Wildlife spotting fun the for the whole family

The New Forest National Park is famous for its amazing wildlife. It is made up of several different habitats, including woodland, coastal, scrub, heath and low grasslands to name just a select few. The diversity attracts all kinds of animals and insects, providing visitors with a multitude of things to see. If you’re thinking of visiting you should make sure you choose the right time of year and plan exactly where you want to go. The wildlife will change according to the season and even the time of day so you’ll need to do a little research first.

Bolderwood is great for a family day out and gives visitors the chance to see the famous herd of Fallow deer. There are a number of trails through the forest because it used to be part of a coaching route. Hikers and cyclists are spoilt for choice and could spend the whole day exploring and experiencing nature. There are even specific picnic and barbecue sites for visitors to use.

The Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve is particularly popular with birdwatchers. The saltwater lagoons and marshes attract numerous species of birds, including many rare varieties. Stunning views across the Solent also provide a great backdrop. Whatever time of the year you choose to visit there will be birds to see here.

If you want to learn more about all of the various wildlife and plants you can see in the Park you can take a look at the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website. The handy A-Z can help you to learn more about what you can see, where you can find them and what time of year offers the best opportunities to view them.

To make your trip truly special, and give you the chance to see all of the animals you want, you need to choose the right accommodation. Harvest House is a great choice. We are in a fantastic location in Lymington so you are close to the Nature Reserves there and the one at North Solent. Brockenhurst, the largest village in the New Forest, is only a short distance away. At our bed and breakfast in Hampshire you’ll find comfortable rooms, home cooking with local produce and a warm welcome. We have facilities for cyclists and walkers too. During your stay we’ll also be happy to provide advice about places to visit if you need help.