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.
Unfortunately, this renowned local beauty spot is currently under major threat from pollution and over-use. Eroding banks and disturbance of the shallow Pond are affecting the health of the water, with the plants and wildlife that rely on it in suffering.
To help protect Hatchet Pond, an action plan has been put in place to try and reverse the decline. 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.
At a glance
The Pond is currently undergoing restoration, please respect the pond and the wildlife here by following these rules:
- No swimming or watersports
- No dogs in the water
- Take litter home with you
- No toilet facilities