The New Forest
The New Forest is a spectacular landscape made up of a unique mix of woodlands and open habitats that are globally important for nature conservation.
Forestry England manages 47% of the New Forest National Park, including much of the best-known ancient woodlands, wetlands and heathlands, which are home to many rare species of plants and wildlife. In fact, we look after more land and more trees than any other organisation in England.
The red deer rutting season
Our deer conservation areas are important quiet areas for the deer to rest and feed during the rut. We ask people not to enter these areas to avoid disturbing deer. Help us protect these wild animals, find out more: Deer rutting season
Fungi, a kingdom all of their own
Autumn is the time of year when the most wonderful and rare species of fungi can be seen across the Forest. We ask people to look, but please don’t pick the fungi. Find out more: New Forest fungi
Stick to the marked trails
It's particularly important that cyclists stick to way-marked cycle trails in the New Forest, which is a highly protected and fragile landscape. There are over 100 miles of off-road waymarked cycle routes that you can use and cyclists must stay on these all year round. Please note that you cannot use e-scooters on land that we manage in the New Forest because they are currently illegal (except on private land or when used on public roads as part of formal government trial).
Keep your distance
Please help reduce animal accidents by driving with extra care on Forest roads. Please don't feed the ponies and pigs, the Forest is home to many grazing animals and wildlife that can be made ill from discarded food and litter that people leave behind. Please help us keep the New Forest a tidy place for people and safe place for animals by being responsible and taking your litter home.
No fires or BBQs are allowed
The Forest is a no BBQ and fire zone – BBQs and campfires are not permitted in any areas of the forest or in our car parks. Protecting the New Forest from the risk of wildfires is everyone’s responsibility.
Follow the New Forest Code
Ensuring the New Forest is a safe place to come and protecting the very special nature we have here, requires all of us to respect and look after it, find out more: The New Forest Code
Park and drive responsibly
Please park in one of our designated car parks. Parking is not allowed on grass verges or in access gateways. Keep highways clear and leave plenty of room for other road users to pass. Find out which car parks are open and have facilities:
Visit one of our main visitor sites:
- Blackwater (SO43 7QB)
- New Forest Reptile Centre (SO43 7GR)
- Bolderwood (SO43 7GE)
- Knightwood Oak (SO43 7QB)
- Anderwood (SO43 4HT)
- Whitefield Moor (SO42 7QD)
- Wilverley (BH25 5TZ)
- Hatchet Pond (SO42 7WE)
- New Park
- Bolton's Bench
- Verderers’ Hall
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