Hatchet Pond is one of the UK’s most important Ponds for nature and wildlife
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.
Over the last four years a major restoration plan has been put in place and changes made at this location to try and protect it for future generations.
Please note: to reduce the risk of pollution into the pond there are no longer toilet facilities here. Alternative facilities can be found in the nearby villages of Beaulieu and Brockenhurst, or in Lymington.
Visitors also have a critical role to play in helping to ensure this special place can survive by not entering the water for swimming, or any other reason, and not allowing dogs into the water. Find out more about why this area is so special: