  • Grab a token and vote for your favourite green project to help local schools make their outside spaces more wildlife friendly.

Meet the teams

  • Did you know that the Forest has many organisations working together to help keep it special for wildlife? Have a chat with staff from different teams and find out where they work with our handy map.

We look forward to seeing you!

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