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New Forest Wildlife

The forest is a living and working place where ponies, donkeys and cattle freely graze the land and help to keep the patchwork of different habitats intact. Deeper in the forest, wild deer browse beneath canopies of mighty oak and beech - natural scenes unchanged by the modern world.

The New Forest is well know for the variety of reptiles you can find. The open heaths are ideal basking grounds for adders and grass snakes, and the many pools dotted around the area make ideal conditions for frogs, toads and lizards.

With such a variety amongst the wildlife everyone who visits and enjoys the beautiful national park has a duty to ensure the safety of all of the residents, from the big cattle that roam the heathland to the small squirrels that enjoy the beautiful ancient woodlands.