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The New Forest in Hampshire dates back to 1079 when William the Conqueror established the area as a royal forest and hunting ground - his 'Nova Foresta'.

Today the New Forest is a nationally important wildlife environment comprising woodland pasture, heaths, bogs and the remains of coppices and timber plantations.

The forest provides excellent opportunities for nature watching.

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The great thing about woodlands is that they offer little windows into the past. If you know what you're doing, you can get a rough idea of how old a forest is.

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  • Our woods offer amazing opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Nature's Calendar team? Try your hand at deer watching or birding.

New Forest - Visitor Guide

Address:Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire.
Postcode SO40 2LR
Telephone:Lyndhurst Visitor Information Centre - 0238 028 2269
Lymington Visitor Information Centre - 01590 689000

Frog Life:


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Maps:Exmoor National Park maps
Essential kit:Binoculars and camouflage clothing for deer watching. Warm clothing and boots for walking and trails. Tree identification guide.
Nature watching:

Nature watching, riding, walks.

Toad Patrols - via Frog Life


To find out more about amphibians - contact the ARG Herpetofauna Group


There are three access friendly trails for wheelchairs/ pushchairs - guide at visitor centres. The New Forest can be very boggy in Winter so keep to gravel tracks.

What to see: The Knightwood Oak is located near Lyndhurst by the A35.

Getting there:

Three main routes in from the M27 junction 1 (busy in Summer), the A35 from Southampton, and the A31 from Bournemouth.

Trains stop at Ashurst, Beaulieu Road, Brockenhurst and Sway within the forest - ring 08457 484950 for times.

Opening times:All year round
Charges:Not applicable.
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