I am lucky to have the New
Forest on my doorstep and am frequently out exploring
it's ponds, streams and bogs in season to observe one of
the best diversities of species to be found in the
country. The forest is home to some of our rarer species
such as Southern, Scarce Blue-tailed and Small Red Damselflies, Golden-ringed, Keeled Skimmer and
Scarce Chaser Dragonflies.
The north is usually quieter, while south of the A31 tends to become overcrowded
in peak season and on weekends. Bear in mind that the terrain can be tricky
and a stout pair of waterproof walking boots is advised or better still
a pair of wellies, especially for the boggy areas.
Most of the New Forest is open access, but it goes without saying that
the country code must be adhered to at all times. Close gates, do not start
fires and please take any litter home with you. Make sure someone knows where you are going,
take a mobile phone and be aware that some of our bogs are quite capable
of swallowing small cars, so tread carefully.
I must also point out that certain areas, such as Crockford Stream, are
sensitive and careful navigation should be practised to avoid disturbing
the delicate habitat, especially in regards to rare fauna and flora. Crockford
along with several other sites are also home to ground-nesting birds during
I have recently included some nearby facilities for each site, putting
a map link to shops, toilets, pubs, garages, railway stations, bus stops
and camp sites. Campsites are mostly seasonal, as are some car parks and
toilets, so please check before you visit.
The maps I use are
gridreferencefinder.com and all links are checked regularly, but be advised you may have to refresh
the page or clear your browsing history should the map not show.
For a dedicated page with grid references and resident species click on
the links below.