The New Forest offers an array of fantastic attractions for wildlife lovers and is home to many species, including herds of cattle, pigs, ponies and deer. You can also see many different types of birds as well as foxes, rabbits, badgers, and even snakes and lizards.
One sight wildlife lovers will not want to miss is the New Forest Wildlife Park. The park plays an important role in the conservation of otters, owls, deer and many other species. Guests can learn more about animals that were or are indigenous to the UK during their visit. This includes talks from staff as well as feedings and other events.
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary is a must-see too, and is the home of some of the forest’s oldest trees. There are many great walks in the area, each of which will give you the chance to spot wildlife. One of the main highlights is the viewing platform over the main meadow. From here visitors have a good chance to see the deer that live in the area. From April to September you can even see the herd being fed each day by the local forest keeper.
The New Forest Reptile Centre is a third essential attraction for wildlife enthusiasts. It is home to every species of reptile that lives in the UK, including the rare smooth snake and sand lizard. The conservation centre helps to protect the reptiles and allow them to breed to keep their numbers up. The various species are kept in special netted enclosures so you can observe them with ease. The summer months are the best for visiting and will offer great opportunities for sightings.
If you want to get a better appreciation for the diverse wildlife that lives in Britain the New Forest is a fantastic place for a short trip or a longer stay. You’ll have plenty of attractions to enjoy, and you can make your stay even better by booking a room here with us at our bed and breakfast in Lymington.