The New Forest flora and fauna
There are many wonderful and even rare plants found in the New Forest, from slender Cotton Grass and pale Butterwort to the Bog Orchid and Dorset Heather. The New Forest is the only place in Britain where the Wild Gladiolus grows. The New Forest supports a diverse range of wildlife.
This area is vitally important for flora and biological science in general as it contains such a concentration of diverse and many fragile and rare species, such as the Bog Asphodel whose bright yellow flowers can be seen in the summer. Its Latin name, ‘ossifragum’, means bone-breaker as it was thought it weakened cows’ bones however its calcifuge nature means it grows in acidic boggy areas without vital minerals such as calcium.
The New Forest pony and other forest grazers helped create these unique landscape and bio diversity.
Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.
~ William Wordsworth