GUIDED WALKS

If you want to learn more about the working forest or spend some time nature spotting, or you simply want to get out for some exercise and meet new people I can tailor a walk to your needs.

Alternatively, go to the events page to see and book pre-arranged walks.

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The New Forest

In 2005 , the New Forest became a National Park and was once William the Conquerors royal hunting ground. It covers 566 sq km and is made up of ancient woodlands, lowland heaths, bogs and river valleys and is a designated site of special scientific interest (SSSI) with a variety of rare species which live and visit here to include rare birds like the goshawk, nightjar, woodlark and Dartford warbler. All 3 native species of snake live within the New Forest as well as the mammals which include 5 species of deer and the Pine marten which are starting to make a comeback! The rare plants that grow here include sundew, petty whin and wild gladiolus (that grows nowhere else in the UK) create a wonderful habitat for rare butterflies, beetles and other insects.

The architects of the forest are the roaming commoners animals such as ponies, cattle, donkeys and in the autumn pigs. Which are left to live wild and the forage on the crownland, being overseen by the “officials” of the forest; Agisters and Verderers. The commoning stock are all owned by people who have commoning rights with their property or land and without these people exercising their traditional rights, the forest wouldn’t be the diverse and important ecosystem it is to allow these rare species thrive.

The New forest also offers a lot of historical sites and buildings from ancient burial grounds and woodlands to wartime evidence and historical coastlines. Along with listed buildings such as the traditional cob cottage and manor houses.

The New Forest is truly a place of historical and diverse wonder for any budding archeologist, ecologist or simply anyone wanting some time in the peace and beauty of what this special place has to offer.

Some useful links to help enjoy your visit and protect the landscape.

 

 The new forest code

The New Forest Heritage Centre

The New Forest National Park

Go New forest

New Forest marque

Friends of the New Forest

All walks have been risk assessed, I am fully insured and hold a Forestry England approved permit.