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Wildlife Walks in the New Forest

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. And around the third week in September you can usually find the pigs who have been let out for Pannage roaming the forest too.

With a variety of nature reserves and vast heathland and woodland, the forest is a haven for any bird watcher. There are around 100 species of breeding birds in The New Forest.

So, you are never really far from wildlife on any walk in the New Forest.



2 Miles, 1 Mile or 0.5 Mile

All of these walking trails go via the accessible deer viewing platform where the wild Fallow deer are fed daily.

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1.9 Miles

This is an easy walk along the sea wall with views of Keyhaven harbour, the Isle of Wight and Hurst Spit. This is a good spot for bird watching.

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NPA Walking Routes

Visit the National Park Authority website for additional walking routes.

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Reptile Centre

The reptile pits are easy to view for small children and from a wheelchair.

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New Forest Wildlife

Learn more about the amazing New Forest Wildlife.

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