Wildlife in the New Forest National Park
The rich bio diversity of the New Forest encourages wildlife like no other place on earth. The land was set aside as a royal hunting preserve nearly a 1000 years ago. But the New Forest pony have for many millennia helped define and mould the Forest.
The largest native mammal in the New Forest is the red deer. The Forest was initially set aside as a royal hunting reserve and venison was always a favourite of kings. Today they have no natural predators so some deer species are culled to keep numbers down.
Badgers, bats, foxes, grass snakes, adders and pheasants are amongst the many varieties of wildlife that you may come across as well as a huge variety of birds and insects.
New Forest flora and fauna
There are many wonderful and even rare plants found in the New Forest. 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. We can thank the New Forest pony and other commoners’ stock for helping to create such a beautiful and priceless environment.
New Forest fungi
A large selection of fungi can be found in the New Forest.
The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
~ John Muir