Burley Heath is a large and relatively quiet area in the south of the New Forest, although
Burbush Car Park has recently had a tendency to become overcrowded with cyclists during peak season and weekends, so an early arrival is recommended to guarantee a place.
From here you can walk SE to
Whitten Pond, preferably following the feeder channel to the north. This is one of
the few places in the forest where you can see Brown Hawkers in season.
To the east of the car park you will find
Burbush Pond and
Long Pond both excellent sites
for Emerald and Small Red Damselflies. There are also
some seasonal pools to the south of the old railway
while the railway itself is a prime spot for Small Red..