New Forest National Park

Wild ponies in the heath: New Forest National Park

Wild ponies in the heath: New Forest National Park

Deciduous forests and heath with a high diversity of wildlife

This park in Hampshire covers an area of just under 600 square kilometers. It was originally covered in forest, which was cleared as early as the Bronze Age. The poor soil caused the land to become a heath and it was made part of the official royal hunting grounds around 1000 AD. Conifers were planted here during the First World War to help meet the demand for wood. Today, the park features deciduous forests and heath as well as an amazing diversity of wildlife. The park is once again home to snakes, cicadas, lizards, wild ponies and fallow deer. This is the perfect destination for hikers and bikers.  

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