The Nature Of New Forest

New Forest is host to a large number of flora and fauna. The different species attract a plethora of visitors to the area. Large animals such as donkeys, cattle and ponies are able to freely graze the grassland.

If tourists decide toImage result for Avon Heath Country Park venture deep into the woods they may encounter wild deer frolicking in the thick foliage. Those who want a photo opportunity with these animals are advised to do so carefully as the creatures are spooked easily.

Oak and beech trees dominate the landscape. These tall and thick species are home to a number of different insects and the birds that eat them. Eagle eyed visitors will spot a number of nests throughout the year. There are plenty of wild flowers.

As the BBC have reported, recently New Forest has become the host of a “secret woodland” which is set to become a nature reserve. The land stretches 386 hectares and contains a number of important bird species. These include hawfinch and wood warbler. However bird watchers are in danger of getting excited prematurely. It remains to be seen if the government decides to open the nature reserve up to the public.

But there is no need to worry. There are over 100 bird species throughout the New Forest area for bird lovers to look for. These include:

  • Hawfinch
  • Common crossbill
  • Great grey shrike
  • Firecrest
  • Hen harrier
  • Lapwing
  • Dartford warbler
  • Nightjar
  • Kingfisher
  • Snipe
  • Redshank
  • Curlew

New Forest is the UK’s answer to an African safari. It is home to at least 3,000 donkeys who are not difficult to spot. They roam throughout the national park. The ponies number around 100 and are very popular with children. There are also 600 pigs who can be spotted during Autumn. Foxes and badgers can be spotted all over New Forest. Recently there have also been sightings of otters and polecats. It is home to two of Britain’s rarest bats – Barbastelle and Bechstein.