Activities at Firestone Copse

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Activities at Firestone Copse

Group having picnic forest of dean
Picnics at Firestone Copse
Close-up of two people's walking boots stood on forest ground.
Walking at Firestone Copse

Nearby forests

Parkhurst Forest

Parkhurst Forest consists of both ancient woodland and heathland.

Located on the Isle of Wight, it is a haven for wildlife including the red squirrel and many species of bird such as garden warbler, nightjar, woodcock, green and great spotted woodpecker and long-eared owl.

Children running on muddy forest path in wellies

Whiteley Pastures is home to a variety of rare wildlife including a rich insect population. The woodlands are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest that we work to manage and protect. 

There are a range of gravel paths for you to follow that take you throughout the woodland and its natural features including areas of ancient woodland and ponds. 

woodland trail in picturesque setting

With walking trails, cycling, outdoor play and picnic spots, West Walk is the ideal family day out. At 350 hectares, it is the largest remaining fragment of the ancient Forest of Bere. 

Hatchet Pond lake sunset

Hatchet Pond is the New Forest’s largest body of fresh water and home to some of the rarest wetland plants and freshwater animals long since lost from many other parts of the UK. As one of the most wildlife rich water bodies remaining in lowland England, it has the highest possible conservation status as both a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area for Conservation.

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