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Hampshire The New Forest Norfolk

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 the spring.

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.
Badminston Common Blashford Lakes Broomy Pond Burley Heath Cadnam Common
Crockford Stream Hatchet Pond Hawkhill Ipley Cross Keyhaven
Latchmore Brook Linford Bottom Ober Water Slufter's Pond Eyeworth Pond
Hampshire Index Norfolk

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