Wild New Forest
Wildlife survey and monitoring
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
Recent highlight: Applications open for WNF 2020 Young Persons Wildlife Camp!
Website, blog and social media
Public talks and displays
TV and media consultancy
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
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
We engage volunteers in wildlife survey and monitoring, and provide expert training in specialist techniques such as bird ringing. Our third New Forest Wildlife Camp for young wildlife enthusiasts (age 12-17) will run from 22-24 May 2020, sponsored by the Cameron Bespolka Trust. Our Wild New Forest Facebook page has about 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 soon be offering scheduled and bespoke guided wildlife walks and cycle tours, commencing in July 2020
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