Welcome to

Wild New Forest


  • Wildlife survey and monitoring

  • Conservation programmes

  • Advice to management bodies

  • Scientific data and publications

Recent highlight: WNF attends UK Curlew Summits at 10 Downing Street and Highgrove House!


  • Guided wildlife walks and cycles

  • Specialist photo / ID workshops

  • Young persons wildlife camps

  • Wildlife volunteering

Note that due to coronavirus restrictions we have postponed all WNF events up to 30 June at least


  • Website, blog and social media

  • Public talks and displays

  • TV and media consultancy

  • Educational products

Recent highlight: Pine Marten image is 'most popular' post from 2019 on WNF Facebook page!

About Wild New Forest

Wild New Forest is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) based in the New Forest National Park


Our mission is to deliver high-quality wildlife survey and monitoring data to support wildlife conservation and management, and to inform, involve and inspire people about the wealth of wildlife in the New Forest

We provide frequent (often daily) updates on our work via our blog and social media, and regularly give talks and media interviews 

We work with and provide data to a range of partners, including Forestry England and the New Forest National Park Authority, and our sponsors include the New Forest Association, Hampshire Ornithological Society and the Cameron Bespolka Trust

Current projects

We co-ordinate long-term survey and monitoring programmes for several species of high conservation concern including Curlew and Hawfinch  

We operate infra-red trail cameras to study resident mammals such as the elusive Pine Marten and Red Deer

We also conduct nocturnal wildlife surveys using moth traps and bat detectors, focussing on endangered species and habitats

We are currently repeating a survey of ancient trees in the New Forest, some of which are probably over 400 years old!


All of our survey and monitoring activities are undertaken with the appropriate Forestry England permits and specialist licences, and we have full public liability insurance

Get involved!

We engage volunteers in wildlife survey and monitoring, and provide expert training in specialist techniques such as bird ringing. Note that due to coronavirus restrictions we have postponed all WNF events up to 30 June at least. In the meantime, our Wild New Forest Facebook page has over 2000 members and is a great source of news, images and comment; you can also follow us on Twitter.


Talks and walks

We are available to give talks on New Forest wildlife and conservation (click the link below to see our current programme), and our work regularly features in regional and national media. We will also be offering scheduled and bespoke guided wildlife walks and cycle tours once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Meet the  team

Wild New Forest was initiated in 2016 by Marcus Ward and Russell Wynn, who between them have over 40 years experience of wildlife recording and public outreach in the New Forest National Park. They are now Directors of Wild New Forest CIC, which was incorporated in January 2020 to enable a wider range of educational activities

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