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Car park closures

Updated 29th March 2021

Ground nesting birds - car park closures

From 1 March - end of July, special quiet zones will be established around critical breeding locations for ground-nesting birds and a small number of car parks near to these closed. The locations are chosen based on survey work from the previous breeding season and ongoing analysis of the prime locations for different species of bird. Limiting activity in these small pockets helps reduce the likelihood of birds abandoning nests and exposing chicks to predators. The car parks closed are - Crockford, Crockford Clump, Yewtree Heath, Clayhill, Hinchelsea, Shatterford, Hinchelsea Moor and Ocknell Pond. Alternative car parks are located near all of these areas, please do not park on verges, along access tracks or in gateways, thank you.

New Forest Reptile Centre and its car park remain closed. There are no longer toilets at Hatchet Pond car park.